Carpe Diem in the 141st Kentucky Derby!

5/2/2015 10:34 AM
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Today’s eleventh race (5/2) at Churchill Downs is the 141st running of the Gr.I $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby. This race will consist of three year olds running the classic distance of a mile and a quarter over the main course.

#2 – Carpe Diem (8-1): Trained by Todd Pletcher ridden by Johnny Velazquez

(Sire: Giant’s Causeway– Dam: Rebridled Dreams)

The Coffee pot Stable homebred has been nothing short of exceptional since hitting the track.  In five career starts the chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway has four wins and one second. The post position scares me as I think he might  have to settle in behind a  wall of horses but if one can do it, Carpe Diem is my pick!

#6 – Mubtaahij (20-1): Trained by Michael de Kock ridden by Christophe Soumillon

(Sire: Dubawi – Dam: Pennegale)

Ships in from Dubai and has a monster cast to compete against.  I have watched the UAE Derby countless times and his burst down the stretch was pretty breath taking.  No horse has ever won coming over from Dubai and I am not sure if it will happen today either.

#8 – Dortmund (3-1): Trained by Bob Baffert ridden by Martin Garcia

(Sire: Big Brown – Dam: Our Josephina)

What is there to say about the Big Red Machine which hasn’t been said before? He’s looked horses in the eye and has turned them away every time.  He should be forwardly placed and there looks to be a hot pace today so I have to go against the speed.

#18 – American Pharoah (5-2): Trained by Bob Baffert ridden by Victor Espinoza

(Sire: Pioneerof the Nile – Dam: Littleprincessemma)

The horse that everyone is talking about and needs no introduction. Everyone has heard nothing but exceptional things about the son of Pioneerof the Nile.  Skipped away from his foes in his last two starts so we’ll see how he does against this steep field.

#10 – Firing Lane (12-1): Trained by Simon Callaghan ridden by Gary Stevens

(Sire: Line of David – Dam: Sister Girl Blues)

Notched his first Graded Stakes last time out in the Sunland Derby in which he won by 14 lengths.  Has run into the big Dortmund a couple times in his career but has been right there with him.  If you like Dormtund I am not sure how you can discount him. Another horse which should be forwardly placed.

#15 – Frosted (15-1): Trained by Kiaren McLaughlin ridden by Joel Rosario

(Sire: Tapit – Dam: Fast Cookie)

Wondering if he ran the race of his life last time out or was the Gulfstream track really that bad? Seemed to run on well after his Grade I score in the Wood Memorial and I do like the trainer, jockey connections. 

#19 – Upstart (15-1): Trained by Richard Violette ridden by Jose Ortiz

(Sire: Flatter – Dam: Party Silks)

I believe if you like Frosted you have to like this guy as well. Has never ran a bad race and just seems like another grinder type.  Draws a tough post for Richard Violette but faced trouble in the BC Juvenile and still hit the board.

#12 – International Star (20-1): Trained by Michael Maker ridden by Miguel Mena

(Sire: Fusaichi Pegasus – Dam: Parlez)

Was one of my top three until the scratch.


$5 WPS #2

$1 Exacta Box 2/6/18

$.50 Trifecta 2/6/18 – 2/6/8/10/15/18 – 2/6/8/10/15/18


Total = $51
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