The Walder Blog, April 7

The Walder Blog, April 7

04/07/2011

 I picked the winner of the Florida Derby. Not only because trainer Nick Zito is my neighbor here at Gulfstream, but because I really liked the horse. The first time I saw Dialed In my mouth dropped. He’s an absolutely gorgeous horse. I like his running style, too. It wasn’t necessarily conducive to the way the track was playing Sunday, but I think he’s got a perfect style for the Kentucky Derby

Overall, Sunday was a great day as was the whole weekend. Great days, great crowds. Todd Pletcher’s two stakes winners on Saturday were incredible. They were freaky good. The fillies ran faster than the boys did in the Florida Derby.

I didn’t run anything over the weekend, but I claimed one in the first and one in the last on Saturday. So I was here until 8 p.m. But, all in all, it was a great weekend to watch the races. For those who say racing is dead…all you had to do was come out this weekend to know that isn’t true.

With horses shipping out they’ll be a change here now. It will get harder to find something to claim because, like we’ve said before, horses running for $10,000 will now run for $20,000, and there will be fewer quality horses to claim because horses are shipping out. That doesn’t mean I won’t keep my eyes open.

I came here with 11 horses. I’ve got 34 horses here now. I may send some to the farm for a little R & R – I send them to Red Oak in Ocala – and the others I’ve claimed I’ll keep in training. Meanwhile, I may run the big horse in the barn in a stakes at Keeneland but I’m also keeping my options open by possibly running her in an allowance race here.

I’ll be here until the end of the meet. Talk to you soon.