Fox Hill Farms & # 39; Omaha Beach He drew favorable place April 30 to May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) in churchill Downs.
son War Front Who won the April 13 Arkansas Derby (G1) in Oaklawn Park in his last race, he was appointed to the gate 12 of 20 in post foal & # 39 position; ovtsy Tuesday. 3000000 $ Derby is scheduled for 6:46 pm EDT and will be broadcast nationally on NBC. Scratches time May 3 at 9:00 am
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Richard Mandella student Omaha Beach included in the Derby by a strong 59 five-furlong drill on April 27, Omaha Beach has won his last three outings since February 2 girls win Santa Anita Park, Then he went down the road to take the second division March 16 Rebel Stakes (G2) to the Arkansas Derby, a victory that set him up as the 4-1 morning line favorite for the first Saturday in May. Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who took the Derby last year to the winner of the Triple Crown substantiate It has attachment.
"We could not be happier," said Mandela after the draw. "It gives him a chance to size up the race. It's really good to be out of a few and not to commit too quickly. In the last few races, he kind of sit down and waiting for the moment of his time, the first bit and then decide if cruise along. Mike has to figure it out.
"Usually, when you're a favorite, as opposed to 100-1, you have a little better chance. It's a great feeling. I hope that it will be released in this way. "
On the potential of adding his first Kentucky Derby win in the Hall of Fame car & # 39; EASURES, Mandela said: "It would be great, that would have to happen. Nobody in this business knows the Kentucky Derby and wants to win it. It does not matter what you do. I'm in that group. "
Trainer Bob Baffert, a five-time winner of the Derby and the coach of the two winners of the Triple Crown, will have three runners in the Derby: game WinnerChampion 2-year-old in 2018, drew post 16 and made 5-1 second choice; Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner roadster (6-1) break from the post 17; and unbelievable (6-1) will be in the post 5.
Baffert said he was pleased with all the posts.
"All but one, two or three, I'm fine with it," he said. "And I think that the good horses are good at drawing, so that was not really there in the tabloids."
With two of its runners next to each other, he said, "they'll just watch."
Message 17 of 39 & # 0-40 is historical. Baffert likened it to a 136-year-old "Apollo's curse" is broken Justify, who became the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a 2-year-old.
"I'm fine, it is not end of the world," he said.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has two runners in the Derby Tacitus and country houseTacitus Juddmonte farms drew post eight and was included in the 10-1. Country House (30-1) was not lucky, drawing out the hole.
"I had hoped that in the middle of it," said Mott Tacitus. "He's a little different type of horse has a bit earlier speed, tactical kind of speed, stalker-type. Can be kind of horse that could be in the middle pack it in fact is likely to take the chance of encountering so much traffic, maybe even more than a Country House, while Country House comes from further back, just because it starts as if in the middle of the pack. But all we can do is hope for a clear trip.
"I thought that he could probably deserves 6-1 or 8-1. I thought he was that good, I thought it showed. But they are a professional, and I think we'll see how this happens when they start to put money through the window, because it is really to say that handicap think.
"I think he gets his mind more on the business," said Mott. "He was a bit of a handful in the form of 2-year-old and he's a big, strong horse. He wants to play around a little bit, so to speak, but I think I've seen a little more attention from him just recently. Being here, I think, maybe he realizes that there is something more important than what happens is that he had to deal with when he was a child. "
With regard to the Country House, Mott added, "If they said that 20 Country House, I said," That's fine with me Given its quick style, I think it's okay There is no reason he should not have a clear enough to drain.. in the first place, anyway. you do not know what happens after that. after that, he shoves it will have to find a rotation number for the house, but at least the first quarter of a mile you have to be sufficiently clear and do not disturb. anytime you are in any, you have to worry about being mixed, because in these ro ikih fields and these good drivers, they're going to want more. They want to get more go first. I think it's good for the Country House. »
Gary Barber war WillWinner LECOMTE Stakes (G3) and Risen Star Stakes Presented LAMARQUE Ford (G2), it was a failure to draw the rails. He is 20-1 on the morning line.
"There's a lot of flaws, he was the one," said coach Mark Cass. "You load early, you sit there, and there's a small gap that sometimes the horses love to go to the left a little. This is definitely not where you really want to be. I just talked to Gary and I just kept laughing. What are you going to do? I've been doing this for 40 years. you better learn to laugh.
"I do not know the numbers, but it sounds worse than 17," said Cass. "He breaks down, it's going to go out working, and are likely to play catch me if you can. Right now, he's very sharp very sharp. I've never seen it so acute. And when it breaks, it usually breaks down, at least we have the shortest way around. I think he is likely to be on a leash. "
Historically, the rail proved fruitful, but recently he & # 39 is a tough place to win from. Ferdinand (1986) with a & # 39 is the latest winner of the Message 1. Message 2 may be as tough as the 1978 winner of the Triple Crown confirmed last Derby winner to break out of this place, where tax begins its journey in the year.
Outside of the 20 fasting produced one winner, Big Brown in 2008.
This will be the seventh Derby run under roads Churchill Downs & # 39; to the system points the Kentucky Derby. Post-favorite won all six previous races.
leading producer point this year with 39 & # 150 Tacitus is based on its assessment Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and wood Memorial Stakes Submitted NYRA rates (G2). Omaha Beach was the second in the points race with 137.5. SpinoffWith 40 points, the last major road to the Kentucky Derby horse to get into the field. Fencer masterWho earned 19 points on the way to Japan Derby in Kentucky and was the only horse to his native country to accept the appointment, with the & # 39 is the first Japanese-bred horses run in the Derby.
RA Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables VekomaThe winner of the 100-point Toyota bluegrass Stakes (G2) April 6, KeenelandHe drew post 6 and listed as 20-1 shot on the morning line.
"I wanted somewhere between five and nine, so six is excellent," said coach George Weaver. "I must have got some hometown love. He must have tactical speed. (Xpressbet Florida Derby [G1] winner ferule) Located right at us, they were very forward with this horse, so we try to use our tactical speed and get a good seat for the first corner. "
Spinoff from the & # 39 is 30-1 and is connected with the Master Fencer gray Magician as the longest boom in the morning line at 50-1.
The draw was held Ben Huffman, vice president of racing and racing secretary of Churchill Downs and coordinator Dan Bork rates.
Greg Hall, Ron Mitchell, Christine Auxerre, and Lenny Schulman contributed to this story.