May 6th, 2017 − Churchill Downs

2017 Kentucky Derby Field

Kentucky Derby Points Standings | Road to the DerbyTriple Crown Nominations 

Post Horse/Sire Track
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Lookin At Lee  20-1 20-1 91 JP: Ran on well while weaving through traffic in Ark. Derby. Race shape may not be to liking, but wants 1 1/4 miles.
  by Lookin At Lucky       MW: Liked how he was a bit closer early in the Ark. Derby, his best yet. Still, he's very weak Beyer Figure-wise.
  Owner: L and N Racing; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Thunder Snow 20-1 20-1 94 JP: Unbeaten on dirt and under Soumillon, but can't display the greenness he showed in UAE Derby against these.
  by Helmet       MW: No one out of the UAE Derby has ever been competitive in the Kentucky Derby. First one to win beats me.
  Owner: Godolphin Racing; Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Fast and Accurate  50-1 50-1 82 JP: Prevailed in weakest of this year's preps, lone dirt race quite poor. Hard to imagine him being close at end.
  by Hansen       MW: Chief owner says he will go to the front. Seriously overmatched, but connections put up $200K to run.
  Owner: Kendall Hansen, Skychai Racing, et al; Trainer: Mike Maker; Jockey: Channing Hill
Untrapped   30-1 50-1 91 JP: Lost much ground in Ark. Derby, but probably doesn't want to run that far. Couldn't handle weaker previously.
  by Trappe Shot       MW: Didn't want 1 1/8 miles last time, don't think he wanted 1 1/16 before that. How's he getting 1 1/4 miles?
  Owner: Michael Langford; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Always Dreaming  5-1 6-1 97 JP: Was impressive winner of the Florida Derby, final work was terrific, likely race shape should help his style.
  by Bodemeister       MW: He's 3 for 3 going two turns, but was with easy paces in all of those wins. It's rare when Derby pace is easy.
  Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, et al; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: John Velazquez
State of Honor 30-1 20-1 91 JP: Figures to be part of early pace, but has given no indication to date that extra distance will be within his scope.
  by To Honor and Serve       MW: He's likeable because he tries hard, but he lost ground in the final furlong of all six career route starts.
  Owner: Conrad Farms; Trainer: Mark Casse; Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Girvin  15-1 20-1 93 JP: Had to jump through hoops - and into the pool - to make race. Don't think he's so superior he can pull it off.
  by Tale of Ekati       MW: Foot issues aside, if anything he took a step back winning the La. Derby, which is not what you would want.
  Owner: Brad Grady; Trainer: Joe Sharp; Jockey: Mike Smith
Hence 15-1 20-1 97 JP: Picked right time to get good. His Sunland Derby has been productive, most notably Irap winning Blue Grass.
  by Street Boss       MW: In fact, the 2nd thru 5th finishers all earned higher Beyers in their next starts. Got a dream setup, though.
  Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Florent Geroux
Irap  20-1 20-1 93 JP: Big, strong colt may just be putting it together when it matters. Has speed, a plus if moderate pace develops.
  by Tiznow       MW: Capitalized on paceless situation and distance-limited runner-up in Blue Grass. He won't be as lucky here.
  Owner: Reddam Racing; Trainer: Doug O'Neill; Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Gunnevera  15-1 12-1 97 JP: Best when he sits back and makes one run. If moderate pace I anticipate materializes, it plays against him.
  by Dialed In       MW: His drop-back approach was taken to a ridiculous extreme in Fla. Derby. Can get involved in the late stages.
  Owner: Peacock Racing Stables; Trainer: Antonio Sano; Jockey: Javier Castellano
Battle of Midway 30-1 20-1 88 JP: Did the dirty work in SA Derby, battled it out bravely. Fig was low, but his effort was courageous. Improving.
  by Smart Strike       MW: Weird thing is, he settled nicely winning two starts back, he didn’t have to duel on the lead from the get go.
  Owner: WinStar Farm & Don Alberto Stable; Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer; Jockey: Flavien Prat
