Derby Days

The build-up to the Kentucky Derby hits full stride this weekend with the running of the Wood Memorial, the Illinois Derby and, most significantly, the Santa Anita Derby.

The big story at Santa Anita is Sweet Catomine. The big-ass filly and sire of super-stud Storm Cat is currently the 7-5 favorite. She's seeking to become just the fourth filly ever to win the Santa Anita Derby. There seem to be a fair number of naysayers, though, particularly given Sweet Catomine's draw in the two post.

George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road is a slight favorite in the Wood Memorial, but this looks to be a wide-open field. Nobody seems much impressed with any of these horses.

The Daily Racing Form, of course, has scads of excellent Derby coverage, much of it free. Andrew Beyer, the dean of horse-racing scribes, is hyping a three-year-old named Blues and Royals.

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