All of the inside scoop on Virginia's biggest day of Steeplechase racing -- the Virginia Gold Cup. Hey, 50,000 of your closest friends can't be wrong! Do you have your tickets yet?

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Maybe he can win that other little race they run down in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on Friday. That would be the Kentucky Derby which this year will once again feature a full field of 20 horses.

There are lots of familar faces including Michael Matz who trained ill-fated Barbaro, Todd Pletcher who has won every race under the sun except the most exciting two minutes in sport, Barclay Tagg who pulled the big yellow school bus across the wire with Funny Cide and wiley cajun Calvin Borel who won the race last year with Street Sense.

Big Brown had to overcome the far outside post 12 when he won the Florida Derby five weeks ago at Gulfstream Park. However, on Saturday when he tries to become the first horse in 93 years to win the Kentucky Derby off just three starts, Big Brown will be farther out. In fact, he will be just as far as can be, in post 20! Oddly enough, that's the position co-owner Michael Iavarone and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. surprisingly selected when post positions were set last night.

Big Brown, who has won his three starts by a combined 29 lengths, was installed as the 3-1 favorite on the morning line set by Mike Battaglia of Churchill Downs. Colonel John, the Santa Anita Derby winner, wound up in post 10. He is the second choice of both Battaglia (4-1) and Watchmaker (5-1).

Pyro, who won the Louisiana Derby before finishing 10th in the Blue Grass Stakes, is the third choice on both lines at 6-1. He landed post 9.

Tune back in tomorrow and we will give you the scoop on the horses entered in Saturday's 83rd Virginia Gold Cup.

(Big Brown photo by AFP/Getty Images/Andy Lyons)

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