Union Rags, Gemologist continue to impress on track// Hansen amped// Handicapper picks roll in

Union Rags before galloping at Churchill Downs May 3, 2012. Photo: CTD

Today’s summary will be short. It’s time for serious handicapping. Speaking of which, I’ve put together an addendum sheet you can download here. It contains tons of ranked stats on speed (Beyer and BRIS), pedigree (dosage, TrueNicks, Tomlinson Distance Ratings), pace, workout grades, historical data (post position, jockey, trainer stats), and more.

19 of the 20 Kentucky Derby entrants hit the Churchill Downs track this morning.  Hansen made his first appearance and appeared too amped up looking into the crowd, while Gemologist and Union Rags continue to steal the gallop show.  The roundup video from DRF’s Mike Welsch can fill you in on all the details// Some great articles and angles from the big newspapers today including New York Times and Wall Street Journal.  Pat Forde of Yahoo! writes the article that needed to be written on Dr. Hansen’s hunger for attention and how it takes away from his horse// Handicapper picks are starting to come in and as expected they’re all over the place// more…

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