2014 West Virginia Derby

Mountaineer’s West Virginia Derby

TapitureLet’s preview the running of the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby going 11/8 miles for three year olds for a purse of  $750,000. The morning line favorite is John Sadler’s Candy Boy with Corey Nakatani in the irons. Candy Boy’s last graded stakes win came in the Grade 2 RB Lewis at Santa Anita back in February. He likes to be reserved just off the pace and try to win it down the stretch. He comes from out west where he primarily runs and it will be somewhat of a transition here in West Virginia. I really don’t like his chances. Second in the ML is Steve Asmussen’s Tapiture with Rosie Napravnik in the saddle. He has not run since June 14 at Churchill Downs where he annexed the Grade 3 Matt Winn. He is a versatile type who can set the pace or be content to rate just off it. He has been working at Saratoga and will be on his toes for this one.

Vicar's In TroubleThird choice in the morning line is Michael Maker’s Vicar’s in Trouble with Alan Garcia getting the call. He ran third in the Iowa Derby as the favorite, but just hasn’t performed well without Rosie on his back. He would prefer the lead if he can get it. I believe the race will set up this way. The sprinter in the race is Gold Appointment and he will be winging it on the front, but will soon give in to the serious contenders. I believe it will be a three horse race down the the stretch with Tapiture getting the prize, Vicar’s in Trouble second and Candy Boy third. Happy Horse Betting Guys and Gals!




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