Dear Partners and Friends,
Another Derby in the books. We like to think of them as "official" Derby's (the ones where we have a horse in the race) and unofficial Derby's. The two are so different.
This year was relaxed, enjoyable, uncrowded on the balcony and a great time. Lots of handicapping and time to get to know new partners as well as hanging out with longtime friends.
The Bias and Sukup clans, Team Neil Ashe, Marc Harding and Tom Vaughan were all attending their first Derby with Donegal. Welcome aboard to all of you and we hope to share many more Derby's with you in the future.
But let's face hard, cold facts: We are not in this to watch!
Sure, it is much more work to be "in the Derby" but that is exactly the kind of work I am looking forward to next year with our off the charts group of two year olds making their bids to earn a "run for the roses."
As Bob Hogan said shortly before the running of this year's Derby, "Okay Crawford, it is time for us to win this thing next year." Bob seems no longer content to just be IN the Derby :).
Donegal partners tend not to play the betting favorites but hats off to Gary Kirke, Jr. who believed in Nyquist from day one (so did Cliff Gold among others) and while they cashed tickets at Nyquist at just 2-1 that was a lot more than yours truly!
This year's crop of three year olds is not stellar despite the big runs by Nyquist and Exaggerator. Nyquist will be a heavy and deserving favorite in the speed biased shorter Preakness. The Preakness is historically the burial ground of closers. The Belmont will be his true test. He is not bred to run a mile and a quarter let alone a mile and a half.
Moon is likely to run on Preakness Day in the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes.
Ice is doing well at WinStar rehabbing.
Remember to get your Saratoga housing requests in as some days are already nearly filled.
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