146th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve

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  1. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    The final fixture of the regular season for Fulham falls on Derby Day this year, so guess where I'll be?
    First things first. The track has ordered a brand new, 20 stall starting gate that will make it's debut at this year's Run For The Roses. It will eliminate the need for the six stall auxiliary gate that's been in service since 1942, and the main, 14 stall gate, which was first used the year before...yep, 1941. Eleven horses have won from the auxiliary gate since it's first Derby use in 1965. It was needed 38 times for the Derby, every year since 1988. But no more. The new gate is expected to arrive from the Australian builders in early April.
    https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-ra...ill-to-debut-20-stall-gate-for-kentucky-derby
    As of right now, 347 three year olds are nominated to the Triple Crown races, but, of course, there are but four or five dozen, at best, still considered probable starters. We're in the middle of the major prep races, so the 47 that the Derby offal has ranked will be whittled significantly, starting this weekend. There are 3 Saturday, the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields near Berkeley and two divisions of the Grade II Risen Star Derby at The Fairgrounds in New Orleans. The Real has not produced a Derby winner, but the winner gets into the Preakness. The Star drew 23 entries, thus the two races, both of whom the winner will get 85 Derby points and $400,000. The favorites are Enforceable for the first race, and Anneau d'Or in the second, but I'm following a horse with local connections. Major Fed is trained by a long time fixture at Churchill Downs, Greg Foley. His son and mine played ball in middle school together. Greg's dad, Dravo, was also a long time CD trainer. The Downs based trainers rarely get the chance to train a 3 year old talented enough to be considered a Derby contender, so Fed's a long shot. But I'm crossing my fingers that one of the good guys who works his tail off can get a little Derby glory for us home folks.
    But the reality is that somebody like Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Mark Casse or Steve Asmussen, whom are based in California, New York, Florida and Texas, respectively, will win.
    Here's the link to the kentuckyderby.com leaderboard, which has 47 horses listed at the moment.
    Enjoy!
    https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/leaderboard
     
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    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    Here’s my boy working out in NOLA.

     
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    My horse, Major Fed, finished 2nd in the second division of the Risen Star Stakes at The Fairgrounds in N'awlin's Sat-dee. The winner, Modernist, is now second in the Derby points standings. Mr. Monomoy, the winner of the first division, is atop the current leaderboard. Major Fed is 8th, having earned 20 points for his runner-up finish. It looks like he'll earn enough points/earnings to make it into the 20 horse field, but.....the big name Derby preps are on the horizon. Major Fed and the other horses who earned points last weekend in New Orleans will most likely meet in the Louisiana Derby on March 21st. There are three big races on March 7th: The Gotham at Aqueduct in New York, the Tampa Bay Derby in Florida and the San Felipe at Santa Anita in California. Throw in the Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida on Feb. 29th, the Florida Derby at the same oval on March 28th, the Sunland Derby in New Mexico (remember Mine That Bird?) on March 22nd, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, the Santa Anita Derby AND the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, all on April 4th, and, well, you get the idea. A lot to be decided between now and the evening of April 11th, when the last two races with Derby points available, the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn are run.
     
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