Today’s eleventh race (5/4) at Churchill Downs is the 139th running of the $2,000,000
Kentucky Derby. This race is for
three years olds of course running the classic distance of a mile and a quarter
over the dirt.
Scratches: #1 Black Onyx
#5 – Normandy Invasion
(12-1) is coming off a hard closing second place in the Gr. I Wood Memorial
back on April 6th. The Chad
Brown trainee has just missed in races going a mile and an eighth so the
increase in distance could prove vital.
With some good works in hand, a good post position, and a solid jock in
Castellano I like this colts chances.
#16 – Orb (7-2)
is one of the power houses in this race along with Verrazano. The Claude McGaughey horse has won four races
in a row with his most recent being in the Gr. I Florida Derby. This horse seems like he can turn on the jets
at will so I think he will have plenty left in the tank. Joel Rosario will ride Orb today.
#19 – Java’s War
(15-1) looks like an outside contender here but I did like the way he
closed in the Blue Grass Stakes. The War
Pass colt will have to be a little closer to the pace today but if he can close
over the Keeneland synthetic I believe he can here as well. One to consider for the exotics.
#6 – Mylute (15-1)
will have Rosie Napravnik in the saddle today.
The Midnight Lute horse was last seen just missing the first place in
the Louisiana Derby back on March 30th. The grey colt has a couple different running
styles and with the track condition in limbo you may see him closer than
#14 – Verrazano (4-1)
is one of five Todd Pletcher horses in this race and between Revolutionary
and Verrazano I think those two have the
best shots. The More Than Ready colt was
last seen winning the Wood Memorial however it did not look like he had much
left in him. The undefeated horse will
likely contest the pace early on. John
Velazquez will be in the saddle.
$10 win, place, show 5
$3 Exacta Box 5,16
$1 Trifecta 5/16, 5/16/19/6, 5/19/6/14/12