The 141st edition of the $2 million dollar Kentucky Derby Race will be taking place on May 2nd, 2015. Every year a total amount of 20 horses have the once in a lifetime chance to run in the Kentucky Derby. In order to enter the race and earn a spot in the starting gate, these horses must participate in a series of 35 designated races at tracks across the country and around the world.
The Kentucky Derby is the first of three top thoroughbred races known as the Triple Crown. The racetrack where the action takes place is known as Churchill Downs located in Louisville. Additionally, this racetrack is also recognized as the track that has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times.
Furthermore, defending U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome had Robbie Mills aboard for the first time April 15 at Newmarket, getting acquainted with the rider who will be his regular partner in the Rae Guest yard. Art Sherman will remain the trainer of record for last year’s winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
California Chrome, second in the March 28 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), currently has a 9-3-1 record from 18 starts with earnings of $6,322,650. He earned Horse of the Year honors and was named the champion 3-year-old male of 2014 at the Eclipse Awards in January.
Below is a look at the potential starters for the Kentucky Derby in no particular order as we get close to that first Saturday in May:
International Star – Betting Odds: 16/1
Why not start with the best hope from the Fairgrounds? This guy swept the prep slate this past season, the first to do so since Friesan Fire in 2009. Now he doesn’t really blow you away visually but he just seems to have a knack for getting to the wire first.
Materiality – Betting Odds: 12-1
Here is a horse who exploded onto the Derby picture with a resolute win in the Florida Derby. However, if you think this guy is a prime contender in the upcoming Kentucky Derby, you better hope he can overcome a long standing Derby jinx. No horse since Apollo in 1882 – who did not even start as a 2-year old – has won the Run for the Roses.
Carpe Diem – Betting Odds: 10-1
What has this guy done wrong in his career up to this point? His only loss came in last year’s Breeders Cup Juvenile to Texas Red who subsequently was taken off the Derby trail with an injury. Carpe Diem has a pair of sensational efforts this year with wins in the Tampa Bay Derby and Blue Grass Stakes.
American Pharoah – Betting Odds: 5-1
So if anyone believes that trainer Bob Baffert has the Derby covered, maybe you’re right. After what this guy did on Saturday in destroying the Arkansas Derby field, he has to be someone you must respect.
Dortmund – Betting Odds: 6-1
As I said with American Pharoah, this guy is also trained by Bob Baffert and this guy hasn’t lost in 6 career starts. His most recent effort was a dominating win in the Santa Anita Derby when he outclassed a solid group.
Mubtaahij – – Betting Odds: 9/1
Normally we don’t provide a lot of credence to horses who come from Dubai after prepping in the UAE Derby but this guy might be the exception. The common thought was that he sat the perfect trip and took full advantage when it counted.
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