Derby 2017: 5 horses to watch in 143rd Kentucky Derby

Posted May 04, 2017

He also trains State of Honor.

That's because the strapping bay stands 17 hands one inch high, or roughly 175 centimetres (five feet nine inches).

The world-famous Kentucky Derby is described as "the most exciting two minutes in sports" but while there may be a touch of exaggeration to that statement, there is certainly a different feel to the race which will be staged at Churchill Downs on Saturday. He's one of 15 African American jockeys who won the Derby in its first 28 Runnings.

A woman hasn't won the derby yet. "He tries every time". Then he'll fly home to Southern California on Saturday morning and be back in time to catch the Derby from the comfort of his couch.

There's Classic Empire, who boasts an impressive resume as last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor and champion 2-year-old.

Hence, a breakthrough victor of the Sunland Derby in his final prep race, most likely will be the lowest odds of the trio.

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"I would've loved to try checking it off when my dad was still alive".

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"The mile and a quarter here will suit him well", Pletcher said about the run at Churchill Downs in Lousiville, Kentucky.

Arkansas Derby victor Classic Empire is the colt most likely to be installed as the morning-line favorite after post positions are determined. He drew the No. 14 post Wednesday.

"He has a legitimate chance, make no mistake about it", Casse said.

As usual, a full field of 20 is expected.

"It's been much discussed that there's not much speed in the race and he's going to be close to the lead or maybe even be on it".

Below is the complete 2017 143rd Kentucky Derby Post Positions. "In fact, he's kind of been the talk around the track on how good he's training and how good he looks". The long-striding GIII Sunland Derby victor was credited with a four-furlong move in:48.80 over the upgraded "good" going. Only two Canadian-breds have won the prestigious race - the legendary Northern Dancer in 1964 and Sunny's Halo in '83. The victor would earn $1,635,800. But he was bred in the US and had been sold to foreign interests prior to his stunning win. Sonneteer has yet to win a race in his career.

Sunland Park Derby victor Hence broke his maiden at Oaklawn in January and finished seventh in the Southwest Stakes before shipping to New Mexico. Always Dreaming has the potential to be the first Derby favorite for trainer Todd Pletcher, who will have two other starters in the race.

"We couldn't be in a better place", Casse said. "It was a tough winter, I am not going to lie, " Leparoux said. The colt has four wins in nine career starts and finished third in the Florida Derby. "I really don't see it being an issue". "He trained and ran well but not great". "We've had some horses overachieve on their way to getting there and in some cases, underachieve in the race itself". That happens with some horses. And, Hoosier Park social media fans that post a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter wearing a Derby hat will receive $5 in Free Slot Play. "I guess you don't know for sure but it certainly doesn't seem like it has".