04/30/2014 2:38PM

Wise Dan draws rail for Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Derby undercard

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The two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan drew the rail Wednesday for Saturday's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, drew the rail slot among a field of 10 older turf horses entered in the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the traditional lead-in to the Kentucky Derby on a 13-race Saturday card at Churchill Downs.

Wise Dan will have John Velazquez aboard as the heavy favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Woodford, which he won last year at 1-5 odds. The 7-year-old gelding has won 11 of his last 12 starts and is coming off a victory in the April 11 Maker’s 46 Mile in his first start of the year.

From post 2 out, the rest of the Woodford field is Bright Thought, Guys Reward, Admiral Kitten, Kaigun, Moro Tap, Boisterous, Finnegans Wake, Skyring, and Seek Again.

The first post Saturday is 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Post time for the Woodford, the 10th race, is 4:44 p.m., with the Derby following at 6:24.

[ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY: Prep races, point standings, replays]

Earlier Saturday races

** Grade 2, $400,000 Churchill Downs (race 9, post 3:46 p.m.): Sahara Sky, winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Mile, looks like a solid favorite among 11 older horses in this seven-furlong fixture. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Sahara Sky will have Joel Rosario aboard when coming off a runner-up finish in the April 5 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct.

Other contenders include Capo Bastone, Laugh Track, Falling Sky, Central Banker, and the 2013 Churchill Downs winner Delaunay.

** Grade 2, $250,000 American Turf (race 8, post 2:59 p.m.): Big Bazinga took a pass on a chance to be a Derby also-eligible as one of 11 3-year-olds in this 1 1/16-mile turf race. Quotient, Global View, Craftsman, Storming Inti, and Picozza are among the balance of a well-matched field.

** Grade 1, $300,000 Humana Distaff (race7, post 2:08 p.m.): Judy the Beauty wheels back in this seven-furlong race off the first Grade 1 victory of her career in the Madison last month at Keeneland. She will face seven other fillies and mares, including Midnight Lucky, the Bob Baffert standout making her first start since last May.

** Grade 2, $300,000 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (race 6, post 1:19 p.m.): Centre Court was assigned the outside post in a field of nine fillies and mares as the most accomplished starter, with Tapicat, Miz Ida, and I’m Already Sexy among the others.

Mark Olsen More than 1 year ago
pick 6 is very possible on a small wager!!
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
ok pinch me
Mark Olsen More than 1 year ago
ROMP!! Million Dollar Double 1-5
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Why is DRF ignoring the most important story of the day? Churchill's treatment of Ron Turcotte.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Good question. Mr. Turcotte and Jim Gaffney, always loved to talk, thru emails and never refused a request for pictures, true Ambassadors to the Sport of Kings..
Thomas Nicholson More than 1 year ago
PIC-3 of OAKS WOODFORD DERBY looks like fun. Could be a real big payday for someone. Gonna single the next TRIPLE CROWN winner . The horse that can run 12 second 1/8 "S all day long from start to finish
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
we all know that
Philip Conforti More than 1 year ago
please tell me oh seer of the future !
Dan Passero More than 1 year ago
I like a few including Danza and Hopportunity and ROC but I see no triple crown winner this year. Surely he cannot be speaking of CC, who as a Cal bred, would have to break a 56 year curse to win....it could happen...but I will take the longer odds and bet against CC breaking the curse.
Curtis Wright More than 1 year ago
It's 52 years and do you really think Hill Rise, Best Pal and Cavonnier lost because of a curse?
Patrick Kane More than 1 year ago
I don't like a horse because of a 50 something year drought so I'll take a horse to do something that hasn't been done since 1882. Brilliant !
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
Late pk 4 looks chalky
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
U R right it does look chalky, but for some reason things don't end up that way. Big fields, uncertain weather etc.