Sitting with my semi-warm coffee and a bagel, I’m thinking about the 34th running of the Pennsylvania Derby with a one million dollar purse. Admittedly, I haven’t really paid attention to this race in the past. I’m an avid cyclist and last weekend I put the finishing touches on a tear in my meniscus. I have some additional time on my hands, the knee is locking so I need to focus on something else…The Grade II, Pennsylvania Derby.
It’s a great line up of horses and should be a solid race.
77 year old D. Wayne Lukas’s lumbering closer Will Take Charge is in the race with the relative new up and coming Jockey Luis Suez. He held him close to the lead and closed well with him in the Travers Stakes. The Travers set up well for him, it was a big effort but, he may be in even better form off of the win in the Travers Stakes.
Let’s not forget about Moreno his Beyer Speed Figures are strong in his last three races. He held on gamely in the Travers and wouldn’t expect anything less in this race, if he is loose on the lead he may even win.
I’m hot and cold on Julien Lepardoux although I saw how he handled Successful Dan after he flipped on his back in the post parade for the Whitney Handicap and I have new admiration for him. Julien is riding Java’s War, any horse that runs in the Kentucky Derby, I’d keep an eye on. He has had a trainer switch recently with Barclay Tagg which may be a good thing. He ran a 46 second 4 furlong workout which is smoking fast in my opinion.
I also like Fury Kapcori with Hall a Fame Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and who doesn’t like Jockey Mike Smith. He is carrying 7 lbs. less than Will Take Charge. His beyer speed figures have been steadily improving. He’s taking a jump in Class but, he could get there.
In final analysis I think it will be Will Take Charge, with Java’s War flying at the end. Moreno will get up for third. Post time is 5:45 ET. Best of luck to all of the trainers, Jockeys and horses in the Pennsylvania Derby!