Eskendereya’s Wood performance makes him big Derby favorite

by Joel Cunningham 8 years ago

On location at Spendthrift Farm, Joel & Jon fittingly discuss the Triple Crown possibilities of Eskendereya in front of the Wall of Fame, which includes Seattle Slew and Affirmed – the last two Triple Crown winners. Now a huge favorite to win the Kentucky Derby after romps in the Wood and Fountain of Youth, does Eskendereya have what it takes to win the Triple Crown? Watch video and comment.


  • Trackman Nick

    Eskendereya basically duplicated his 8 1/2 length Fountain Of Youth win and even went a shade better in the Wood winning by 9 3/4 lengths. Have we even seen Eskendereya’s best??

  • This is a disaster and shows why there are no real experts when it comes to handicapping. Eskendereya has raced back to back against very light competition and very slow fractions. Pace makes the race and what pace has this horse seen? What great contenders has he seen ? Jackson Bend is a sprinter from CALDER. He faced one G3 winner and won by 9 and he is the next coming? Maybe some of you need to watch what happend to him the last time he faced the big boy like Lookin At Lucky and Noble’s Promise. Two easy preps and he is the favorite? Crazy. All I can say is bet him big I will enjoy taking your money. Watch the Arkansas your Derby winner is the winner of the Arkansas.

    • Joel Cunningham


      I agree about Esky. He’s not my kind of horse for the Derby, but he does deserve to be a heavy fave. Sounds like we’ll both try and beat him on May 1st – but I doubt I’ll be trying to beat him with a horse coming out of the Arkansas Derby like you will.

      • There is suppose to be a thing called handicapping. Watching a horse beat weak competition and then claiming him the Derby favorite is just plain nuts. After Noble’s Promise wins the Arkansas and goes over a million in earnings and heads into the Derby with 2 G1 wins under his belt he will be MY Derby favorite. Not some horse that ran a couple of weak preps and the third slowest Wood in 20 years.

        • Joel Cunningham

          I understand what you mean. But there is no denying who the favorite will be on May 1st…I don’t care if Noble’s Promise wins by 10 this Saturday, Esky will still be the favorite. Fortunately for you (and me), maybe we can capitalize on not liking the horse that will take most of the wagering!

  • Lol…. agreed. Esky as the favorite is a joke. Competition matters and he has faced none.

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