2012 Derby Memories/Preakness Picks

Warning: this blog will ramble and have no real focus. I meant to write this over a week ago to give my post-Derby thoughts, but better late than never!

Sometimes I wish I could just get things together. My seventh Kentucky Oaks and Derby have passed me by, and while I had a great time as usual, at several points throughout the week I felt as though I was losing my mind.

I forgot, lost, and had more things break in one week than I have in a long time. Am I just getting old (turning 31 felt especially depressing this year), or am I just having temporary brain lapses? I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Things that went wrong included leaving my entire toiletry bag containing everything from a toothbrush to deodorant and shampoo in Lexington (luckily I was able to swipe some things from where I was staying); leaving my Derby Day hair piece in Lexington; losing my phone charger cord; leaving my iPhone in the women’s restroom in the press box (I was later able to retrieve it from the lost and found…thank God—it only has my camera, recorder, notepad, email, map system, and numerous other essential apps on it, no biggie); having to get my computer hard drive restored by our IT guy on Oaks morning (it completely crashed and wouldn’t hold a charge); leaving my license in another purse when I needed it at dinner; having no air conditioning in my car in 90 degree weather;  having my phone die on the backstretch when I needed it to find a friend; and my regular camera not working all week (hence the not-so-great iPhone photos).  

I just wanted to share that with you guys, because, you know, it happens! To me more than most people, but what can I say? It’s part of my charm.

Perhaps worst of all was the fact I strongly contemplated placing my first-ever superfecta bet for the Oaks. I really liked Believe You Can, Grace Hall, Broadway’s Alibi and Summer Applause.

In the end, however, I thought a $12 bet was a little too much for me (I’m a cheap-o bettor and only allotted myself $20 total for Oaks and Derby betting), so I went with a trifecta instead. What horses did I choose, you ask? Well, My co-worker, Jason Shandler (yes, I am blaming this entirely on him) was so sure that Summer Applause was going to win the race that I put her in with Grace Hall and Broadway’s Alibi and left the winner Believe You Can out.

Anyway, if I would have just bet my original superfecta—even a 50 cent one—I would have made at least $900. Life is funny and ironic, no?

What’s your worst betting incident ever? Did you have a positive Derby experience this year? Will you be attending the Preakness? Sadly, I will not this year. I had a wonderful time road-tripping it to Baltimore for the 2011 running, but it was just not in the cards for me this time around.

But I wish everyone a good trip! My picks as of now are I’ll Have Another, Went the Day Well, and Cozzetti. I just don’t have a great feeling about Bodemeister for some reason. But considering all my bad luck as of late (or my whole life), I’m not so sure you should take my advice. But if you do and my trifecta comes in, then I will be a genius.

Happy Preakness everyone! Now enjoy some Derby week photos, and then tell me your thoughts on the Derby, Preakness, and life in general.

KY Oaks filly Eden's Moon headed back from the track

Good eats in the media center on the backstretch 

Barn of Gary "Red Dog" Hartlage, trainer of Oaks filly On Fire Baby

On Fire Baby in her stall

Bob Baffert's pony Cowboy--I couldn't resist

Shadows of spectators watching Derby horse Prospective go to the track

Busy morning on the backstretch during Derby week

Grace Hall, leaving the track after morning training hours

Oaks filly Summer Applause chowing down. I forgive you for ruining my trifecta!

The legendary D. Wayne Lukas shares a moment on the backstretch

Long day at the track + no air conditioning in my car=emergency DQ stop

The state of my poor computer on Oaks morning. Luckily our awesome IT guy, Eric came to the rescue


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Tiz Herself

My worst betting incident (I will only bet $20 on a horse, too) was in the 2005 Kentucky Derby. It was my very first year to be able to bet and was super excited!

Looking over the field (at this time I loved Bandini and Afleet Alex, but didn't know much on the others in the field)... I did however like the #10 horse in that race. Not for his race record, as he went into the race a maiden winner. I liked that he was sired by the great Holy Bull and he himself was grey. He was 50-1 odds. I was full heartedly going to bet the $20 that I had to be a win, place show ($5 wps) and save $5 to put on Bandini to win.

However, I listened to my dad. Who doesn't follow the sport and asked why I would bet a 50-1 horse who might have three legs. So I went and put it all on Bandini.

Well, Bandini would finish 19th I believe and I watched in horror as the stretch run resulted in the #10 flying by all of them to get to the wire first.

The payoff from that would have been pretty good (back then i didn't understand a lot on the payoffs and still don't at the best of times)

Since then, I have only ever bet on two other Derby winners; Street Sense and Barbaro. Yet, the one that got away was the grey Giacomo. Got to meet Giacomo in 2010 at Adena Springs and had to get my picture with him giving him a mint to show my dad the 50-1 that I let him talk me out of. Needless to say that he doesn't say anything to me anymore about betting and he actually has on occasion given me a $10 to go and earn him some.

This year, I wish I had placed money on Believe You Can as she is the five Oaks winners that I have rooted for that came in. Before her, called Proud Spell, Rags to Riches, Blind Luck, and Rachel Alexandra.

18 May 2012 12:07 PM
Esther Marr

Tiz Herself: usually my sentimental bets don't come through for me, but it would have this year if I had gone with my gut about Believe You Can! Love her connections and the story behind her name, yet still didn't bet her:/ Would have, should have, could have, right?

18 May 2012 1:08 PM
The Deacon

I feel your pain Esther, I boxed in the Superfecta I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Went the Day Well and Creative Cause......then along comes Dullahan to cost me a small fortune....ouch.

Good blog but Jason gets a pass, apparently he is moving on to bigger and better things.

Good luck tomorrow.......

18 May 2012 5:02 PM

My worst betting experience was placing every previous won amount WPS on a horse I said back in January would win the derby. About 30 minutes before it started, I noticed I had 100 WPS on the horse.  I'm a small time better, so I got scared and cancelled ALL my tickets.  The horse BARBARO of course trounced the Derby field.  It was the first time I had ever picked the Derby winner.

19 May 2012 7:17 AM

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