Well, once again another year of no Triple Crown winner. This battle was supposed to be a duel between the Kentucky Derby Winner, Always Dreaming and Classic Empire (who was initially favored). Up until the last sixteenth of a mile, it did look like a battle. However, the 13-1 long shot Cloud Computing defeated Classic Empire as he came from behind in a nose to nose battle.
Sadly, as my horse-racing fan friend Dave says, “When the Preakness is over with a different victor than the Kentucky Derby, not much is excitement is left for the Belmont.” Oh well, at least we have mint juleps and great hats. Cheers!
Well, we all know that rarely does the “favorite” win and if so, the payout is low. Not to mention, everyone loves a Cinderella story. However, this year’s favorite Classic Empire drew an ideal post position of #14 in the 143rd Kentucky Derby.
A bit about Classic Empire: He won last year’s Arkansa Derby and is trained by Mark Casse. He was named as the 4-1 favorite earlier this week by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.
Personally, I am a bit more concerned about this rainy, cold weather for our Derby Party tomorrow and what hat I am going to wear. Let the games begin!