Comment: Never raced as a 2-year-old and that lack of experience/foundation will hurt in this spot. I've hit it eight straight years (but who's counting?).
Romans is confident his horse can do what it didn't in the Toyota Blue Grass. Definitely seems like the one to beat. "I tried to emphasize the Florida Derby with him and the five weeks out". He's racked up a record of more than $336 million in purse earnings and won seven Eclipse Awards as the nation's leading trainer, another record. Then he saw jockey Mike Smith dismount from Mastery not far after crossing the finish line, and his trademark white mane grew a shade more ghostly. I think you have to have an ownership group that's comfortable doing that.
Comment: He has been consistent. Those wins came in the Holy Bull Stakes in Florida and the Wood Memorial in NY.
Patch has one win in three starts. But this post will be tough to overcome. As a son of Malibu Moon, the distance - and likely an off track - should not be a problem for Gormley.
The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby feels like a puzzle that can't be finished.
Classic Empire will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Practical Joke could surprise. Bets have been placed and Always Dreaming has an odds of 4-1, followed by McCracken with 5-1.
The betting favorite has won each of the four.
With Irish War Cry being a New Jersey-bred, it's easy to imagine he has backing from locals.
Recent history is on Classic Empire's side, too. All seven Irish people in Kentucky celebrate with Guinness, Shepherd's Pie and 2 Leprechauns. However, gambling experts suggests as many as 7 different horses have a fair chance at winning and it is going to be a tough race! Battle of Midway - Flavien Prat (28/1) 12.
So be smart and make a good wager on the Oaks-Derby double.
Those are the businesses that make money for Churchill Downs. Gunnevera is a hard charging closer.
■ Classic Empire, the favorite, missed training time this winter because of an injury, but he also doesn't always have the correct focus. Johnny V will have this horse sitting in the right position and he will explode in the stretch. I'll say Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry. David Aragona also analyzes the field with Timeform US statistics and the Pace Projector. Gunnevera, 2. Classic Empire, 3. He also won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, placed second in the Grade 2 Holy Bull, and won the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot. (The Wood Memorial) was huge relief.