Kentucky Derby: The next five contenders
This is our second instalment
of the 2007 Kentucky Derby reviews of the contenders which will
race for the 133rd.
In our previous publication,
we took a look at the top five horses, looking at the odds the
betting and horse racing site
Bodog published online. It's
time to look at the next five horses, and get a little more
information, before the first leg of the Triple Crown of
Thoroughbred horseracing, starting May 5th at 6:00pm EST.
Hard Spun (#8): Betting
odds 12/1. Born on 05.10.2004 of BayColt and Turkish Tryst, with
graded earnings of $360,000, Hard Spun won two of his last three
races Lane's End (GII) and Lecomte (GIII), but finished fourth
at Southwest. The trainer is a Kentucky local, J. Larry Jones,
and Hard Spun is his first ever horse in the Kentucky Derby. The
45-years-old Mario Pino will ride Hard Spun in the Run for the
Roses, also his first time at the Derby.
Any Given Saturday
(#18): Odds 14/1. Born on 01.29.2004 of Dark bay and Weekend in
Indy, Any Given Sunday has netted only a little over
$177,000 with race record of 6-3-2-1. In its last three races,
Any Given Sunday finished 3rd at Wood Memorial (GI), 2nd at
Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) and won at Sam F. Davis. This is one of
the five horses the trainer Todd Pletcher has at the 133
Kentucky Derby. Jockey will be Garrett Gomez, native of Arizona,
and this will be his fourth time riding at the Derby.
Tiago (#15): Odds 17/1.
Born of bayColt and Set Them Free on 03.08.2004, Tiago has
earned in graded races $450,000, won two of his last three
races, Santa Anita Derby (GI) and Maiden @ Santa Anita, but
finished 7th on March 3rd at Robert B. Lewis (GII). On Saturday
the reins will be held by Mike Smith with trainer John Shirreffs
making his third appearance at the Kentucky Derby.
Betting odds 19/1. Born on 05.04.2004 of Chestnutgelding and
First Violin, Dominican's race record stands at 7-3-0-2, pursing
almost $500,000 at graded races. Last two races (Blue Grass (GI)
and Rushaway) were won, but in the previous one at Kentucky
Jockey Club (GII) Dominican finished second evenly. Trained by
Darrin Miller, Dominican will be the first horse for him to
enter the Kentucky Derby, but second time for the jockey Rafael
Great Hunter (#20):
Odds 20/1. Born on 03.31.2004 of Dark bay and Zenith, Great
Hunter's race record is 9-3-4-1 with graded earnings a little
over $752,000. In the last three races, Great Hunter finished
5th at Toyota Blue Grass (GI), won the Robert B. Lewis (GII),
and 3rd at Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) last year. Doug O'Neill,
native of Michigan, is training the horse for his first Kentucky
Derby, but the experienced Corey Nakatani will make his 12th run
at the Derby.
here to see the top five contender