Tomorrow mark's the 144rd running of the Kentucky Derby and, as expected, the race drew a full field of 20 runners.
Audible jockey John R. Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher in the winner's circle after winning the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., on Saturday, March 31, 2018. If a horse is not listed, he hasn't run on a wet track.
Just like Felix Mendelssohn, who had been a child prodigy in painting, music and poetry in the 19th century before he became one of the world's most famous composers, Mendelssohn the horse has enjoyed an equally rapid rise to fame. That was his last win.
Vino Rosso really came into his own last month when winning the Wood Memorial in NY, his second race in blinkers and his third start of this 3-year-old campaign. That's because the horse will be the victor of the 144 Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.
"There's probably a number of reasons for it, and inexperience could be part of it", Pletcher said of the unraced 2-year-olds' futility. The colt won the Blue Grass last month, one of six victories at six different tracks.
Justify, who started racing as a three-year-old, is the current favorite to win Saturday's race after triumphing in three contests, including the Santa Anita Derby in April.
Good Magic, last year's champion 2-year-old male and victor of this year's Blue Grass Stakes drew post 6.
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If Mendelssohn can pull off a victory at Churchill Downs, it would be the first European trained horse to win the big race. Trained by four-time Derby victor Bob Baffert , Justify is undefeated, including a victory at the Santa Anita Derby.
Lone Sailor: Trainer Tom Amoss' longshot won his only try on a wet track, breaking his maiden on a sloppy track at Saratoga on September 3 of past year. All were winners of their last start except Enticed, who ran second to Vino Rossi in the Wood.
Hofburg is Mott's first Kentucky Derby runner in 9 years.
Justify was the 7-2 favorite in early wagering Friday. Considering the Florida Derby victor was victorious in the Kentucky Derby in three of the last five years, Audible must be on our radar.
Enticed: When trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent the son of Medaglia d'Oro to the track for his race debut, it was on a muddy track, his only race on a wet surface. Jockey Ryan Moore has been aboard for all four of Mendelssohn's wins and chose to come to the states to ride while foregoing riding in a Group 1 stakes at Newmarket in England this weekend. It all goes down at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
Pletcher's fourth and final Derby starter is Wood Memorial victor Vino Rossi.
Combatant: The son of Scat Daddy ran second in that Southwest Stakes won by My Boy Jack in the mud at Oaklawn on February 19.
Justify, along with undefeated Magnum Moon, didn't race as 2-year-olds.
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