The 143rd Kentucky Derby is May 6th at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and a 70% chance of rain is in the forecast. Finding a good mudder in this group of 20 is nearly impossible. We thank Mike Battaglia, the odds maker at Churchill Downs, for giving us a morning line favorite at 4-1, Classic Empire, but come race day his odds will plummet from that enticing 4-1.
Dean and Tyler PLATED PERFECTION , Dog Collar with Solid Brass Buckle Tan Size 56cm by 4cm Fits Neck Size 51cmes to 61cmes.Buckle-Down DLS-W38101 Celtic Knot3 Olives Black White Leash Splitter, 1 Wide 30 Length
Mudders with potential:
17\ Equipride Leather GP Saddle Jump Saddle Wooden Tree Size 17 17.5 Black (17 )Classic Empire (4-1): Broke his maiden on a wet surface at Churchill Downs in 2016. Veteran rider Julien Leparoux has been aboard for all of Classic Empire’s starts.
Tapwrit (20-1): Also broke his maiden over a wet surface. My concern with Tapwrit is that his head is not in the game. He’s worth at look in a superfecta at this price and on Derby Day.
bluee 706016cm bluee 706016cm A++ Round Short Plush Pet Nest, golden Hair Large Small Medium Dog Dog Bed, Household Pets Can Be Removed for Four Seasons, Non-Slip Mat (color bluee, Size 70 60 16cm)BROWN Small (within 4 kg) BROWN Small (within 4 kg) Pet Bed Square Comfortable Warm Four Seasons Universal Cat House Kennel Pet Products A+ (color Brown, Size Small (Within 4 kg))Gormley (15-1): Also has a win on a wet surface in California, but a wet surface in Southern California is very different than a wet surface in Kentucky. The only advantage for Gormley is his veteran jockey, Victor Espinoza. Gormley races well in California but the ship to Kentucky is a mystery.
Battle of Midway (30-1): Another California shipper who broke his maiden on a wet Santa Anita surface. Finished second behind Gormley in the Santa Anita Derby, has always been in the money in all of his four races. In a very scattered Derby, this horse deserves a look, especially at this price.
The Real Deals:
Classic Empire has been on my radar (and everyone else’s) 3 Pack PetzLife Complete Treats Natural Dental Chews for Dogs, 8 oz (Sm Med Breed)since he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He’s kind of a sassy horse. He’s been known to train when he feels like it, but certainly shows up for the race. With his veteran jockey, consistent money finishes on his resume, and can run on a wet surface, Classic Empire lands on the top of my list. Besides all that, he’s American Pharaoh’s little brother. So the pedigree is perfect.
Greem M Greem M FELICIOO Fashion Pet Bag Out Backpack Pet Dog Portable Breathable Backpack (color Greem, Size M)KESS InHouse CV1076ADM02 Chelsea Victoria I Slay All Day gold Black Mixed Media Dog Place Mat, 24 x 15
McCracken (5-1): McCracken finished third in his last race behind Practical Joke and Irap in the Bluegrass, but again, he didn’t need to win because he was already in with his win in the Sam F. Davis Stakes. Until the Bluegrass, McCracken was undefeated, and veteran jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. has been with him from the first race.bluee MXD Pet Supplies Dog Pot Dog Bowl Dog Food Bowl Silica Gel Stainless Steel Single Bowl (color bluee)
Filling out the Superfecta:
Always Dreaming (5-1): Three wins in a row for Always Dreaming since veteran jock Johnny Velazquez took over, but only one graded stakes win, the Florida Derby, which he needed to get to Churchill Downs. A veteran rider, but little graded stakes experience and no races on a wet track. However, he’s been training well at Churchill and has put in some impressive bullet works since he arrived.
L(10973cm) Young17 Pet Pad Large Dog Waterproof Warm Dog Mat Easy To Carry Technology Type Not Rebound Wearable Washable (Size L(109 73cm))John Whitaker Training Rein Bungee One Size Black Or BrownM GWM Pet Backpacks Pet Carrier Dog Carriers for Cars Cat Basket Box Portable Breathable Summer Car Rabbit bluee Handcuffs Mesh Transport (Size M)
Thunder Snow (20-1):Dean and Tyler B and B , Basic Leather Dog Collar with Strong Nickel Hardware Brown Size 32-Inch by 2-Inch Fits Neck 30-Inch to 34-Inch This is the European entry. Entering the gates as a multiple graded stakes winner in Europe with extremely impressing speed figures, but has no American racing experience and has ran most of his races at sprint distances. The check mark on this horse goes to the connections and that the fields in Europe are bigger than they are here. The UAE Derby, which Thunder Snow won, had 15 entries. He will not be shy of the 20 in the gate.
