Rebel Wilson

26 Apr 19
Arctic Consult

Dr. Maria Tysiachniouk chairs the Department of Environmental Sociology at the Centre for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg and works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Abstract. As part of a recent study, we investigated benefit sharing arrangements between oil companies and indigenous communities in several […]

26 Apr 19
The Erudite Gorilla

Superman #364 – “The Sounds That Menaced Metropolis” – Cary Bates/Rich Buckler/Frank Chiaramonte This one starts with an awards dinner for journalists where Jimmy Olsen wins for a story he did on chemical waste. Clark and Lois are happy for jimmy, but a rival photographer (Rory Stasson) is pissed off; he says Jimmy (and Lois […]

26 Apr 19
Movies & Drinks

Mill Creek Entertainment, our favorite releasing company for cool, off-beat, inexpensive titles here at the Movies & Drinks offices, has released a single Blu-ray disc Western double feature: 1966’s Fort Yuma Gold, starring Giuliano “Montgomery Wood” Gemma, Dan Vadis, and Sophie Daumier, and 1968’s Damned Hot Day of Fire, starring Robert Woods, John Ireland, and […]

25 Apr 19
Jukes & Jumpers

Wasn’t going to do a mock. But wanted to do a recap/analysis. So, here’s the last minute mock.

25 Apr 19
GoldDerby
“I don’t think either one of them appreciably stepped up their game,” says Gold Derby senior editor Susan Wloszczyna when reacting to the recent ousting of Dimitrius Graham and Uche on Season 17 of “American Idol.” She adds, “Dimitrius looked miserable! When you perform, you need to assume an emotion that is pleasant.” Wloszczyna joins fellow senior editor Marcus James Dixon and contributor Denton Davidson to discuss the recently revealed Top 8, the upcoming Queen music theme and whether or not judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have assembled the best group of contestants ever. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.goldderby.com/article/2019/jeremiah-lloyd-harmon-american-idol-performance-blackbird-lost-his-voice/” type=”SEE” target=”_self”]Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (‘American Idol’) powers through this private ‘Blackbird’ performance even though he lost his voice [WATCH][/pmc-related-link] “Have you guys ever heard this ‘Goofy’ song before?” Dixon asks about Uche’s decision to sing “I 2 I” from “A Goofy Movie.” “He’s in the mentor session with Rebel [Wilson]; she had never heard it,” Dixon continues. “Then each one [of the judges] mentions they have never heard the song. And his reaction is just like, ‘Gasp! How could you have never heard of it? It’s such a good song!’ I think he made a huge mistake.” Davidson agrees it was a poor choice, but believes Uche had bigger problems than that. “I think the band really drowned him out more than anyone else,” he says. “I couldn’t hear him very well compared to the other singers.” When speculating on who has the best and worse chance of pulling off the music of Queen next week, Wloszczyna predicts Madison VanDenburg will have a strong showing. “You have to have range,” she says. Davidson gives his opinion, stating, “I think Alyssa [Raghu] is going to struggle. Voices like Laci [Kaye Booth] and Alejandro [Aranda] don’t fit the genre, but I think they’ll just change the arrangement to make it work for them.” Davidson and Dixon both agree Alyssa and Wade Cota could be the next to go home. “Lionel has already compared Jeremiah [Lloyd Harmon] to Freddie Mercury, so he’s got some pressure on him,” says Davidson, to which Wloszczyna responds, “That is ridiculous!” SEE ‘American Idol’ judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan confess to Gold Derby they regret eliminating this one singer Dixon mentions that many people feel this crop of contestants is the best group of finalists ever, to which he adds, “I think they could be right! What do you guys think?” Davidson bluntly responds, “No. I don’t think so.” He continues, “My favorite season was when the divas were all there and it was Fantasia, LaToya London and Jennifer Hudson all going at it week after week.” Wloszczyna chimes in that one of her favorite seasons included Scotty McReery and Haley Reinhart. For the panel’s full thoughts on those contestants as well as Walker Burroughs and Laine Hardy, watch the fun video above. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.goldderby.com/odds/combined-odds/american-idol-17-top-8/” type=”SEE” target=”_self”]exclusive predictions: Who will win ‘American Idol’?[/pmc-related-link] [predictions-widget id=1202530948] Be sure to make your predictions to influence our reality TV racetrack odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before the next episode airs on ABC. You’ll compete to win a spot on our leaderboard and a $100 Amazon gift card. See our contest rules and sound off with other fans in our reality TV forum. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news. [pmc-related-link href=”https://pages.email.goldderby.com/signup/” type=”SIGN UP” target=”_self”]for Gold Derby’s newsletter with experts’ latest predictions[/pmc-related-link]
