Kentucky Derby: Why an Amazon company is backing a contender
- Author: Julie Sanders May 04, 2018,
May 04, 2018, 9:59
Her entry made for good copy as they say in the newspaper business and she was a credible contender.
Mendelssohn captured the UAE Derby in his dirt debut and will try to give O'Brien and British jockey Ryan Moore their first victory in one of the few global races that the duo has not paired to win. Can he do that again in a 20-horse field. "I think $500,000 (Justify's auction price after a $499,000 reserve) scared a lot of them off, OK".
"There's so many other things that can go wrong that I don't even worry about that", Baffert said. The suggestion is that the horse is fast enough and closes hard enough to adapt his style to however the Derby unfolds. But it is also a unusual and unique test: A rumbling, 20-horse field watched by a well-lubricated crowd that approaches-or exceeds-175,000 humans, a distance of 1 ¼ miles that most of the participants will never attempt again in their short racing careers. The last long-shot was Animal Kingdom at 20-1 in 2011, but that paled compared to Mine That Bird at 50-1 in 2009 with the toothless jockey Calvin Borel aboard, and Giacomo at 50-1 in 2005.
Excited as Lukas is to be back with Bravazo, he is even more encouraged about the 2-year-old prospects he has coming up.
Magnum Moon is a son of Malibu Moon, the sire of 2013 Kentucky Derby victor Orb, which may give him an edge over Justify in their respective quests to break the Curse of Apollo. Rounding out the top five is Chad Brown's Blue Grass Stakes victor and Good Magic.
Owner/trainer Mick Ruis is equally as effusive in his praise for Bolt d'Oro.
This year, two horses have the distinction - the 3-1 morning-line favorite Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, and 6-1 third choice Magnum Moon, trained by Todd Pletcher. Eliminating those two, the field is practically wide open.
Kentucky Derby 144 is the 32nd straight time I've gotten to cover the Run for the Roses, and I can write with all conviction that it's one of the great privileges of my career.
Bolt d'Oro drew Stall 11, which has only produced two winners and no victories since 1988. Velasquez has Vino Rosso. While he is still definitely a long shot behind the favorites and some of the other names on this list, My Boy Jack has the potential to surprise as an excellent sleeper option to win the Kentucky Derby this week.
Homburg will start the Kentucky Derby in the No. 9 post.
"We didn't want the 1-hole, that's for sure", Baffert, the four-time Derby victor, told the Associated Press. This feature race is a $1 Million Grade 1 stakes race and awards the winning filly a garland of lilies, appropriately named "lilies for the fillies". Going up against a field of 20 is a daunting task.
He also stopped by to see the updated film on the Derby that runs each hour.
Mendelssohn is the UAW Derby champion that has spent the majority of his career overseas.
Part of the exercise of previewing the Kentucky Derby is to select the victor. But Mendelssohn may be different. If form is anything to go by, Mendelssohn is a good prospect having won four of his five races with Moore in the saddle, including on his previous appearance in the States, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.