Sonneteer 50-1 50-1 90 JP: Steadily closed after being well back early in Ark. Derby. Maiden has style to perhaps get up for minor part.
  by Midnight Lute       MW: His late charge in Ark. Derby is evidence how that race fell apart late and brings into question its strength.
  Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Keith Desormeaux; Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
J Boys Echo  20-1 20-1 102 JP: Got roughed up a bit early in Blue Grass, but never really fired. Final drill was solid for indifferent work horse.
  by Mineshaft       MW: My one Blue Grass pass goes to him. He was pace-compromised, and I liked his Gotham score two back.
  Owner: Albaugh Family Stable; Trainer: Dale Romans; Jockey: Luis Saez
Classic Empire  4-1 5-1 102 JP: Had no business winning Ark. Derby considering interrupted preparation. Lots of talent. Should move forward.
  by Pioneerof the Nile       MW: The Ark. Derby was his first real race in five months. I just wonder if he has enough foundation to win this.
  Owner: John Oxley; Trainer: Mark Casse; Jockey: Julien Leparoux
McCraken 5-1 8-1 95 JP: I've seen this movie before. Believe this outfit will have its latest top runner primed for the race of his life.
  by Ghostzapper       MW: How you feel about him depends on how you feel about Tapwrit. Otherwise, he's really beaten little.
  Owner: Whitham Thoroughbreds; Trainer: Ian Wilkes; Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Tapwrit 20-1 15-1 96 JP: Threw in an absolute clunker in Blue Grass, but like way he looked in final workout. He has chance to rebound.
  by Tapit       MW: Beat a field that didn't want distance in Tampa Bay Derby and didn't move a muscle in Blue Grass. Pass.
  Owner: Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred & Robert LaPenta; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Irish War Cry 6-1 8-1 101 JP: Fountain of Youth looks like an outlier for him, as Wood was more like his Holy Bull. Style to stalk and pounce.
  by Curlin       MW: Liked his Wood a lot, first settling, then pressing a strong pace. Only one here with two triple-digit Beyers.
  Owner: Isabelle de Tomaso; Trainer: Graham Motion; Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Gormley  15-1 20-1 94 JP: Got a sweet, stalking trip in SA Derby, proved best. Fig was soft, but trust Shirreffs to craft improved effort.
  by Malibu Moon       MW: Did win from off the pace in SA Derby, but really, given trips, runner up Battle of Midway ran much better.
  Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Moss; Trainer: John Shirreffs; Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Practical Joke  20-1 15-1 92 JP: Both races this year solid, but best races were as one-run, one-turn horse. Don't think he wants 1 1/4 miles.
  by Into Mischief       MW: Had every chance to get by a maiden in Blue Grass and couldn't, which underscored his distance limitations.
  Owner: Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; Trainer: Chad Brown; Jockey: Joel Rosario
Patch 30-1 30-1 89 JP: Decent second in La. Derby, thought he was outworked by Tapwrit in final drill. Big task for lightly raced colt.
  by Union Rags       MW: Agreed. This might be too much too soon for a talented colt who might become something nice later on.
  Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
AE Royal Mo  SCR SCR 94 JP: Was part of strong pace in SA Derby, was outfinished by Battle of Midway. Long-striding colt must be in clear.
  by Uncle Mo       MW: Would be a major early pace presence if he is able to get in from the also-eligible list, but not a win threat.
  Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Moss; Trainer: John Shirreffs; Jockey: Gary Stevens
AE Master Plan  SCR SCR 92 JP: Overly ambitious spot for a colt who might have chance down the line if given the opportunity to develop.
  by Twirling Candy       MW: Either he improved a ton in UAE, which is possible, or it wasn't a strong race. His prior U.S. form only okay.
  Owner: Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm, et al; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: John Velazquez