25 Apr 19
Press Telegram
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
Orange County Register
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
Daily News
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
Daily Breeze
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
Pasadena Star News
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
Daily Bulletin
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73
25 Apr 19
Whittier Daily News
Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy. But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun him to the wire? It says here that either Baffert will tie Ben Jones and win his sixth Derby, or Omaha Beach, the probable betting favorite, will give trainer Richard Mandella his first Derby victory. Here’s our final Kentucky Derby Super Six, only eight days out from the country’s most famous horse race: 1. Game Winner Yes, last year’s 2-year-old male champion has lost both of his starts this year, but it’s not like he’s been run off the track. He lost by a nose to Omaha Beach in the second division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then fell victim to Roadster’s late rally in the Santa Anita Derby. As Mandella himself admitted, the Candy Ride colt might be sitting on a stellar effort off his two comeback races. He’s got a jockey (Joel Rosario) who knows how to win the Derby (Orb in 2013), and Game Winner has already proved he likes Churchill Downs by winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 2. Omaha Beach Mike Smith had the choice to ride either this guy or Roadster, and he chose Omaha Beach. Chances are he would have been just as comfortable if he’d opted for Roadster, but in Omaha Beach, he’s got a colt with tactical speed, which is such a valuable asset in the Derby. Omaha Beach is by War Front, so the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance doesn’t figure to be a problem. He looked like a horse that had something left when, hooked at the top of the stretch by Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, he dug in and refused to be caught. 3. Roadster Remember this — two of the past five Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Justify (2018), used a victory in the Santa Anita Derby as a springboard to success in Louisville. Five of the past seven Derby winners had ties to Southern California if you add I’ll Have Another (2012), American Pharoah (2015) and Nyquist (2016). Roadster is the only one of Baffert’s trio that has not tried Omaha Beach, and the son of Quality Road, like Baffert’s other two runners, has never tossed in a dull effort. He had a breathing problem when third in last summer’s Del Mar Futurity behind Game Winner and Rowayton, and that’s been corrected by throat surgery. He’s a must use in exotics. 4. Improbable It’s nuts to think a horse this talented is the lesser of Baffert’s three horses, but that just might be the case with this City Zip colt. He’s won three of five lifetime, winning all three of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Los Alamitos Futurity, and finished second in both of his 2019 races. If Omaha Beach didn’t figure so prominently, it wouldn’t be out of the question to envision a Baffert trifecta in the Derby if all three of his horses got good trips. Of course, how many horses get good trips in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby that so often resembles a cattle drive. 5. Maximum Security Owners Gary and Mary West also own Game Winner, so they’re almost as loaded as Baffert. The New Year’s Day colt is the only undefeated horse running in this year’s Derby. He’s 4-0, having easily won the Florida Derby in his most recent start. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] The former $16,000 maiden claimer would give the Wests their first Derby victory in four tries. Their best finish came in 2001 when Dollar Bill ran 15th. Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, is 0 for 1 in the Derby. He finished 11th last year with Firenze Fire. 6. Tacitus Will this be the year Juddmonte Farms breaks through in the Derby? They’re 0 for 4, finishing second with Aptitude in 2000 and Empire Maker in 2003. One big negative is that no winner of the Wood Memorial has won the Derby since Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Tacitus, a son of Tapit, also won the Tampa Bay Derby in March and will bring a three-race winning streak into the Derby for trainer Bill Mott, who, along with Mandella, is looking for his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Follow Art Wilson on Twitter @Sham73