Continuing with the info of the Kentucky Derby runners this year, it’s now time for the next 5 post positions (6-10); some of the more preferred starting spots as odds of being pinned by a bad break from the gate and/or having a longer distance to go are reduced.
Gate 6: Friesan Fire is out of Bollinger and A.P. Indy. Though A.P. Indy would be the better known of the two, Bollinger has been a stand out in her homeland of Australia even beating out the males at graded races. The bloodlines are more than there, though most won’t know about the Bollinger side. All one has to do is look at his race record of 7-4-1-1 (starts-wins-place/2nd-show/3rd) with the one race outside the top three being a 4th. Friesan Fire is trained by Larry Jones and ridden by jockey Gabriel Saez. Both are probably best remembered for last year when his filly Eight Belles went down right after the finish of the Derby and ended up being put down. Look for a great race out of Friesan Fire and a possible top 5; if not a top 3 depending on if he gets blocked in on the inside. Odds are currently 5-1.
Gate 7: Papa Clem is out of Miss Houdini and Smart Strike. Smart Strike was not only a stand out horse in Canada, but his offspring have proven themselves as well being led by Curlin North America’s all-time leading money winner and Horse of the Year in 2007 and Miss Houdini won a graded race in only her second start, so Papa Clem has some outstanding bloodlines. Papa Clem might be a surprise with a race record of 6-2-2-0, though he’s already lost to other Derby contenders. Papa Clem is trained by Gary Stute and ridden by jockey Rafael Bejarano. Gary Stute may not be well known, in fact it’s his first trip to the Derby, Rafael Bejarano makes up for that being one of the top jockeys in the nation and ranking high on the all time win list. Papa Clem may break the top 10, but much higher than that is doubtful. Odds are currently 20-1.
Gate 8: Mine That Bird is out of the unraced Mining My Own, daughter of Smart Strike and Birdstone. Though his mom is unraced, the bloodlines from her crossed with Birdstone should make for an amazing horse that loves the distance. Despite all that, Mine That Bird only has a race record of 8-4-1-0. Trained by Bennie Woolley Jr. and ridden by jockey Calvin Borel. Bennie Woolley Jr. maybe at his first Kentucky Derby, but Calvin Borel has a lot of experience and even won it before with Street Sense in 2007. With a record like Mine That Bird has it’s easy to expect him to be running toward the back of the pack, but with Calvin Borel a mid-pack or better finish is possible. Odds are currently 50-1.
Gate 9: Join in the Dance is out of Dance Darling and Sky Mesa. Though the bloodlines are great, the three above him including Sky Mesa have had odd issues that have kept them from the big race, including a foot bruise and bone chip. Join the Dance has a race record of 8-1-3-1. Join in the Dance is another horse trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by jockey Chris DeCarlo. Though a well known trainer, Todd Pletcher has yet to get a Kentucky Derby winner even when training five horses for the Kentucky Derby. Chris DeCarlo is a jockey just under the radar, riding just once in the Kentucky Derby aboard Faultless Ensign in 1989. Pletcher will have to continue searching because Join in the Dance will be running toward the back of the pack with his other horse Advice. Odds are currently 50-1.
Gate 10: Regal Ransom is out of Kelli’s Ransom and Distorted Humor. Though Distorted Humor didn’t seem to have the distance, his offspring have proven to be able to handle it including Funny Cide the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner. Regal Ransom has a record of 5-2-2-0. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by jockey Alan Garcia, both of which are not that well known though Alan Garcia was the jockey on 2008 Belmont winner Da’ Tara. Look for Regal Ransom to be in contention for the win, before fading to around a 5th place finish. Odds are currently 30-1.