Derby Weekend Wrap-Up

Derby Contender Profiles

Wednesday, April 25, 2017

by Andrew Rdesinski

Here at Danonymous Racing, we’re happy to introduce a new recurring column series: the Derby Weekend Wrap-Up, with our own Andrew Rdesinski!

You may know Andrew from his write-ups of the racing action at Santa Anita Park every Sunday. Now, he’ll give his opinions on each of the Kentucky Derby top twenty. Last week, you saw thoughts on ten Derby horses, now, here’s the next ten.

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Patch – Union Rags – Windyindy by A.P. Indy

KY Bred

Owner- Calumet Farm

Trainer- Todd Pletcher

Jockey- TBD

Patch is a strong horse with only one eye, hence the name Patch. Patch is a horse with a ton of heart and he gets the job done. Patch is very lightly raced with only 3 lifetime starts. In his latest start, he was 2nd in the Louisiana Derby. I expect big things for him in the future and the Derby might be one of those big outings.

Girvin – Tale of Ekati – Catch the Moon by Malibu Moon

KY Bred
Owner- Brad Grady
Trainer- Joe Sharp
Jockey- Brian Hernandez Jr.
This is a horse that is in my top 5. Girvin just kept on impressing me with every prep this year. He has won the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby this year. He keeps on getting better each start as well, and I believe trainer Joe Sharp will have this horse ready to run on the first Saturday in May.
Gormley – Malibu Moon – Race to Urga by Bernstein
KY Bred
Owner- Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss
Trainer- John Shirreffs
Jockey- Victor Espinoza
Gormley is 3rd in the points rankings, but totally off my top 10 list this year. He is an inconsistent horse, and a horse who I feel has peaked facing weak fields. He will be bet because he is the best California horse this year, so look at him to be a shorter price than he should be.
Irish War Cry – Curlin – Irish Sovereign by Polish Numbers
NJ Bred
Owner- Isabelle de Tomaso
Trainer- Graham Motion
Jockey- Rajiv Maragh
This horse was on and off my list this year. However, he has crept back on my list leading up to the Derby, based off his Wood Memorial win. The incredible story of the remarkable journey that Rajiv Maragh has had since his injury a couple years back to now deserves a Kentucky Derby win at the finish line.
Always Dreaming – Bodemeister – Above Perfection by In Excess (IRE)
KY Bred
Owner- Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, et al
Trainer- Todd Pletcher
Jockey- John Velazquez
It seemed like everyone loved Always Dreaming going into the Florida Derby, except me. However, he did win and beat my top contender, which we will get to later. The only things keeping me off this horse as a legit contender, is the fact that Pletcher is training him, with his record with Derby horses, and the fact that the track carried him in the Florida Derby, because the track was lightening fast that day. Who knows, I could be wrong.
Gunnevera – Dialed In – Unbridled Rage by Unbridled
KY Bred
Owner- Peacock Racing Stables LLC
Trainer- Antonio Sano
Jockey- Javier Castellano
This has been my Derby horse for the past 6 months. I bet him in the 1st Future Pool, and I have backed him in each prep. He has been the most sound horse of the group by far. He has consistently run his race in each prep and has stayed healthy so far. The only thing that could demolish his derby chances is the post he gets, and his trip. He is a one-run horse that loves to make up a ton of ground and come from dead last to win. In a 20 horse field, that is very hard to do but we will see.
J Boys Echo – Mineshaft – Letgomyecho by Menifee
KY Bred
Owner- Albaugh Family Stables
Trainer- Dale Romans
Jockey- TBD
Robby Albarado will not be riding this horse due to surgery on his leg this past week from an injury during a race. I have never liked this horse, e is on the bottom of my list when it comes to my rankings. He always runs his race, but its never good enough,except in the Gotham and his MSW win. Other than that he is just not as good as the rest of the bunch.
Malagacy – Shackleford – Classiest Gem by Dehere
KY Bred
Owner- Sumaya U.S. Stable
Trainer- Todd Pletcher
Jockey- TBD
This horse might not run in the Derby as there are signs indicating he will be bypassing the race. However, I feel that he already peaked this year, and won’t be a factor if he runs on May 6th.
McCraken– Ghostzapper – Ivory Empress by Seeking the Gold
KY Bred
Owner- Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer- Ian Wilkes
Jockey- TBD
McCraken completely bounced in his last start and still managed to get 3rd. However, I think he is a great horse and a legit contender. I feel like he might not fire on May 6th as well.  He is good enough to win this race, so we shall see.

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