There are very few American sporting events matching to the history and popularity of the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875. The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. The Kentucky Derby is not just a sporting event, but a celebration of southern culture and a true icon of Americana.
The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup.
The Kentucky Derby is all set to see some fine horses running on the court. On Sunday, 20 horses will line up to run for the roses in the Grade I $2 million Kentucky Derby. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs.
The 2017 Kentucky Derby will be the 143rd running race, with a $2 million guaranteed purse. The race will be live televised on DSport on Sunday 12AM onwards.
Here is the list of top 5 contenders to watch for:
After an impressive five-length win in Florida Derby, Always Dreaming has the potential to be the first Derby favourite for trainer Todd Pletcher, who will have two other starters in the race. Always Dreaming returned to racing as a 3-year-old with an 11-1/2 length maiden victory at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 25. He handled the step up in class with ease, racing outside the leader Three Rules before sprinting away to a five length victory over State of Honor and Gunnevera. Always Dreaming has generally raced on or near the speed. He galloped to the line very solidly in the 1-1/8 mile Florida Derby, and his prospects of staying 1-1/4 miles look promising.
While others have grabbed headlines on the 2017 Kentucky Derby trail, Untrapped has quietly gone about accumulating Derby leaderboard points. From four starts, the colt from Steve Asmussen’s stable has won once and finished second three times. With 24 points on the Kentucky Derby leader board, he can probably earn a Derby start with one more good performance.
FAST AND ACCURATE
Fast and Accurate will aim to do an Animal Kingdom and win the Kentucky Derby as a dirt track maiden when he appears at Churchill Downs. Whether Fast and Accurate has the class or stamina necessary to win the Kentucky Derby is yet to be determined, but in an unpredictable year he should not be ignored by punters.
THUNDER SNOW (IRE)
Godolphin made a late Triple Crown nomination March 22 for the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Darley homebred, but he’s also nominated for the 2,000 Guineas (G1), run at Newmarket the same day as the Kentucky Derby. The form through Master Plan suggests Thunder Snow has genuine credentials if he runs at Churchill Downs, and he only needs to stretch his stamina a further 1/16 of a mile from Dubai to stay the 1/1-4 mile Kentucky Derby trip. Punters should keep a close eye on Godolphin’s decision.
LOOKIN AT LEE
Lookin At Lee was many lengths behind in the early stages of three marquee races, but rallied strongly in each. He finished second in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and third in his first three-year-old start, the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 20, albeit 11-3/4 lengths from the winner, One Liner. Bred by Ray Hanson in Kentucky, Lookin At Lee was a $70,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. He is raced by L and N Racing LLC.
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