Brother Derek

May, 5, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In our last conversation, which was decidedly one-way, I mentioned the cold and flu season and how, so far, Derby 132 sucks for me.

A $589 trifecta win on Thursday and a conversation with Alex Solis was the elixir needed to get well.

Never felt better.

About Brother Derek.

It's the eve of the Derby and the guy riding my horse promises his animal is ready for all comers. Solis was a guest with (ESPN racing analyst) Randy Moss on Wire 2 Wire. Just before I spotted him on our fourth floor set I'd suffered 30 minutes with Jerry Bailey. He gave me every reason not to pick Brother Derek. The key one being he believes Brother Derek hasn't shown the ability to run relaxed, which most folks believe is a requirement if you're going to win at a mile and a quarter while drunk people yell at you from the infield.

Forget Bailey. He hasn't ridden a horse competitively in five months.

Here's what the Brother Derek supporters get from Solis:

• Brother Derek can rate. His recent workouts have been all about learning to relax more.

• He hasn't had to be on the lead the entire way to win his races out West.

• He hasn't been asked to really run yet.

In the Santa Anita Derby, Solis put on the brakes a couple hundred yards from the wire and still no one was closing on him.

There's some chance that every question I asked Solis was meant to confirm my original premise; which is, Brother Derek is the best horse in the race.

Stevie Wonder said it: "The Power in the seeing is believing." And all I've seen is perfection from Brother Derek this season. As a matter of fact, Stevie Wonderboy ran behind him too.

I've seen enough. I don't want to hear any more.

Editor's note: Kenny hasn't nailed a pick in the Kentucky Derby since 2000, when favorite Fusaichi Pegasus won.


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