The 2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders
The 2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders
As the build-up to the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1) reaches fever pitch, it’s time to cram on the contenders for America’s iconic race. Now, let’s help find your Derby horse!
Derby points in parenthesis.
GIRVIN (150 points)
Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star (G2) winner tops the leaderboard.
Owner: Brad Grady, Trainer: Joe Sharp, Jockey: Mike Smith
Pedigree: by Tale of Ekati—Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon
CLASSIC EMPIRE (132 points)
Last year’s juvenile champion may be favored after rebounding in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
Owner: John Oxley, Trainer: Mark Casse, Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Pedigree: by Pioneerof the Mile—Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief
GORMLEY (125 points)
Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner previously captured the FrontRunner (G1) and Sham (G3).
Owner: Jerry and Ann Moss, Trainer: John Shirreffs, Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Pedigree: by Malibu Moon—Race to Urga, by Bernstein
IRAP (113 points)
Stakes veteran finally broke his maiden in the Blue Grass (G2).
Owner: Reddam Racing, Trainer: Doug O’Neill, Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Pedigree: by Tiznow—Silken Cat, by Storm Cat
IRISH WAR CRY (110 points)
Holy Bull (G2) winner bounced back to dominate the Wood Memorial (G2).
Owner: Isabelle de Tomaso, Trainer: Graham Motion, Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Pedigree: by Curlin—Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers
THUNDER SNOW (100 points)
UAE Derby (G2) hero seeks to give global power Godolphin a first Kentucky Derby.
Owner: Godolphin, Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Pedigree: by Helmet—Eastern Joy, by Dubai Destination
ALWAYS DREAMING (100 points)
Resounding Florida Derby (G1) winner will likely vie for favoritism with Classic Empire.
Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables & Viola et al, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: John Velazquez
Pedigree: by Bodemeister—Above Perfection, by In Excess
GUNNEVERA (84 points)
Fountain of Youth (G2) and Delta Jackpot (G3) winner exits a third in the Florida Derby.
Owner: Peacock Stables, Trainer: Antonio Sano, Jockey: Javier Castellano
Pedigree: by Dialed In—Unbridled Rage, by Unbridled
PRACTICAL JOKE (74 points)
Dual Grade 1-winning juvenile was second in both the Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass.
Owner: Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence, Trainer: Chad Brown, Jockey: Joel Rosario
Pedigree: by Into Mischief—Halo Humor, by Distorted Humor
J BOYS ECHO (63 points)
Gotham (G3) victor came back to finish fourth in the Blue Grass.
Owner: Albaugh Family Stable, Trainer: Dale Romans, Jockey: Luis Saez
Pedigree: by Mineshaft—Letgomyecho, by Menifee
STATE OF HONOR (62 points)
Florida Derby runner-up had previously placed in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Sam F. Davis
Owner: Conrad Farms, Trainer: Mark Casse, Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Pedigree: by To Honor and Serve—State Cup, by Elusive Quality
TAPWRIT (54 points)
Tampa Bay Derby hero aims to improve off a fifth in the Blue Grass.
Owner: Bridlewood/Eclipse TB/La Penta, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Pedigree: by Tapit—Appealing Zophie, by Successful Appeal
HENCE (50 points)
Sunland Derby (G3) winner has been flattered by how his beaten rivals have performed since.
Owner: Calumet Farm, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Florent Geroux
Pedigree: by Street Boss—Floating Island, by A.P. Indy
FAST AND ACCURATE (50 points)
The winner of the Spiral (G3) over Turfway’s Polytrack must prove himself on dirt.
Owner: Kendall Hansen & Skychai et al, Trainer: Mike Maker, Jockey: Channing Hill
Pedigree: by Hansen—It’s Heidi’s Dance, by Green Dancer
MCCRAKEN (40 points)
Unbeaten through Sam F. Davis but minor setback shuffled plans and led to third in Blue Grass.
Owner: Whitham Thoroughbreds, Trainer: Ian Wilkes, Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Pedigree: by Ghostzapper—Ivory Empress, by Seeking the Gold
BATTLE OF MIDWAY (40 points)
Late developer earned his way in with hard-fought second in Santa Anita Derby.
Owner: Don Alberto Stable & WinStar Farm, Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer, Jockey: Flavien Prat
Pedigree: by Smart Strike—Rigoletta, by Concerto
PATCH (40 points)
Missed juvenile season after losing an eye but making up for lost time with second in La Derby.
Owner: Calumet Farm, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Pedigree: by Union Rags—Windyindy, by A.P. Indy
UNTRAPPED (34 points)
Rebel, Risen Star, and Lecomte placegetter must do better than his sixth in the Ark. Derby.
Owner: Michael Langford, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Pedigree: by Trappe Shot—Exit Three, by Giant’s Causeway
LOOKIN AT LEE (32 points)
Deep closer has racked up several minor awards, most recently a tough-trip third in the Arkansas Derby.
Owner: L & N Racing, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Pedigree: by Lookin at Lucky—Langara Lass, by Langfuhr
SONNETEER (30 points)
Still a maiden but a rallying second in the Rebel and fourth in the Arkansas Derby.
Owner: Calumet Farm, Trainer: Keith Desormeaux, Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Pedigree: by Midnight Lute—Ours, by Half Ours
ON THE BUBBLE
Here are the next three on the points list awaiting defections.
ROYAL MO (30 points)
Robert B. Lewis (G3) winner comes off a valiant third in the Santa Anita Derby.
Owner: Jerry and Ann Moss, Trainer: John Shirreffs, Jockey: Gary Stevens
Pedigree: Uncle Mo—Royal Irish Lass, by Saint Ballado
LOCAL HERO (30 points)
Speedy colt was third in both the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby.
Owner: E Five Racing Thoroughbreds, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: TBA
Pedigree: Hard Spun—Liam’s Dream, by Saint Liam
MASTER PLAN (20 points)
OBS Championship scorer shipped to Dubai and finished third in the UAE Derby
Owner: Al Shaqab/WinStar/China Horse Club, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: TBA
Pedigree: Twirling Candy–Sage Mist, by Henny Hughes
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