City Steel kicked off Derby Week for us on Opening Night at Churchill Downs with a WIN in the second race. Desperado Racing fans cheered City Steel to victory as they were out in full force at the track, the local OTB or tuned in to their live internet feed. The excitement from this victory is still fresh over a week later.
On Derby Week Wednesday Desperado Racing partners had a Kitten’s Joy filly, in which we own a small percentage, in a mid-afternoon race at Churchill Downs. I went down early in the morning for workouts during Dawn at the Downs, which I recommend. For a Kentucky Derby fan, it is an interesting (and free) way to see the horses in a different setting. That afternoon I met up with some Desperado Racing fans for Kitten’s Race.
We went to the paddock to watch Kitten get saddled and then watched the race from the rail. Upon our return to the box where we were sitting, we found that California Chrome’s owners had gotten tired of standing and chosen our box to sit down while waiting for Derby draw time. We had a wonderful visit with Steve and Carolyn Coburn, which may have been the highlight of my Derby week!
A group of Desperado Racing partners and fans decided that missing the Derby would be a terrible shame, so we swallowed hard and purchased some seats. Derby Day was perfect. We had a splendid day enjoying the sunshine, racing, and terrific company. When it was over we decided that value of our day was far higher than the price we paid for the tickets. While our handicapping left something to be desired, I am happy to say that we were all behind both Wise Dan and California Chrome for the main events and experienced the same love of these horses and their stories that is found throughout the media this week.