Monday, April 22, 2013

The Kentucky Derby & David Francis' Dead Cert

The Kentucky Derby, to be held on May 3rd, is little more than a week away. Here's the latest from the Washington Post article, "Top Kentucky derby contender Verrazano, Revolutionary post workouts at Churchill Downs:"
Verrazano and Revolutionary were among five Kentucky Derby contenders posting workouts at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.
Unbeaten Verrazano worked five furlongs in 1:00.20, while Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary breezed four furlongs in 48:80 with three-time Derby winner Calvin Borel aboard for the first time since being chosen to ride the colt.
Both 3-year-olds are trained by Todd Pletcher, who could have as many as six of the 20 horses in the Derby on May 4.
For a novel about horse racing, try Dead Cert by Dick Francis:
A jockey-hero ... realizes that a horse against which he was racing (at Maidenhead) is put at a disadvantage when the champion jockey who is riding it is murdered before the winning post. He must turn detective. (From the BBC review.)

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