We are now one week away from Kentucky Derby 2015 and the participants are starting to assemble under the Twin Spires.
The next few days will bring final workouts and post positions will be drawn on Wednesday.
One Lucky Dane was injured in a workout last weekend and is off the Derby trail for Bob Baffert. Todd Pletcher’s Madefromlucky will not run in the Derby after an unsatisfactory workout at Churchill Downs on April 24. Keen Ice takes over the 20th and final spot with Frammento and Bold Conquest on the outside looking in.
Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.
Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders
- CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables
Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48 (5/76) at Keeneland on April 18.
Last Start: 1st in G1 Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 4.
Comments: He’s been part of my list since last September and has occupied the top spot for more than four months. He continues to prepare for the Derby at Keeneland and the feeling here is that we have not seen his best.
Derby Points (164)
- DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat)
Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in :58.80 (1/59) at Santa Anita on April 18.
Last Start: 1st in G1 SA Derby on April 4.
Comments: The undefeated Derby contender elevated his game to new heights in back-to-back graded wire jobs in the San Felipe and SA Derby. The massive colt owns early-pressing versatility and cruised in his lone Churchill start.
Derby Points (170)
- INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy)
Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey
Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:01.80 (35/60) at Churchill Downs on April 18.
Last Start: 1st in G2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on Saturday, March 28.
Comments: My original #1 ranked Ky Derby contender when I started this list Sept. ’14. The very experienced Derby contender began his career last June. He keeps getting better but needs further improvement to make a splash on the first Saturday in May. I love his professionalism.
Derby Points (171)
- AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman)
Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables
Last Start: 1st in the G1 Arkansas Derby.
Comments: The 2YO Champ did not break a sweat in the Rebel or Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby favorite was an early arrival at Churchill Downs.
Derby Points (160)
- FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister)
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing
Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in 1:01.35 (1/7) at Palm Meadows on April 16.
Last Start: 1st in G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4.
Comments: He’s the fourth member of my original list from September and I played him Derby Future Pool 1. He showed a new closing dimension in the Wood Memorial and will do the bulk of his Kentucky Derby preparations in Florida.
Derby Points (113)
Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables
Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:00.19 (3/16) at Belmont Park on April 19.
Last Start: 3rd in G1 Wood Memorial on April 4.
Comments: The 5th and final member of my original Derby list. Nothing bothers the versatile, consistent sort and he certainly brings plenty of experience to the table. He was reportedly energetic in his Belmont Park workout on April 19.
Derby Points (95)
Trainer: Simon Callaghan – Owner: Arnold Zetcher
Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:00.40 (22/59) at Santa Anita on April 18.
Last Start: 1st in G3 Sunland Derby on March 22.
Comments: After two grueling defeats to Dortmund, he cruised to a very easy win at Sunland. The Kentucky Derby will be his first start in six weeks.
Derby Points (58)
Trainer: Richard Violette – Owner: Ralph M. Evans
Latest Published Workout: 4f bullet in :47.40 (1/6) at Palm Meadows on April 17.
Last Start: 2nd in G1 Florida Derby on March 28.
Comments: Spiked a fever and missed his workout last week but looked good returning to the worktab April 17.
Derby Points (76)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Alto Racing, LLC.
Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48 (7/78) at Churchill Downs on April 24.
Last Start: 1st in G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28.
Comments: The last unraced 2-year-old to win the Kentucky Derby was Apollo in 1882. He earned a 110 BSF in the G1 Florida Derby and looms a pace player on the first Saturday in May.
Derby Points (100)
Trainer: Tom Amoss – Owner: Loooch Racing Stable
Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:02 (7/20) at Churchill Downs on April 22.
Last Start: 3rd in G2 LA Derby on March 28.
Comments: Hard-knocking gelding earned his way into the Kentucky Derby with a 2nd in the G3 Lecomte, another 2nd in the G2 Risen Star, and a 3rd in the G2 LA Derby.
Derby Points (44)
Trainer: Michael F. de Kock – Owner: Sheikh Mohammad bin Khalifa al Maktoum
Latest Published Workout: 3f in :36.20 (1/2) at Arlington Park on April 21.
Last Start: 1st UAE Derby.
Comments: The Irish-bred mystery horse is traveling across the globe for a shot at Derby glory. Trainer Mike de Kock is one of the best in the world.
Derby Points (100)
Honorable Mention: (12) Far Right, (13) Bolo, (14) Itsaknockout, (15) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (16) Stanford, (17) Danzig Moon, (18) Tencendur, (19) Mr. Z, (20) Keen Ice, (21) Frammento, (22) Bold Conquest, (23) Firespike