After a LONG, COLD winter we are finally ready to let the thoroughbreds roll!
First post on Saturday is 1 p.m., with 10 live races on tap. Since it is the first Saturday in May, it is also Kentucky Derby day. The feature race of the day locally is the 9th, which will happen just after the Derby. The open allowance features a number of stakes winners from the past few years. From the inside out, here’s the fields credentials:
#1 Mister Jangles – won the Red Diamond Express on Fall Classic Day.
#2 Blue Dancer – 9x stakes winner, over $300k made.
#3 Alfie – four wins in 2017, only missed the board twice in his 17 race career.
#4 Double Bear – 2nd, beat a half in the 2017 Canadian Derby.
#5 Private Money Game – multiple times stakes placed, eight career wins.
#6 Real Quality – won the Alberta Derby by 18 lengths.
#7 Killin Me Smalls – 12x stakes winner, 20 career wins, more than $500k made.
This race is loaded top to bottom, and is a fantastic way to kick off the meet. Diving into the race a little bit, BLUE DANCER is unbeaten in four tries at the distance, but KILLIN ME SMALLS has had his number of late. MISTER JANGLES could land in a good spot behind them. ALFIE won three of his last four races closing out 2017, with the one beat coming by a nose. He was able to tackle any distance thrown his way. DOUBLE BEAR and PRIVATE MONEY GAME have trained sharply all spring. REAL QUALITY won three races last year, all by more than 11 lengths – he still could be any type.
Looking at the Kentucky Derby, this is one of the most stacked fields in quite some time. While JUSTIFY will be the favorite, there has to be at least eight horses who have a legitimate shot to win. Both JUSTIFY and MAGNUM MOON are trying to become the first horses since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two year old. AUDIBLE and HOFBURG ran one two in the Florida Derby and will be racing well off the pace, but should be heard from late. GOOD MAGIC won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last season, and won the Blue Grass going away in his latest start. BOLT D’ORO chased JUSTIFY around in the Santa Anita Derby, but should get some more pace help today. MENDELSSOHN was the romping winner of the UAE Derby, crossing the wire more than 18 lengths clear of the field. He will have to overcome the ship from Dubai in just five weeks, but if anyone can do it Aiden O’Brien can. VINO ROSSO has won three of five starts, and is one of four sent out by trainer Todd Pletcher.
There is rain in the forecast for Saturday in Louisville, so it may be time to check who’s ‘mudder was a mudder’.
The doors open at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, with the first race from Churchill going at 8:30 a.m.
We will also be giving away a trip for 2 to Mexico on track Saturday, so come on out and welcome racing back!