Countdown to the Kentucky Derby

April 28th, 2013

Post position draw is Wednesday for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The best odds for winning trainer? Todd Pletcher with five contenders, including probable favorite Verrazano. Odds for entries will be determined on Wednesday, following the draw, but here is a rundown on North American leaders, based on qualifying points:

ORB by Malibu Moon
150 pts/Winner of GI Florida Derby and GII Fountain of Youth
Career: 7s 4-0-1 – $921,050
Trainer: Shug McGaughy
Rider: Joel Rosario (4th in 2010 in 1st Derby ride)
Owner: Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable
NOTE: John Velazquez rode Orb in colt’s 2 graded stakes wins

VERRAZANO by More Than Ready
150 pts/Winner of GI Wood Memorial and GII Tampa Bay Derby
Career: 4s 4-0-0 (all at 3) – $861,300
Trainer: Todd Pletcher – won 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver
Rider: John Velazquez – won 2011 Kentucky Derby on Animal Kingdon
Owner: Let’s Go Stable, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
NOTE: Verrazano has been ridden by Velazquez in all 4 starts

GOLDENCENTS by Into Mischief (1st crop sire)
129 pts/Winner of GI Santa Anita Derby and GIII Sham Stakes
Career: 6s 4-1-0 – $1,250,000
Trainer: Doug O’Neil – won Kentucky Derby in 2012 with I’ll Have Another
Rider: Kevin Krigger -Goldencents’ regular rider in all 6 starts
Owner: W.C. Racing, Dave Kenney, and RAP Racing
NOTE: 9 Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby, including I’ll Have Another

JAVA’S WAR by War Pass (deceased, 1st crop)
122 pts/Winner of the GI Blue Grass Stakes
Career: 7s 5-1-1 – $561,772
Trainer: Kenny McPeek – 2nd in 1995 Kentucky Derby with Tejano Run
Rider: Julien Leparoux
Owner: Charles Fipke
NOTE: Runnerup to Verrazano in the GII Tampa Bay Derby

OVERANALYZE by Dixie Union
110 pts/Winner GI Arkansas Derby and GII Remsen Stakes
Career: 7 s 4-0-1 – $956,381
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Rafael Bejarano
Owner: Repole Stable
NOTE: Ridden by Bejarano in Arkansas Derby win

REVOLUTIONARY by War Pass (deceased, 1st crop)
110 pts/Winner of GII Louisiana Derby and GIII Wither Stakes
Career: 6s 3-1-2 – $748,300
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Calvin Borel – 3 Kentucky Derby wins in last 6 years
Owner: WinStar Farm
NOTE:
Comes into Derby off of 3 consecutive wins

VYJACK by Into Mischief (1st crop sire)
70 pts/Winner of GIII Gotham Stakes; 3rd Wood Memorial
Career: 4s 4-0-0 – $397,200
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez, former assist. to Rick Dutrow Jr.
Rider: Garrett Gomez
Owner: Pick Six Racing

WILL TAKE CHARGE by Unbridled’s Song
60 pts/Winner of GII Rebel Stakes
Career: 7s 3-1-0 – $545,371
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas – 4 Kentucky Derby winners
Rider: John Court
Owner: Willis Horton

ITSMYLUCKYDAY by Lawyer Ron (deceased, 2nd crop)
50 pts/Winner GIII Holy Bull
Career: 10s 5-2-0 – $625,600
Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr
Rider: Elvis Trujillo
Owner: Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa
NOTE: Runnerup to Orb in GI Florida Derby

PALACE MALICE by Curlin (1st crop)
50 pts/Runnerup by a neck to Java’s War in GI Blue Grass Stakes
Career: 6s 1-3-1 $262,000
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Mike Smith – won 2005 Kentucky Derby on Count Giacomo
Owner: Dogwood Stable
NOTE: Blinkers on in 4-27 work

BLACK ONYX by Rock Hard Ten
50 pts/Winner GIII Spiral Stakes
Career: 5s 3-1-0 – $407,810
Trainer: Kelly Breen
Rider: Joe Bravo
Owner: Sterling Racing
NOTE: Made bid 5 wide in Spiral to win by 1 1/2

GOVERNOR CHARLIE by Midnight Lute (1st crop) – OUT
50 pts/Winner GIII Sunland Derby
Career: 3s 2-1-0
Trainer: Bob Baffert – 3 Kentucky Derby winner
Owner: Mike Pegram

NORMANDY INVASION by Tapit
44 pts/Runnerup by a neck in GI Wood and by a nose in GII Remsen
Career: 5s 1-2-0 – $300,240
Trainer: Chad Brown
Rider: Javier Casettano
Owner: Fox Hill Farms
NOTE: Closer

FRAC DADDY by Scat Daddy (2nd crop)
44 pts/Runnerup to Overanalyze in GI Arkansas Derby
Career: 6 s 1-3-0 – $270,596
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Rider: Victor Lebron
Owner: Magic City Partners
NOTE: Game duel as runnerup by a nose in GII Kentucky Jockey Club

MYLUTE by Midnight Lute (1st crop)
42 pts/Runnerup by a neck to Revolutionary in G II Louisiana Derby
Career: 9s 2-3-2 – $417,695
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Rider: Rosie Napravnik
Owner: GoldMark Farm
NOTE: Napravnik will be just the fifth woman to ever ride in the Kentucky Derby

OXBOW by Awesome Again
36 pts/Runnerup to Will Take Charge in GII Rebel Stake
Career: 9s 2-1-1 – $383,500
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Rider: Gary Stevens – 3 Kentucky Derby wins
Owner: Calumet Farm
NOTE: Caught in traffic to place 5th in GI Arkansas Derby

FALLING SKY by Lion Heart
30 pts/Winner GIII Sam Davis Stakes
Career: 6s 3-0-1 – $249,800
Trainer: John Terranova
Rider: TBD
Owner: Newtown Stud, Covello and Bulger

CHARMING KITTEN by Kitten’s Joy
20 pts/3rd GI Blue Grass Stakes
Career: 7s 2-2-2 – $257,000
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: TBD
Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey

WINNING CAUSE by Giant’s Causeway – OUT
20 pts/Winner GIII Lexington Stakes
Career: 7s 3-1-0 – $206,104
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: A1 Racing

CODE WEST by Lemon Drop Kind – OUT
20 pts/Runnerup by a nose in GII Risen Star
Career: 7s 1-3-2 $156,000
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Gary and Mary West

TIZ A MINISTER by Ministers Wild Cat – OUT
20 pts/3rd GII San Felipe; 4th GI Santa Anita Derby
Career: 11s 2-4-2 – $327,780
Trainer: Paul Aquirre
Owner: S.A.Y. Racing
NOTE: California-Bred stakes winner

GOLDEN SOUL by Perfect Soul
14 pts/4th GII Louisiana Derby; 2nd GIII Lecomte
Career: 5s 1-2-0 – $117,400
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Rider: TBD
Owner: Charles Fipke

FEAR THE KITTEN by Kitten’s Joy
6 pts/2nd GIII South West Stakes
Career 6s 2-1-1 – $70,215
Trainer: Mike Maker
Rider: TBD
Owner: Frank Irvin