Let's cut the hemming and hawing and go right to the chase.
I don't just like Hansel. I love Hansel.
OK, so now I'll say how I really feel about today's Kentucky Derby. If you want to make a score on this Derby, you have to go out on a limb at some point. If you like a long shot, that's going out on a limb. But if you believe it's strictly a four-horse race, which it certainly seems to be, then you have to commit strongly to one of the four.
Hansel has so many things going for him. He showed precociousness at 2. He has win-the-Derby type breeding. He has a good post and figures to get a good trip. He has a proven trainer (Frank Brothers) and a proven jockey (Jerry Bailey). And, most importantly, he is training beautifully and peaking at a perfect time.