Cat Predicts Kentucky Derby Winner

By Adele

Eskendereya, the Kentucky Derby favorite, got scratched last weekend after injuring his left front leg, throwing the race up for grabs. The new favorite seems to be Lookin at Lucky, who pulled the No. 1 post position with jockey Garrett Gomez.

The second popular choice is Sidney’s Candy, running far outside in post position 20 under Joe Talamo.

I’m not betting my treats on either of them.

It’s supposed to rain in Louisville on May 1, so the track could be swampy, making the race a free-for-all where any horse has an opportunity to make history.

I predict the winner will be American Lion.

American Lion (Photo -

The Lion will be in No. 7 position (the spot of 8 winners since 1900) under David Flores. In 6 career races so far, Lion has won 3, placed in 2, and come in 4th in one.

The Illinois Derby was his last race on April 3, and he won it with Flores. That was just 3 weeks after his 4th-place finish, so the horse knows how to bounce back from defeat and comes to Churchill Downs with the thrill of victory in his hooves.

The Lion’s father was Horse of the Year, Tiznow, his grandfather was Storm Cat, and his great-great-grandfather was Secretariat. Cats occupy many branches of his family tree, and I see that as a good omen.

Plus, he has the perfect name for a Triple Crown winner.

In 2009, remember when Mine That Bird came out of nowhere to win the Kentucky Derby as a 50-to-1 longshot? I predict American Lion will roar across the finish line as this year’s new surprise superstar.


4 Responses to Cat Predicts Kentucky Derby Winner

  1. Adele says:

    Adele, my sister just asked me if “that cat” had picked a Derby favorite yet. We’ll both try to get to an OTB parlor and place a modest bet on American Lion to win.

    Ever since Barbaro and Eight Belles, we worry as much about no one getting hurt as we do about the winner.

  2. catsworking says:

    Adele, I know what you mean. There’s a filly running in this Derby, too. Devil May Care. With all the slop that will probably be on the track, I just hope nobody slips in the mud.

  3. Adele says:

    Well, Adele, better luck next year. Your reasoning was sound, but I guess you just can’t bet against Calvin Borel. BTW, did I hear that Rachel Alexandra raced yesterday and came in second by a nose?

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, I am so bummed. I blame American Lion’s poor showing on all that mud — and Calvin Borel. That guy is getting downright creepy.

    I did hear about Rachel Alexandra. She didn’t win either of her 2 races so far this year, and I could have predicted it. When I interviewed her last year, she was giving off a vibe that was a little too complacent. She must have really let herself go over the winter. Zenyatta, on the other hand, has not missed a beat. She’s had 16 straight wins now and is probably feeling robbed that she wasn’t named Horse of the Year.

    And here’s some good horse news. Before the Derby ran at Churchill Downs yesterday, the late Fred’s pick for last year’s Derby, General Quarters, won a $500,000 race. We thought he had retired. I know Fred is smiling and saying, “I knew he could do it.”

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