The latest edition of the WirePlayers Dirty Dozen Poll has been released. I'm actually enjoying the clouded and confusing Derby picture for a simple reason; the Turk likes drama and this collection of runners are drama. As one of the pollsters I've been applying my own personal bias to the poll each week and for the first time below the official Wire Players Poll I have included The Turk's own Top 12. I reward horses that run and prep, and I reward horses that win or place, that run fast 1/4 miles and that are starting to prep out to 1 1/8 miles and I do have a negative bias against horses prepping on poly with no dirt experience. Right, wrong, indifferent, I dunno. If Mine That Bird teaches us anything it's that the horses don't read the bloggers, don't care what is said on At The Races, and don't pay much attention to the "experts", they just run, and the horse who has the best current form on that day and who has the best trip, and handles the paddock craziness with aplomb is in a great spot to win.
The Official Wire Players Derby Dozen Volume IV
And finally, the Turk would be remiss without taking a minute to remember the great Flanders, 1994 Breeders' Cup Champion who passed away this week after a paddock accident. Rest in Peace and you will be remembered.