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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Horsemen Make Derby Predictions

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A wide-open Kentucky Derby Saturday left many horsemen in the Hollywood Park stable area scratching their heads Thursday but the three entrants most often mentioned to win the Run for the Roses were morning-line favorite Dialed In, Archarcharch and Nehro.

A sample of  horsemen’s opinions:

Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who won the 1987 Derby with Alysheba--“I like Archarcharch. He runs where it counts. He finishes well. I like Pants On Fire too.”

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who won the Derby with Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunny‘s Halo in 1983--“I’m going for my good friend, Jinks Fires (trainer of Archarcharch). I’ve known him and his family for many years. It’s a wide-open race and he was impressive winning the Arkansas Derby.”

Trainer Barry Abrams--“Dialed In. He’s very consistent. He’s got a good post, a good trainer and he’s got the right style.”

Trainer Jim Kasparoff--“My wife, Danielle, got Dialed In at 35-1 in Las Vegas in December. We went there to get married on opening day of Santa Anita and made the future book bet at Caesar’s Palace.’’

Trainer Mark Glatt--“Maybe Archarcharch, even with the rail draw. I think he’ll handle the distance well and we’ll see what kind of trip he can get.”

Trainer Art Sherman--“I’m going for Archarcharch. I’m going for (jockey) Jon Court to come through. There should be enough speed in front of him, and he’ll be laying in there on the rail.”

Trainer Bobby Troeger--“(Trainer Bob) Baffert with Midnight Interlude. He’s a local guy. You’ve got to root for the home team.”

Trainer Carl O’Callagahan--“Dialed In. I think (trainer Nick) Zito always shows up in big time. The horse ran well in Florida.”

Trainer Vladimir Cerin--“I think Jon Court has a shot (with Archarcharch). The rail is the shortest way around.”

Trainer David Bernstein--“I like Dialed In, which doesn’t surprise anybody, but it’s no slam dunk.”

Trainer Melody Conlon--“I like Nehro. I like him because he closes and should stay out of trouble.”

Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer--“I like Zito (with Dialed In.) He’s a nice guy, and the year I was back there, he said his horse, Strike The Gold (1991), was going to win. Dialed In is not going to be bothered by a mile and a quarter or a big crowd.”

Larry Benavidez, assistant to trainer John Sadler--“Dialed In to beat Mucho Macho Man.”

Jockey Alonso Quinonez--“Baffert’s horse, Midnight Interlude. He won the Santa Anita Derby impressively. In the morning, he’s a superhorse. He’s fresh too.”

Jockey Joe Steiner--“I like Nehro. He was coming on strong in the last part in his last two races.”

Martin Panza, vice president-racing--“I’m all Dialed In.”

Jockey agent Scotty McClellan--“I like Dialed In, and I like Nehro. They should both like a mile and a quarter.”

Jockey agent Richie Silverstein--“Nehro. I think he’ll go that far.”

Jockey agent Brian Beach--“I like Stay Thirsty and Nehro. Uncle Mo has gotten all the attention in the Stay Thirsty barn, and people forget that he also has some talent.”



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