If you follow me on Twitter @TygartValleyWV you know I am an avid horse racing fan. This is a big weekend when politics and horses will merge. Horses and jockeys known across the country are already shipping into Mountaineer Racetrack for the WV Derby. They will compete in races named for leaders in our State’s political world.
@CalvinHBorel who has won three Kentucky Derby races will ride in several races throughout the day. Next week at Saratoga he will be inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Every horse racing fan’s sweetheart 25 year-old @RosieNapravnik who has earned $8,142,640 has several mounts. She will be on Overanalyze in the WV Derby, won the Arkansas Derby an important race in advance of the “run for the roses” but finished 11 in the Kentucky Derby. Handicappers look for him to bounce back on Saturday.
A West Virginia rider Jose Montano was selected as the national apprentice jockey of the year. He received the Eclipse Award during a ceremony at Miami’s Gulfstream racetrack. He rides mostly at Charles Town but will make the trip to Mountaineer. He will be on Russell Road a WV breed horse with 43 career starts winning 25.
Stakes races throughout the day are named for West Virginia legislative leaders and the Governor, but expect them to take a backseat to the famous horses and jockeys on the track.
BloodHorse publication has a full review of what to expect on Saturday. If you cannot get there the 44th running of the WV Derby will be on Fox Sports Networks beginning at 5 p. m.