04/19/2012 3:48PM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Rousing Sermon is going, says Hollendorfer


Rousing Sermon, third in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on April 1, will start in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

Owned by breeders Larry and Marianne Williams of Idaho, Rousing Sermon has won 2 of 9 starts and $404,000. He won the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last October and was second in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last December.

Hollendorfer said a closer such as Rousing Sermon could be helped by a quick pace in the Kentucky Derby.

“It could be a race with a little more speed than usual,” he said. “These are not everyday opportunities to run in America’s best race.”

Hollendorfer said that has not finalized a jockey assignment for Rousing Sermon.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
well lets not quibble,the more non competion in the race the better,this is possibly the best crop in a decade,so if people want to belieeve that all of the top contenders are going to have bad trips,get burned by the pace,and not stay the distance,i wish them luck,the general consensus is that there is too much speed in the race,and thats where the problem lies jockeys will adjust if they too belieeve theres going to be too much pace,after all mike smith on bodemeister is a hall of fame jock and i am sure he can read,ramon domingues on hansen is no fool either and hes well known for rating speed horses,besides ill take another,creative cause and union rags are not need to lead types,and gemologist is a stalker with a stayers pedegree who likes a fight,not to mention that there are better closers than rousing sermon,like dulahan,went the day well,prospective,sabrecat,well you get the picture.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
the question is why?,besides giving russel baze a mount this horse has no shot.,
steve More than 1 year ago
Rousing Sermon will be taking a left atthe end of that 1 1/4 mile run,straight to the Elmers Glue Factory
Cris Williams More than 1 year ago
Where I believe you've been living while sniffing alittle, eh?
Emily Necaise More than 1 year ago
hahhahahaha! sorry i just had to express that.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
I'm far more intrigued with another Hollendorfer colt.....Nonios. This son of Pleasantly Perfect has quite a closing kick, and looks to be a Belmont sleeper. Obviously still has much to prove, but with the Derby Trial, then possibly the Peter Pan on the horizon.......who knows? He's bred to run all day, and fresher horses tend to fare well in the 3rd leg of the TC. Stranger things have happened.....
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
I like Rousing Sermon a lot for the Kentucky Derby. What I like most is that he was beaten in his last race (the La. Derby) by a 100-1 shot, that he finished well behind Creative Cause and Bodemeister in the San Felipe, that he was well beaten by I'll Have Another in the Rbt Lewis, and that his best graded-stakes effort was a close second to Liaison (who hasn't progressed this year) on a synthetic track as a 2-year-old. Yep, he has quite a shot.
CMathieu66 More than 1 year ago
I like that we both like that we don't like his obstacles to overcome so we agree to like that his chances to win are hard to like.
Hal Lenox More than 1 year ago
Hey remember Giacomo? He's following the same MO. That year speed fell apart in the Derby when super fast horses like Bellamy Road got up front and collapsed. People were stunned when a deep closing 33-1 shot beat them all.
Tina Hines More than 1 year ago
I remember Giacomo well, made out like a bandit on that bet. Hope to do the same this year with Rousing Sermon. Deep closers at CD with a 20-horse field. Also love Take Charge Indy. Trainer, breeding and that Fl. Derby, and Calvin Borel!
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
I don't believe that Rousing Sermon can be compared favorably to Giacomo. Giacomo's record had been pretty good in his four previous stakes efforts. He was never further than 5 1/2 lengths behind at any call. He was within 3 lengths of the leader at the stretch call of all four races. Keep in mind that most horses that came from out of the clouds to win recent Kentucky Derby were not deep closers in their preps (e.g., Mine That Bird, Street Sense--though he did have a big rally in the Breeders Cup Juvenile, and the aforementioned Giacomo).
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Not to mention some horses just run huge at Churchill others hate the track.