Some quick thoughts right before boarding a plane to Louisville:
The forecast for gloomy skies and rain for the next two days will radically alter a lot of the great racing that's on tap. It will be a shame if the track is sloppy on both days as we may not see the best effort of all the horses and/or having horses scratch due to off track conditions.
One of those horses is Zenyatta, the filly who was Horse of the Year runner-up last year. That would be such a shame as it would provide one of the greatest stages for the 5-year-old mare to make her 2009 debut and deprive the fans from seeing a special horse.
If the track is sloppy for the Kentucky Derby, my prediction is that Friesan Fire will become the post-time favorite as he won his last race very impressively in the slop.
After looking at the Ragozin Sheets for the Kentucky Oaks last night, Rachel Alexandra is not the lock I suspected she would have been. Could be a great race with Justwhistledixie.
They are boarding my flight. I am outta here. Next report will be from the Derby City. Doesn't get much better than that!!!