Matt’s Blog — Weekend Preview April 22

Posted April 21, 2017 | Racing News

With the Road to the Roses now wrapped up – here is what we know for the expected contenders on the First Saturday in May:

Rank

Horse

Rank

Horse

1.  Girvin – Mike Smith  11.  State of Honor – Lezcano
2.  Classic Empire – Leparoux  12.  Tapwrit – Jose Ortiz
3.  Gormley – Espinoza  13.  Hence
4.  Irap – Gutierrez  14.  Fast and Accurate – Gaffalione
5.  Irish War Cry – Maragh  15.  McCraken – Hernandez Jr.
6.  Thunder Snow (IRE) – Soumillon  16.  Battle of Midway – Nakatani
7.  Always Dreaming – Velazquez  17.  Patch
8.  Gunnevera – Castellano  18.  Battalion Runner
9.  Practical Joke – Rosario  19.  Untrapped
10.  J Boys Echo – Albarado  20.  Lookin At Lee

The horses listed above are in order of their Kentucky Derby Points earned during the Road to the Roses. There were a couple other horses that had more points (Malagacy, Cloud Computing) but the connections have opted not to run. GIRVIN comes in with 150 points following his two strong wins in Louisiana. CLASSIC EMPIRE got back to his winning ways, but will have to come back in three weeks if he wants to win the Kentucky Derby. GORMLEY, IRAP, IRISH WAR CRY and ALWAYS DREAMING were the other winners of the last major preps. Jockeys are included for the mounts that are known. As always, these are the last crucial couple of weeks leading up to the race, which can still see major defections. Follow along with us at Northlands Park as we continue to break down the fastest two minutes in sports.

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