Off and On, The Derby Bubble Is Getting Crowded

Master of Hounds to run in the Kentucky Derby

After another weekend of unexpected results, three horses move into the top 20 from the outside and will be entering the starting gate at the 137th Kentucky DerbyArkansas Derby winner, Archarcharch, and 2nd place finisher Nehro are both are expected to arrive at Churchill Downs this week.  The other outsider is Bluegrass Stakes winner Brilliant Speed.  This is good news for Trainer, Tom Albertrani.  After a surprising last place finish in the 2010 Bluegrass his colt Odysseus was unfortunately taken off the derby trail and retired due to injury.  Welcome back to the derby hunt, Tom, it will be great to see you there.  The news that 3 horses are moving into the top 20 means no news is good news for last week’s Last 5 in.  Let’s begin with a few recent updates to the derby field.   

Will they run? Master of Hounds, welcome aboard the derby train.  At the beginning of the week it was confirmed that the colt will make the trip across the pond from Ireland and join the Kentucky Derby field.  After finishing 2nd by a nose to Khawlah in the UAE derby the young 3 yr old will return to Churchill Downs where he finished 6th in last years Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.  Off the train, is Astrology. Trainer Steve Asmussen and Stonestreet Stables have confirmed their entry into the Jerome Handicap on 4/23 and have opted to wait until the Preakness Stakes before they make their Triple Crown Debut.  That leaves us with 2 remaining horses that have not yet been confirmed, Comma to the Top & Animal Kingdom

Last 5 In: Animal Kingdom, The Factor, Stay Thirsty, Jaycito, Santiva

After a disappointing 9th place finish in Saturday’s Bluegrass Stakes Santiva, considered the only Derby Contender in the field, lost his status and ended up on the outside looking in at #21.  However, with the news that Astrology will skip the derby, Santiva can breathe easy for the moment as he re-enters the field, taking the final qualifying spot.  Jaycito is the only horse with a chance to improve. He was listed as probable for this weekends final prep, the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, but it’s now beginning to look very doubtful.  With his Jockey Martin Garcia scheduled to remain at Hollywood Park Saturday and the colt not scheduled to travel to KY until tomorrow, those are pretty good indicators that he will skip the prep on Saturday.  Due to a right front foot bruise, the Colt has not raced since 3/12 and hasn’t worked since 4/2.  At #19 he’s still in for the moment but the questions surrounding his health and his layoff will lead to a lot of speculation about weather he can contend or not.   

First 5 Out: The news around the backside this week is that after a Mile breeze in 51.40 at Churchill Downs, Trainer Steve Asmussen is considering Silver Medallion for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes as well.  At #24 his colt will have to enter and finish at least 2nd if he wants to see him race over the Churchill dirt on May 7th.  If so, the colt will look to rebound from a 4th place finish in the Santa Anita derby. 

At this stage of the trail, the other four horses basically represent the also Also Eligible list.  The first two on the outside will anxiously be awaiting the upcoming decisions.  If either of the two or any other horses decide the last minute to skip the derby due to injury or for any other reason, these are your horses in line waiting to take their spots.

21) Watch Me Go $235,500     22) Shackleford $212,000                                                        23) Twinspired $197,500    24)Silver Meddalion $184,344     25)Anthonys Cross $182,000

We’re now inside of 20 days until the 137th Kentucky Derby and derby fever is heating up.  While the picture on who will be the odds on favorite is still a little cloudy, the expected field of 20 is getting clearer.  However, surprises are just about everywhere right now so don’t be if another horse from the outside earns their way in this weekend. 

Written by: Little Brink

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