Losing an eye a year ago wouldn’t stop Patch from becoming a Kentucky Derby 143 contender
Bred and owned by Calumet Farm, Patch
began racing just this past January
and earned enough Derby points from a 2nd place finish in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. Trained by Eclipse-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, although Patch may lack the experience of his competitors on the road to Derby 143, he got there with only one eye.
Brady w/Jimmy G & Jacoby B, then TFB & Big Papi. This is what #wordsfail was created for. Churchill Down smay have never seen so much mansomeness and GOAT in one area before. Handlers probably passed out towels to passerbys by to dry themselves off from all the spontaneous sweating and fainting. This is the best looking QB corps in the NFL now, maybe, ever, and then our everything from the past fifteen years of Boston sports. WYeah, I’m fangirling here, but whatever…this is fan pinterest worthy (we’ll call it fanterest). Wouldn’t have blamed anyone if there eyes weren’t on the Kentucky Derby yesterday.
“I’ll tell you everything wrong with ___ in less than ___ minutes.” “The first problem is that you exist,” “This scene does not include a lap dance and I’m disappointed.” “Stealing by accident is still stealing.” “You’re enunciating through your nose.” “Apparently saying 'I don’t know’ in a lecture about the pyramids is a huge no-no.” “Oh. Awesome. Could you be a little more vague?” “I have never heard anyone use that pronunciation in my life.” “Only dopey nerds have allergies.” “You know you’re a workaholic when getting called back to work is the only thing that can snap you out of your deep depression caused by your son accidentally killing himself.” “The hell? Do you even coffee?” “You brought in an expert to help you decipher the code but you didn’t show him everything? The fuck kind of logic are you following?” “He’s drawing on the screen with a permanent marker!” “And so he owned it. But he was stupid, so he put it in storage.” “First of all, that was morbid.” “You look beautiful and all, but maybe now’s not the right time to be posing or photos.” “You’re not even offering anything? Just an open hand of gentrification?” “Yes, the questions was lame, but you didn’t have to be such a dick-tard about it.” “I’m killing, smoking, and having everyone else do the work. You really have to appreciate my growth into a beautiful person.” “That guy may have a big dick, but he also IS a big dick. Dick.” “That’s like recycling all the onscreen actions of Two Girls, One Cup.” “That’s the ‘I’m totally in love with them but have no chance’ face.” “BDSM isn’t open during business hours.” “I know you’re comically inept so I’ll let this one go.” “Bonding by way of vandalism. Hmm- Bondalism?” “That’s the fancy way of saying you killed him.” “Sure, the one thing…. the ONE THING you had to do in the middle of a kidnapping plot is to fire a flare up in the goddamn air.” “Your friend is the valedictorian of this school? How badly did everyone else fuck up for them to become the valedictorian?” “To be fair, those birds shouldn’t be chirping. They should be eating that person I killed.” “Not even the wind or that Bronco could undo the mid-life crisis look in your hair.” “Nothing good happens when it involves gloves and a Bronco.” “You’re perfect, in a perfect home and likely have a perfect florist, so why not buy the real thing instead of a painting?” “She was taking that dog to wherever as an accessory, which makes her an awful person and thus rightly tortured for the rest of her life.” “You even walk like a thoroughbred horse at the Kentucky Derby.” “Bow down, bitches.” “Have you see the shit down here? We don’t need no parental advisory.” “Please tell me she didn’t flood the city again just to make this video.” “Ooooh, it’s a metaphor.” “These are some stupid rules.” “I would hope the things you eat didn’t complain, because they should be already dead.”
Classic Empire, last year’s 2-year-old champion and winner of the Arkansas Derby in his final prep, was installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. His trainer, Mark Casse, was sweating out the draw as the dreaded No. 1 position was still on the board when Classic Empire’s name was called. The inside gate is viewed as the most challenging in a 20-horse field because horses can get trapped on the rail and struggle to get a clear path to run.
“Given the last four or five choices, I was real happy because I could just see the 1 hole and the 1 hole could have been disastrous,” Casse said. “I was already ready to tell everybody, hey look, we’ve overcome everything else, so why not this?“
The post position draw didn’t appear to compromise any of the favorites.
Always Dreaming, the impressive Florida Derby winner, will break from the No. 5 gate as the 5-to-1 co-second choice along with McCraken, who drew the No. 15 hole.
Kentucky Derby Clockers May 2: Irish War Cry looks ready for 10 furlongs at Churchill
Gary West is impressed by a top Derby contender on many lists, Irish War Cry, and discusses how quite a few in this year’s field have an inexplicably disappointing performance on the Derby trail. Also Always Dreaming answers the questions about his behavior at Churchill with a healthy appetite (and his cuteness levels go off the charts).
Mike Welsch analysis from Daily Racing Form concludes the Dawn at the Downs video round up at the bottom of this post. Gallop videos below include Thunder Snow from Dubai, Irish War Cry, Tapwrit, and all 17 hands of State of Honor.
Always Dreaming wins the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.; Pope Francis is cheered by students’ groups advocating for peace as he arrives to greet them at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican; a child looks out from a voting booth as French citizens living in the United States cast their ballots for the French presidential runoff at the French Embassy in Washington. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma)
Photo credits: Patrick Smith/Getty Images, Andrew Medichini/AP, Mike Theiler/Reuters, Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP