Thursday, April 23, 2009

Even more Road to the Kentucky Derby...Spotlight...Desert Party


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Desert Party has been flying under the radar en-route to North Americas premier horse racing event, the Kentucky Derby. Sure John Asher vice president of communications at Churchill Downs has ranked Desert Party at the top of his Derby Contenders List for several weeks now, but the general public has yet to catch on letting the sublime Desert Party sneak off at 17/1 & 16/1 in each of the two final Kentucky Derby Future Pools.
A closer look at this years future pool reveals Desert Party as somewhat of a wiseguy selection. The horse twice opened up at 30/1 only to be bet down to nearly half that number on either occasion.
The reason for Desert Party's "under the radar" status is quite simple... ...race handicappers the world over are all too familiar with just how difficult it can be for a horse win in North America following a trip to Dubai's Nad al Sheba raceway. The score is pretty tight, horses returning from Dubai to race in North America seldom , if ever make it to the winners circle directly off the plane. Another reason for the lack of hype surrounding Desert Party, who has tallied four wins and a second place in just six lifetime starts, is the colts lone second place performance. Back on March 28th of this year Desert Party finished second, chasing home stablemate and co-Derby Contender Regal Ransom in the U.A.E. Derby @ Nad al Sheba racecourse.
Desert Party will look to turn the tables on Regal Ransom on the grandest stage of them all, the Kentucky Derby.
Desert Party is a son of Street Cry who sired unbeaten champion Zenyatta, Italian High-weight Street Boss and the once coveted American racer Street Hero. On the dam's side Desert Party is a grand-son to Tabasco Cat through the virtually unknown Sage Cat. Despite Tabasco Cat's unquestionable stamina his daughters (Sage Cat) have been transmitting speed rather then staying power to their progeny.
It's interesting to note that the Saeed bin Suroor trainee, who is ridden by International top jock Frankie Dettori and owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Godolphin operation has yet to be confirmed as one of the twenty horses that will compete in this years Kentucky Derby despite blowing past Derby Contender Nowhere to Hide during a recent training session over the main track at Churchill Downs.
The success of horses running on or near the lead in the Kentucky Derby is well documented but over the past several years the sit and strike position has proven to be a bit of a thorn in the side of statistics. Horses that avoid fighting for the early lead tend to avoid a lot of the banging and crashing that have become synonymous with the Kentucky Derby.
Zoltan Black
It was announced today by trainer Saeed bin Suroor that Allen Garcia would be aboard Regal Ransom while Ramon Dominguez would pick up the mount on Desert Party for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Although Garcia has been partnered with Regal Ransom for sometime now the decision to give Ramon Dominguez the mount aboard Desert Party was a complete shock to this reporter.
Astute Deby Blogger Justin Dew ( questioned the decision wondering out loud if International riding superstar Fankie Dettori "would have made the trip if he thought either of them (Regal Ransom or Desert Party) was live"

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