I'd be amazed if his connections choose the Big Cap over the World Cup. There isn't much math there.
Congratulations to Miss Kurtz!
Theoretically, all a horse needs to do is finish first or second in one of the final major preps (Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, etc.) to get into the Derby starting gate. Besides, Pharoah didn't start his three-year-old season until March 14th, so it's definitely not entirely out of the question.
This is a little surprising, but the extra experience can't hurt.
Actually, horses with previous wins/experience at Churchill Downs don't have the best record on Derby Day. It's not a point against him, but it doesn't necessarily make me like him any better. Which isn't to say I DIS-like him. I don't.
This is unfortunate news, and I'm sorry to hear it.
Everyone who ran in the Juvenile technically has the experience, although is was Classic Empire who actually won.
Like any of the other horses, he'll need the trip and a bit of luck to win on the First Saturday in May. He also didn't compete in the Breeders' Cup, so he may not be able to handle the large and boisterous crowd that will be on hand for the Derby.
God, he's pretty.
I think he might be doing it for the attention.
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