Kent Desormeaux is once again the mount for his trainer brother and he's already got three Derby under wins under his belt with Real Quiet, Big Brown and my favorite horse name of all-time, Fusaichi Pegasus. And if a horse wins the Derby, Preakness and Belmont like American Pharaoh did in 2015, it means a place in history as a Triple Crown victor.
Nine UAE Derby winners have started in the Kentucky Derby since 2000, but none have finished higher than sixth in the "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs. In his stakes debut, he led a tough Santa Anita Derby field gate-to-wire.
The Courier-Journal called Apollo "a large, handsome chestnut colt of impressive appearance and good action", outlined his impressive relatives and concluded: "Coming from such a family, it seems a little odd that he did not as a youngster attract more attention from horsemen, since at the great thoroughbred sales the colts whose brothers or sisters have distinguished themselves upon the turf have brought good prices".
"There's so many other things that can go wrong that I don't even worry about that", Baffert said. That was 1882. Back then, it was only the eighth running of the Kentucky Derby. Each horse had a similar pattern of attack for its given race.
The one thing that will always stick in my mind is the '94 Derby when I came here with Brocco and Mr. and Mrs. Broccoli, who produced the James Bond movies. The notable hiccup worth pointing out though is the quick turnaround coming out of that last race, which occurred April 14. "He knows the horses and I feel very comfortable riding for him". "Whether it happens this year or whatever, it's going to happen". And this Derby appears exceptionally deep.
Hofburg is Mott's first Kentucky Derby runner in nine years. If Mendelssohn can't come through for me, maybe Bolt can beat the Big Sky Jinx. He was purchased as a yearling in Keeneland for $3 million by the Irish giant Coolmore, which desperate wants to win this race. This is a race for 3-year-old female horses, and it traditionally held the day before the Kentucky Derby.
Good Magic, last year's champion 2-year-old male and victor of this year's Blue Grass Stakes drew post 6. And like Justify, Magnum Moon did not race as a 2-year-old. Plus, his sire, Medaglia d'Oro, has a 17 percent win rate in the mud among his progeny and his broodmare sire, A.P. Indy, has produced a win rate of 19 percent among his offspring. Another option is to bet the race online which is legal in most states - just do your research to ensure you are betting with a reputable company.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith makes it look almost easy racing in pelting rain and muddy crowded track
"I've ridden with 20 horses before", he said. Predicting who will handle the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles for the first time is tricky by itself, but there are some clues as to which horses could excel on a wet rack, such as the Tomlinson figures in the Daily Racing Form's past performances.
Baffert, a Derby regular since 1996, has seen it all. His regal bloodlines and $3 million price tag suggest he would be a worthy champion, but no horse from Europe has won the Derby.
"When you're there for the first time, it's not like anything you've seen before", Contreras said. And make sure you get into the draw for 10 chances to win $20 in free VLT spins. This is a good horse. Mike Smith made a point to mention his thoughts on Hofburg to The News on Thursday morning. He ran fast, didn't win.
My Boy Jack moved up to the 5-1 second choice in early wagering Friday.
Justify always has had Baffert thinking big. "His underrated kick to me makes him an upset win threat if he gets an inspired ride and something insane happens pace-wise". Magnum Moon, one of Pletcher's entries, romped to an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the Arkansas Derby. He's just athletic, getting over the ground here and not struggling with it at all.
If you look hard enough, you'll find plenty to like about other horses.
Retired jockey Jerry Bailey, now an NBC commentator, loves Justify, too. What if he steps up his game today like Baffert horses do? He's the one I'd pick. This cool lime cocktail marries the best of both worlds (and liquors) so you don't have to choose between your two favorite day-drinking festivities. And I think it's changed.
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