State of Honor (30-1): I wanted to make this horse my superfecta filler, but he has one knock: His jockey, Jose Lezcano. Julien Leparoux has been on State of Honor for his last four races, which were stakes races, and in which State of Honor finished on the board all four times. But, Leparoux is also the jockey for Classic Empire. (What a choice?) This Mark Casse trainee gets a definite look and will be taking superfecta money come post time.
Practical Joke (20-1) was doing fine until he got into races with the other Derby contenders then he couldn’t seem to get around Gunnevera, Classic Empire or Irap. He has no wet surface races, doesn’t like the distance or the crowds.
gold-Plated Sterling Silver Memorial Gallery MG-3118gp Claddagh Celtic Cross 14K gold Sterling Silver Plating Cremation Pet JewelryDesigned for Cats, Dogs, Kittens, Puppies Extra Spacious Soft Sided Carrier Expandable Foldable Ventilated Mesh Tent
- Earthborn Holistic Wet Cat Food Variety Pack 3 Flavors (Catalina Catch, Harbor Harvest, and Monterey Medley) 3 Ounces Each (12 Total Cans) and Can Topper
- 3 x Fresh Beef Rolls Dog Treats, 155mm, Pack of 18
- KESS InHouse KIH135ADM02 Kess Original Om Red Red Black Dog Place Mat, 24 x 15
- Medium Petflect Reflective Dog Vest, Medium
- Perri's Hibiscus Nylon Lead with Snap, Purple, 6Feet
- Pink 40x31x6cmZWYGXL Kennel Dog Pad Summer Teddy Dog Small and Medium Dogs Pet Bed Supplies Moisture Absorption Breathable Easy Care (color Yellow, Size 40x31x6cm)
- S908 GPS IP69 Waterproof Smart Belt Helps Improve Sleep Quality, Heart Rate superviseing, and Encourages and Supervises Your Own Exercise SmartwatchBlack
- 35.4\ iPrint Pet Mat for Food and Water,American,New York City Street Scenery Liberty Statue and USA Flag Freedom Torch Illustration,Red Grey,Rectangle Non-Slip Rubber Mat for Dogs and Cats
- Insigniabluee-taupe XL-155cm insigniabluee-taupe XL-155cm Eskadron Dralon Rug CHECK CLASSIC SPORTS
- Hexiansheng Pet Bowl Slow Food Bowl pet Dog Bowl Small Dog Slow Food Basin Rice Basin Slow Food Basin Choke Bowl Baby Dog Bowls
- Gallon Ikaria ZX3154 91 Revive Facial Wash
- PawHut 10'Lx10'Wx6'H Large Outdoor Dog Kennel Playpen Pet Exercise House Cage with Canopy Roof, Silver
- Regular Petote Reverse black Dot JL Duffel Pet Carrier, Regular
- VITAKRAFT Hamster Honey Stix 2pk See Through Packaging
- 2 Steps Dog Stairs Cat Dog Ascending Stairs Pet Dog Sponge Stairs Removable And Washable (color RED)
- Black Green 51Shires Tempest Plus 1200D 300g Turnout
- Cgoldnet Medium Weight Dressage Weymouth Bit
- Dixinla Pet Stroller Cat Doggy Tricycle Trolley Folding portable breathable pet car
- FidgetKute 600 1000 1500 3500LPH Submersible Aquarium Fountain Pond Water Pump Fish AP2500
- Home Wireless Doorbell, Plugin Receiver + Transmitter (SelfPowered), ABS Material, Home Company,White,A
- KESS InHouse Jeff Ferst Flower Power Abstract Multicolor Dog Bed, 30 x 40
- Master Equipment TP38405 Steel Pet Tub Stairs Extension Hook, 2Pack
- bluee Sroute Sifting Cat Pan Litter Box with Frame Easy to Clean Odor Free Stain Resistant,Suitable for Small Cats and Small Animals (bluee)
- 5 Count 1 Pack CHEWY LOUIE 5 5 Count 1pk Steer Sticks 100% Beef Treat, No Artificial Preservatives, colors, or Flavors. Tough, Long-Lasting, and Dental Support Dog Treats.
- Dusty Pink Diameter-16in Dusty Pink Diameter-16in Popular Knit Chunky Pet Cave Chunky Cat Bed,Chunky Knit Pet Bed,Pet Cave,Pet Bedding,Merino Wool Cat Bed,Arm Knit Bulky House,Cat Cave,Pet House Diameter-16in
- Onnear Summer Style Gel Ice Mat for Pet Cool Pet bed Multiple colors, Sizes, and Styles Available,allowing Pets To Have A Cool Experience In Hot Summer (color Sky bluee, Size Xl)
- Pet Traction Rope，Chest Strap, Leash Small Dog Go Out Collar Vest Dog cat
- Replacement Sponge for Hydro V