So will American Pharaoh continue his reign this weekend or will Dortmund or Firing Line upset his attempt to win the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown? For some reason, even though I know AP is perfectly capable of taking this race, I think Dortmund might jump out in front. The biggest threat is Gary Stevens on Firing Line who just might beat Dortmund and AP at the wire by a head or less.
I think the horse Firing Line is a little fresher and his tactical speed will benefit him as long as Gary keeps him off the pace and doesn’t let AP and big D force him to lead where he could tire at the end. Gary is smart but if Firing Line is anything like Oxbow in last years race, he could be well equipped to lead the entire way. We’ll know soon!
Once again it was tradition to hold a Derby party at my house. This year, the adults enjoyed a bourbon tasting with the favorite being a mixed drink of bourbon cream and Not Your Father’s Root Beer. If you like Root Beer floats, this smooth combo comes pretty close and is absolutely awesome! Move over Mint Julep, there’s a new sheriff in town!
As is the tradition, red carpet pics were in order. The temperature was close to 80 degrees and gorgeous. Truly, it was one of the prettiest Derby Day’s I can remember in a long time.
This year, I dressed up in 1915 style to commemorate Regret’s win in the 1915 Derby 100 years prior, marking the anniversary of the first filly to win the Derby. This year also marked the 20th anniversary of Thunder Gulch’s derby win in 1995. Thunder Gulch is On The Point’s grandfather. He was pensioned earlier this year from stud service and is now enjoying the easy life of retirement.
Dream delivered a big, leggy colt at 5:40 am Friday, May 1st. She was 3 weeks past her due date of April 9th. Both mom and son are doing well. Their official photo below taken 3 days following the delivery. The colt appears to like the camera and will pose willingly!