Papa Don’t Take No Mess(y Track)

Papa Clem, originally uploaded by qtfeather2000.

I’m going with Papa Clem today and keying him in exactas with a couple of favorites.

I like that he’s improving, coming off a gutsy win at the Arkansas Derby, and has a pretty decent Beyer Speed Figure (4th highest). I threw away a couple horses because they hadn’t raced on dirt (ahem, Pioneerof The Nile). Churchill’s reporting (via Twitter) the track’s sloppy today. I’m eager to see what happens with those horses used to more uniform surfaces.

But what the hell do I know? My Derby record is 0-for-8. I’m mainly in it for the fine, fine juleps. Big ole hat tip to the Post’s Anthony Affrunti, who recommended I check out Clem and wound up picking him in Friday’s paper, along with Hold Me Back and big-ass underdog Flying Private.

Here’s a great photo of Papa Clem from earlier this year at Santa Anita taken by flickr’s qtfeather2000, who’s got a ton more great horse shots. Hopefully we’ll have one of Clem in roses to post tonight.

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