Curlin is the early 7/2 favorite in the opening jewel of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
“Whatever the conditions of running the race are, all 20 will have to do it,” said Curlin trainer Steve Asmussen, seeking his first Derby triumph at his sixth attempt.
Bwana Bull, a 50-1 longshot in the morning line, could receive unexpected backing if the track is sloppy for the 133rd edition of the Run for the Roses.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky Predictions of thunderstorms on Saturday could have Kentucky Derby handicappers scrambling to figure out who runs well in the mud.
The chestnut colt by the champion Holy Bull, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, had a frisky gallop on the wet Churchill Downs racing strip on Friday morning.
“Like with Unbridled, I like everything I have seen this week,” he said. “There will be no excuses.”
“The winner’s going to deserve to have won the Derby because he did it when it mattered.”
A 20-horse race for three-year-olds which would be wide open on a dry day could become chaotic if the steady rain that has fallen on Churchill Downs this week continues.
“He gets through it here really well,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told reporters after the workout. A win by the dark bay by Street Cry would give trainer Carl Nafzger his first Derby winner since Unbridled in 1990.
His best chance to end his 0-for-14 streak at the Derby will probably come from Circular Quay (8-1 odds) or Scat Daddy (10-1).
Three-times Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will have a record-tying five horses in the race as he tries to win his first Triple Crown race in 21 attempts.. “He’s been on (wet tracks) plenty of times training in Northern California.”
Street Sense (4-1) will try to become the first Breeders Cup Juvenile champion to win the Derby