Kentucky Derby #20. Patch 30-1

Union Rags x Windyindy (A.P. Indy) KY
T Pletcher / T Gaffalione
1-2-0 (3) $230,020

The one-eyed wonder is the talk of social media. He’s the most lightly raced colt of the bunch with just 3 starts and will be fighting Apollo’s curse since he didn’t debut until mid January. Patch has impressed in each of his 3 races – breaking his maiden with a big speed figure at Gulfstream, then finishing a good second in the G2 Louisiana Derby. A lot of Derby history is up against Patch, but he’ll be a definite fan-favorite on Derby day.

He hasn’t run on a wet track, and it’s hard to say if freshman-sire Union Rags will be a good mud sire.

Pedigree Note: He’s a half-brother to G2 winner Tiz Windy.


Patch aiming for the Belmont Stakes?

Win or lose in the Kentucky Derby, Patch’s day could still come in the 2017 Triple Crown series. Here trainer Todd Pletcher mentions how his breeding would suit the Belmont Stakes distance even better. Farsighted? Patch is by Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags, and his dam’s sire is no less than A.P. Indy himself, a Belmont winner whose progeny also loved the distance. The Derby will be only Patch’s fourth race, but even with a promising effort it could prove the perfect prep for the Test of Champions.

Here are replays of his maiden win and the Louisiana Derby where he finished 2nd, but galloped out ahead of the winner. He was 2nd in his first race.

Maiden win (1 mile) Gulfstream Park, February 18 (#3 blue saddle cloth)

Keep reading

Duran Duran “Union of the Snake” promo 12″ single, 1983. I know I blogged about Duran Duran yesterday, but today, April 26th, is Roger Taylor’s birthday (b. 1960) so I’m spinning the rock-solid beats of “Union of the Snake.” The single was the first release from their third LP Seven and the Ragged Tiger. “Union of the Snake” hit #3 in the UK and US and Roger Taylor stated that he drew inspiration for the song’s rhythm from David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” also released in 1983.

Side A is an extended mix of “Union of the Snake” and Side B has both the single version and “Secret Oktober,” which does not appear on any original Duran Duran albums (though it is on the 2010 reissue CD of Seven and the Ragged Tiger). The band needed a song for the flipside of “Union of the Snake” and quickly wrote “Secret Oktober,” whipping it out, including recording and mixing, in less than 24 hours. Amazing, because it is a beautiful, atmospheric track. 

Wise on a birthday party, in a world
Full of surprising fireworks and sudden silence
Lies on a stranger’s bed the new day breaks, like a speeding train
Or an old friend ever expected, but never knocking

Holding your own in a battered car
All night parties cocktail bars
And smile when the butterfly escapes the killing jar

Sure eyes awake before the dancing is over
Wise or naked in secret Oktober

Freefall on a windy morning shore
Nothing but a fading track of footsteps
Could prove that you’d ever been there
Spoken on a cotton cloud like the sound of gunshot
Taken by the wind, and lost in distant thunder

Racing on a shining plane
Tomorrow you’ll be content to watch as the lightning plays
Along the wires, and you’ll wonder

Sure eyes awake before the dancing is over
Wise or naked in secret Oktober


The Lane’s End Experience

I found this video while perusing for horse documentaries to help inspire me to improve my own work. This footage makes me want to die in a good way.