Other than the Kentucky Derby, Saturday’s card at Churchill Downs includes two more Grade I events: the Humana Distaff and the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. As is our modus operandi at Picks and Ponderings, Paul Mazur and I split up the races: he took on the Woodford Reserve, and I looked at the Humana Distaff.
The Humana Distaff originally drew a field of eight, though it looks to be down to seven with the defection of Sweet Whiskey to Friday’s La Troienne instead. Sweet Whiskey looked to be lone speed, and now the sprint has become a paceless affair. Judy the Beauty looks that much tougher, but there are a few very nice long shots to use underneath.