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Talkin Bout a Revolution

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/1/2013 6:53:27 PM

“They’re talkin bout a revolution, it sounds like a whisper”, as Tracy Chapman sang but nobody’s was whispering about Revolutionary’s desperate neck win in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.

After breaking dead last under rider Javier Castellano, the son of War Pass was caught wide most of the way, had to go toe to toe with Mylute in the final furlong but prevailed by a sports betting neck in 1:50.28.

The runner got fast splits to close into thanks to Titletown Five, who carved out :46.34 and 1:11.84 splits early on. He was finished when the real racing began and the co-third choice in the field, Departing drafted behind traffic but got up to complete the exacta.

Trained by Todd Plether and his assistant and trainer Mike McCarthy had this to say after the recent victory in the Bloodhorse, McCarthy: “The horse has a tendency to not get away cleanly and got himself a little farther back than we would have liked. Things went from bad to worse from there, but Javier didn’t panic and had faith in the horse. We’ve known all along the horse had ability. When you are pointing for the Derby, this is a huge steppingstone. That was a big, big step against some proven horses.”

One of the betting sites keys to peaking on the first Saturday in May is having a game plan and Castellano has one, Javier: “I think the key with him is that you have to be patient. I could have gone around horses at the three-eights pole because I had so much horse, but I just wanted to teach him something, have him learn something.”

Revolutionary earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure for his win on Saturday and that stands up pretty well. Last year’s Louisiana Derby winner Hero of Order posted a 90 Beyer winning this fixture.

Orb gained a lot of fans Saturday winning the Florida Derby at Gulfstram. In his win in his prior race, the Fountain of Youth, Orb kind of got a set up as the pace was sizzling. The splits that day were :45 2/5 and 1:08 and change.

But on Saturday, he closed like a train into very moderate splits of :48 2/5 and 1:12 4/5 to record his second consecutive 97 Beyer.

Last year Take Charge Indy took the Florida Derby on the front end. He went :47 4/5 and 1:12 flat and earned a 95 Beyer.

Orb is improving like a very dangerous horse but his rider going forward is still not set. His regular jockey Johnny Velazquez has not committed to the horse and he is slated to ride Verrazano this weekend in the Wood Memorial.

Depending on that horse betting outcome, we could find out eventually how good a handicapper Velazquez has become.

Watching Orb, you got the feeling he could have made the lead at any time. He stalked, got to within striking distance while wide, caught the leader and favorite Itsmyluckyday with less than a furlong to go and drew off to win by just under three lengths.

Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey is a super horseman and he has not been to the Derby since 2002 when Saarland failed to win. Shug finished second in the Kentucky Derby with Sunday Silence.

Orb’s trainer on his chances, Shug: “I haven’t taken one to the Derby since Saarland and this horse, by far, is the best opportunity I’ve had since Easy Goer.”

Easy Goer was beaten by Sunday Silence in the Kentucky Derby and had to settle for second but he got revenge stopping Sunday Silence’s Triple Crown bid by winning the Belmont Stakes.

It’s heating up, stay tuned.


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