Inexperience, rain in the forecast for Kentucky Derby

May 05, 2018, 18:22
Inexperience, rain in the forecast for Kentucky Derby

Dubbed "the most exciting two minutes in sports" it is that time of the year again as the Kentucky Derby rolls around at Churchill Downs, Louisville.

Justify's most important victory was in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. "It always helps in these situations to have a little bit of seasoning, experience and (proven ability to) overcome some adversity".

Plenty of factors come into play when making selections for the Kentucky Derby. Horse training has evolved in the 136 years since. "That curse thing is silly", Battaglia said, dismissively.

The first race of the day is set to happen at 10:30 a.m. ET and races continue throughout the day, happening every half hour or so until the horses running the Derby leave the barn and head for the Paddock at Churchill Downs. "Trainers take their time". Justify will have to break the "Curse of Apollo", which dictates that horses who didn't race as a two-year-old can't win at the Derby - no such horse has accomplished the feat since Apollo did it in 1882.

Good Luck and may they all come home safely.

Secretariat, also known as "Big Red", went on to clinch the Triple Crown in 1973, ending a 25-year wait. And this Derby appears exceptionally deep.

"This may be as good a chance as I've ever had", Mott said.

Victor of the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Mendelssohn romped home by 18 lengths in the United Arab Emirates Derby in Dubai. So the question is will the $3-million yearling purchase show his class here? He has won jockey of the year honors three times. Justify, how good is he?

Sired by the late Florida Derby victor Scat Daddy and out of the 2016 Kentucky broodmare of the year, Leslie's Lady, Mendelssohn was born at Clarkland Farm in Kentucky in 2015. Audible is the third favorite at 7-1, followed by Magnum Moon at 9-1.

"I think he's at least a notch, maybe a notch and a half more talented than (2015) Triple Crown victor American Pharoah", Thomas proclaimed to WFAN's Mike Francesa on Friday. Crupi, owner of Crupi's New Castle Farm. "They are a lot more lightly raced (now)".

Hofburg is a horse that Thomas said he likes, describing him as "one of the real talents here".

"You can never take anything for granted, you just got to go day by day and get there and hope everything goes your way". I don't know if they bumped.

"I think it says "I'm here for business, but I like to party", Chad Zaneis, who traveled from Arizona, said, commenting on his suit, which featured flamingo. He ran fast, didn't win.

During the 1970s, Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) won the Triple Crown.

Although he hasn't competed as much as the other horses in the field, Justify has the look of a champion, according to trainer Bob Baffert, per Dan Wolken of USA Today. The three-year-old colt only ran his first race in February, in Santa Anita, CA.

Mendelssohn comes to Kentucky with three consecutive wins, including the 2017 Breeders Cup juvenile turf and 2018 UAE Derby.

"He's just athletic, looks happy".

NBC will broadcast the entire event. "So why don't we team up together and get the horse for ($450,000) instead of somebody going to ($810,000).' I think for me, the common denominator.is I'll go partners with you but it's got to be with Todd Pletcher". The new emphasis is on how you race in March and April before the Derby. Rain is forecast throughout the morning, tapering off in the afternoon. When placing a bet with a live teller at a racetrack or at an off-track betting facility, you need to use the track name, race number, type and amount of the bet, and the program number (s) for the horse (s) you are playing.

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