During this siege of rehabbing, I've had a chance to look down the road I have traveled and am sure that along the way I have had regrets and disappointments, plus all the highs and lows that go along with covering sports in Iowa for a long period of time.
It's timely to come to one of my regrets, which is very timely in the fact that I have never covered the Kentucky Derby. Always wanted to, never did.
I have had the behind-the-scenes tour of Churchill Downs, have seen the spires and the wood and the boiler and the track, but never experienced Derby week. And with that regret in mind, it's a good time to give you the winning horse for Saturday's Run for the Roses.
There is that Iowa angle, of course, with Dullahan, the horse that is owned by a group of 12 from Des Moines. This horse won the Bluegrass Stakes and was fourth in the Breeders Cup juvenile. So that gives Iowans a rooting point.
I do think, in talking to my friends who really follow this sort of thing, that this year's quality of horse flesh is quite a bit above what Churchill Downs has produced in recent years. There is a chance that in this field there could be a super horse.
If that is the case, put your $2 wager on Bodemeister, the Bob Baffert horse that will come out of post position No. 6 and will be ridden by a superior jockey in Mike Smith.
Another choice would be Gemologist. This horse is the son of two-time Breeders Cup winner Tiznow and has never been headed in the stretch.
So there you have three choices. If you take my advice, a small wager on any of the three would probably pay you a $1.50 profit for a $2 bet. But anyway, isn't it great fun to look at another Kentucky Derby in that light, with a little coin riding on the best horses in the field.
Another event that I always wanted to attend and cover and never did was the Indy 500. Never had a shot at the Olympics, but those are regrets for other times. And good racing to you!
(Bob Brooks is sports director at KMRY and has been one of the leading voices of college and prep sports in Eastern Iowa for more than 65 years. He is a 10-time winner of the Iowa Sportscaster of the Year Award, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana in 2004. His sports reports can be heard weekday afternoons at 4:30 and 5:30, and Saturdays at 6:40 for the Hawkeye football wrap-up.)
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