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Kentucky Derby Post Positions (& Usual Grumbles)

Look, only 14!

Look, only 13!

The revolving door continues – Endorsement is officially out of the Derby with an ankle fracture he picked up in his work this morning.  There had been considerable online chatter that things were not entirely ‘right’ with the horse earlier in the week; it seems those rumors were true. If nothing else, at least he injured himself in a treatable way today, rather than more catastrophically in the Derby.  

Interactif is also out, although under more happy circumstances – his connections have decided he is better suited to the turf (which seemed obvious, but a little Derby Fever can cloud the issue).

Although that means there is more room in the gate, I am not convinced we need anything like a full field this year; yes, Robby Albarado (who was to ride Endorsement) will switch to Dean’s Kitten.  While Dean’s Kitten was not on the bubble, he seems as though he would be more in his element facing Interactif in turf races – and there are several others who have the requisite graded earnings, but who simply do not seem to be cut out for this race.

Nevertheless, here they all are, in post position order:

  1. Lookin At Lucky
  2. Ice Box
  3. Noble’s Promise
  4. Super Saver
  5. Line of David
  6. Stately Victor
  7. American Lion
  8. Dean’s Kitten
  9. Make Music For Me
  10. Paddy O’Prado
  11. Devil May Care
  12. Conveyance
  13. Jackson Bend
  14. Mission Impazible
  15. Discreetly Mine
  16. Awesome Act
  17. Dublin
  18. Backtalk
  19. Homeboykris
  20. Sidney’s Candy

Some initial thoughts: Not an ideal post for Dublin, but it could be worse.  I like Noble’s Promise in the 3, but am concerned for Lookin At Lucky on the rail – does Baffert want to switch to Calvin Borel?  Tough post for Sidney’s Candy, too – his speed will be hung out in the lane there.  Jackson Bend and Devil May Care are in good spots.

Well, are you ready to bet on the Kentucky Derby?   I will be….later this week.  Check back later for more on the Oaks (and the Oaks undercard)!

2 comments to Kentucky Derby Post Positions (& Usual Grumbles)

  • Chicago Guy

    As usual, “Lucky” in a trick bag. They should’ve picked another mane for this horse!

  • I sure like Sidney’s Candy. If he can draw off at a mile and an eighth at Santa Anita he can surely do the same at Churchill Downs. There will be no horse near him at the wire.

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