All the famous people have been coming to town this week. Or that's what I'm told: I hear them on our local radio stations and read about them in the newspaper. At this time of year, we begin to see limos in abundance, and all the media people ask all the famous people the same question: "What's your Derby pick?".
I won't even make a joke about asking people from out of town what their Derby pick is, because EVERYBODY ALWAYS asks EVERYBODY ELSE what their Derby pick is. Even strangers on the street. Because you never know, someone might have the inside scoop and make this year's Derby a happy one!
(Okay, every Derby is a good one, and always exciting. But it's a fact, the ones that you remember most fondly are the ones in which your horse wins it. For me, it was Winning Colors in 1988 and Charismatic in 1999.)
Here are some different ways of picking your horse for the Derby:
1. Dosage index, Rasmussen factor, tip and finger sheets - these are all scientific and insider tips that usually...don't really work. Either a horse fails the chart and wins, or, in the case of Charismatic, it made the chart on dosage but the experts all said he wasn't good enough, and he still won. I guess these horses didn't know they were supposed to lose!
2. Go to the dawn workouts at the track - I've never done this, but many people do and swear by a horse's good workout. Doesn't work.
3. Know an owner or trainer and pledge your allegiance to them by betting their horse. Works as well as anything else.
4. Pick your horse by the name or the colors. Most normal, non-fanatical people do this. This also works as well as anything else.
5. Close your eyes and hit your program with a pencil. Whatever it lands on is your horse. I HAVE BEEN MOST SUCCESSFUL WITH THIS!
I'm going to go look at the post positions now...