What a thrilling race. Ice Box, who I had pegged to finish first, finished second. But he was clearly the horse running the fastest by far down the stretch. In fact, with a little better luck, he would have easily won. From the New York Times:
“The Nick Zito-trained Ice Box was running fastest of all late, but had his chances for victory compromised in the stretch when jockey Jose Lezcano ran up on a herd of horses, got pinched and had to pull up. He then swung Ice Box, the Florida Derby champion, wide to launch a closing kick that collared Paddy O’Prado for second place, but was too late to run down Super Saver.”
Here is the link: Derby Recap
All in all, I forgot how much fun watching the Derby is and how much fun it is to handicap. I think I will make this an annual tradition on my blog.