Well, the Fearless Forecast was certainly "fearless" last Friday...even it if it wasn't too very?
Well, the Fearless Forecast was certainly "fearless" last Friday...even it if it wasn't too very accurate as a forecast. We're speaking, of course, of the Kentucky Derby...and of Silky Sullivan.
It was an overcast day at Churchill downs for the 84th running of the Kentucky Derby--- an overcast which might have been an omen for the Silky Sullivan fans like myself.
But the drinking of mint julep was still in fashion...even though the "mud in your eye" toast was more appropriate on the track itself...which was heavy with fog.
The usual celebrities were there...including veteran actor Don Ameche. And the international horseman...and now diplomat... Prince Aly Khan.
Fourteen three-year olds paraded to the post--- with Jewel's Toward--- Eddie Arcaro up...established as the favourite. Surprisingly, Calymet "Tim Tam" was allowed to go to the post with a price of 3-1. But the Carling of the crowd was the come-from-behind horse, Silky Sullivan...wearing Number 11.
And then they were off. A long shot..."WARREN C." led the pack away from the gate and past the grandstand for the first time. And almost immediately Silky Sullivan--the devil-may-care red Colt lagged behind in his usual manner. There were some chuckles throughout the crowd as Silky just loped along. And who was worried, Silky would certainly do it with his late speedy drive. Heck, everyone know that.
At the quarter mile mark, a long shot name "Lincoln Road" took over the lead...running a strong race. At this point, Silky Sullivan... unconcerned with the whole thing...was an official 28 lengths behind. As you can see on the film...it seems he was further back then that. Also at this point, "Tim Tam" was in eighth position...and the other favourite... "Jewel's Reward" was sixth. "Lincoln Road" running a surprisingly good race, was still the leader, with "Gone Fishin" and "Ebony Pearl" the top contenders. And Silky Sullivan was still 14th in the 16-horse field... way back there.
And then Silky began to move...like a shot it seemed to the roaring fans. At last, here was the famous Silky Sullivan come-from behind finish. With Willie Shoemaker urging him on, Silky made his move. But, also, this time it was too little, too late. Silky had had his death...but oh so briefly. And as the field straightened out for the stretch run it was all too obvious that Silky Sullivan was finished. Now it was "Tim Tam" making his bid..running at the leader "Lincoln Road."
The cheers for Silky were kind of feeble now...as "Tim Tam" overtook "Lincoln Road"...but only by half a length. It was a great stretch drive by the Calumet Farm colt. But perhaps the most exciting stretch run of all was turned in by another long-shot "Noureddin". Who made a bid for the big money in trying to run with "Tim Tam." But "Tim Tam" wasnt to be denied. and neither was substitute Jockey Ismael Valenzuela. Into the winner's circle went Tim Tam...the seventh derby winner for Calumet Farm.
"Jewel's Reward"...generally considered the best bet to coat Tim Tam... use a well-beaten fourth. Silky Sullivan was Fourteenth.
Back at his stall...Silky seems to be thinking..."wha hoppen"
Well...it was a fine race. Calumet Farm earns another 116 thousand, 400 dollars. and so for the Fearless Forecast...well, I got another crack at it when Silky Sullivan runs in the breakness.