Weekends are slow on the TBA feed, that’s why I look forward to Monday and the chance to read what other bloggers have to say about the weekend’s events. Any Given Saturday was knocked off his pedestal by Street Sense who everybody thought was not cranked up enough to win. Was Carl Nafzger being coy about Street Sense's readiness? Calvin Borel wasn’t being coy when he said the Street Sense we saw on Saturday was twenty lengths short of his best. You do the math. There are some in the press who are still trying to find a reason to put Any Given Saturday back up on his pedestal. They have decided the best way to do that is to deflect from his loss by changing the subject to Street Sense’s bandages and Borel’s trademark rail skimming trip. In my opinion Any Given Saturday’s best Saturday was last Saturday and he will regress from here. As for the Street Sense detractors, I say put down the New York Post and the Racing Form and watch the horse run.
Obviously Street Sense, Great Hunter and Circular Quay head the class. In their few meetings they have repeatedly proved best. Stormello’s best Saturday was probably in the FOY. Liquidity’s poor performance in the Louisiana Derby reflects on Ravel’s abilities. If Great Hunter comes east for the Blue Grass, Ravel may not have to beat much in the Santa Anita Derby and will go into the Derby as this year’s Brother Derek. It looks like the Blue Grass will be a meeting of the titans with, Street Sense, Great Hunter and Circular Quay set to compete and my pal Birdbirdistheword looking to spoil the party. The Wood Memorial shapes up as an opportunity for Nobiz to finally show he has learned how to change leads. The Florida Derby looks like Scat Daddy’s race to lose. . The Derby should be Curlin’s fourth career start and probably his first loss