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.
Mudders with potential:
BROWN M(655515CM) BROWN M(655515CM) Dog Bed Pet Cat Bed Soft PP Cotton-Filled Puppy Bed for Small Medium Pet with Removable & Washable Cover Cozy Dog Bed for Small Puppy (color Brown, Size M(65 55 15CM))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.
B Weiwei Cat Litter Cat House Summer cat Bed pet Felt nest with Cool Cushion can be Washed and Washed Four Seasons General Cat PotBrown 30 Brown 30 Intrepid International Cinch-The Original Non Slip GirthGormley (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) Desktop Mini Fish Tank Aquarium Small Fish Tank Aquarium Betta Box Breeder House with Divider Transparent Fish Pet Accessories Clear, Msince 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.
Hunter 4236-10-4900 NFL New York Jets Too Cute Pet Dress, SmallDIYthinker Bohe Mia Wind Fashion Hand Painted Anti-Slip Floor Pet Mat Square Home Kitchen Door 80Cm Gift
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.Beige Small Beige Small AVA Luxury Pet Seat Cover for Cars Waterproof Nonslip Hammock Pet Seat Extra Side Flaps Padded Quilted Pet Back Seat Covers for Cars Trucks and SUVs with Bone Gift
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.
DIYthinker Boy Girl Hat Backpack Book Patriotism Anti-Slip Floor Pet Mat Square Home Kitchen Door 80Cm GiftCoffee H&ZT XLarge Dog Cot with Canopy, Elevated Pet Bed for Indoor or Outdoor Use, Lightweight & Portable, Sturdy Oxford Fabric (Coffee)Large 30\ Kess InHouse Mandie Manzano Cinderella Dog Bed
Thunder Snow (20-1):M Pets First NYGCLO-M New York Giants NFL Dog Cheerleader Outfit Medium 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.
KESS InHouse Pellerina Design Houndstooth color Block Multicolor Contemporary Dog Bed, 50 x 40 Black HSDDA Dog Outdoor Leash Pet leash, leath hyena, leash, durable dog chain, 120cm×1.5cm, red Walking Leash (color Black)
- A Pet Stair Dog Stairs Detachable Teddy VIP Nest Mattress Three Stairs Pink bluee (color A)
- Bubble Magus BM-C3.5 Predein Skimmer
- KESS InHouse Julia Grifol My Butterflies and Flowers in Brown Rainbow Floral Feeding Mat for Pet Bowl, 18 by 13Inch
- Mayatex Wool Felt Foam Contour Pad, Tan
- Penn Plax PP37105 Stainless Steel Thermometer by PennPlax
- Petzhu Pet Backpack Out Shoulder Bag Dog Strap Bag Portable Large Size Small Chest Dog Bag Cat Bag Xl (Recommended 1015 Kg), Xl
- Ryan Pet Backpack, Cat Dog Backpack Pet Carrier Front Handbag Soft Sided Travel Bag(16 Inch,42cm 22cm 26cm) (color orange)
- Green Pet Multi-Function Outdoor Sports Training Dog Walking Leash Running, Small for Large Dogs,Green
- GE Shear-Entree GE4251 75 11 Straight Entree Shear, 7.5
- Friskies Classic Pate Turkey & Giblets Dinner Canned Cat Food 24-5.5oz Cans
- D-ART COLLECTION Mahogany Trevor Pet Bed
- OmniPet Faux Crocodile Signature Leather Pet Collar with Spike and Stud Ornaments, Yellow, 1 by 24
- Red Genuine Leather Dog Harness Large. 30 -35 Chest size, 1.5 Wide Straps Pitbull, Cane Corso
- Van Ness Decorated Stainless Dish 24 oz
- C2G Cables to Go 43063250ft RG6Q Quad Shield Coax Cable
- Brown 3 Steps Dog Stairs to get on High Bed, Pet Ladder for Cats Dogs Up To 6.6lbs, 23.6x17.7x15.7
- Cookisn All Season Pet Dog Bed Detachable Puppy Cat House Star Paw Comfortable Pad Sofa Mat Coral Fleece Bed for Small Medium Large Dogs Navy XL
- Dog Clippers Cat Shaver, Clippers Detachable Blades Cordless USB Rechargeable for Cats and Dogs and Other Pets,Red
- Fortex Industries Inc B500 Corner Bucket Black 5 Gallon B500 BLACK
- Huayue Spring and Autumn New Dog Clothing Stripy Polo Shirt Pet Clothes TShirt (color White, Size L)
- KESS InHouse NL Designs Water Dragon bluee White Dog Bed, 30 x 40
- Midwest Homes for Pets 40248PLD Quiet Time Couture Ashton Bolster Pet Bed, XLarge Dog 48, Plum & White Diamond Pattern
- bluee S bluee S Dog Chest Back, pet Reflective Braided Leash Dog Chain Chest Strap pet Vest Chest Back pet Leash Dog Men and Women Pull Rope Chest Back pet Supplies (color bluee, Size S)
- Brown Intrepid International Fleece Extra Thick Western Saddle Pad
- Large 30\ Kess InHouse Sandy colorful Geometry Name Fleece Dog Bed, 30 by 40-Inch, Rainbow Tan
- Nylabone Nubz Natural Dog Chews, Treats for Large Dogs, 18 Count
- Pet stairs Dog Cat Steps for High Bed 3Step Ladder for Small Dogs Ramp Ladder Household Portable, Grey, 60 x 45 x 45cm
- RED MZALIANG Chongwucesuo Fencestyle pet toilet dog toilet urinal potty small dog easy to clean small dog Teddy golden Retriever (color bluee, Size M)