So who’s going to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby, huh? I know, silly question considering the winner may not have even made his or her first career start. But hey, it’s never too early to speculate, right?
You can start right here at home when talking about some of the contenders. Bob Baffert is mighty high on CashCall Futurity winner Pioneerof the Nile, and rightfully so. Ron Ellis, who’s never won a Derby, has a couple of nice 2-year-olds in Believe in Hope and Rail Trip. Doug O’Neill has Square Eddie, who ran well on Breeders’ Cup day.
Then, of course, there’s Vineyard Haven — a lot of folks’ top pick for next May’s Run for the Roses after victories in the Champagne and Hopeful stakes back east. He’s now in Dubai, property of Godolphin Stable. Midshipman, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, is also in Dubai.
So who do you like? Who’s your early Derby pick? I’d pick Midshipman if he wasn’t going to try to win the Derby by prepping in Dubai. I don’t like that route. My opinion is that the Derby winner isn’t even on the radar yet. Remember Big Brown? Last year at this time few knew about the future Derby and Preakness winner.