The Turk's got Derby fever. He's also an addict. Each week over the past three and one half months he's been able to get his fix seeing quality 3 YO Grade I caliber horses competing. And now, it's almost the the last big breeze to blow before the eye of the storm crosses overhead. The last of the Derby preps, the last chance to garner graded stakes earnings if needed. I'm underwhelmed and with the exception of Square Eddie, not intrigued either. For those of you with sharp eyes, that's Behindthebar with Flores up winning the 2008 Lexington Stakes. (photo by Equisportsphotos.com)
Race 9 KEE: The Lexington Grade II; 1 1/16 miles on fake dirt for 3 YOs
The Turk's driving East today to gather with family, smoke a cigar, drink a bit of bourbon, and celebrate a life cut short. Shawn Murphy is truly missed. Our last conversation before he became ill was during the Saratoga meet last year. He was disappointed by the early meet rains but looking forward to Curlin's arrival. I'm sure I'll see him with Aunt Rosie in the clubhouse in the sky one day.