The 2017 Kentucky Derby trail has been filled with unexpected results, as was the case this past weekend when Irish War Cry and Gormley returned to the winner’s circle in the Wood Memorial and the Santa Anita Derby and Irap upset the Blue Grass.Brian and Matt also recap the stunning performance of Paradise Woods in the Santa Anita Oaks. The guys also preview the Arkansas Derby, which is the final 100-point qualifier.With less than a month to go until the First Saturday in May be sure to stay tuned to HorseCenter to prepare you for the big race. Final rankings, full field analysis, and wagering suggestions will be coming soon!
Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.The multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer and host and executive producer of his own nationally syndicated entertainment show HARRY, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live for more than 160,000 fans at the Kentucky Derby 2017 Live Stream. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.
“We are excited for Harry Connick, Jr. to perform our national anthem for the millions of Derby fans across the globe,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “He’s one of the finest entertainers in the world and his performance will help make 2017 another great year at the Kentucky Derby.”Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world. He has received recognition with multiple Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements on screens large and small, and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. The debut season of his new daytime TV Show HARRY was recently recognized with five Emmy nominations, including a nomination for best host.
Harry Connick Jr. is the ninth artist to perform the national anthem since Churchill Downs began the tradition in 2009. Past artists who performed the national anthem are Lady Antebellum (2016), Josh Groban (2015), Jo Dee Messina (2014), Martina McBride (2013), Mary J. Blige (2012), Jordin Sparks (2011), Rascal Flatts (2010) and LeeAnn Rimes (2009).
With a very strong performance in the Wood Memorial, Irish War Cry rebounded from his disappointing seventh place finish in the Fountain of Youth to reclaim his spot as one of the top 2017 Kentucky Derby contenders.
As the days rapidly pass and the 2017 Kentucky Derby prep races near completion, the recent winning streak of west coast horses in the Run for the Roses appears to be in jeopardy. There is clearly no Nyquist, American Pharoah, or California Chrome ready to dominate this year at Churchill Downs. Instead, the top contenders are based to the east of the Mississippi and many of them are part of the New York Contenders List.The New York Contenders List, which has included well over 30 horses, has been whittled down to just twelve horses. Heading into the final weekend of Derby preps, which includes the Arkansas Kentucky Derby and the wild card Lexington Stakes, it is still difficult to pinpoint the favorite on the first Saturday in May, but clearly it will not be a horse from the west.
Here is the final list of 12 Contenders [they all have a New York connection of some kind] with a quick look ahead to the Kentucky Derby. All of the usual career data for each horse follows this Top 12 analysis.
So what about this year? Might there be another Golden Soul or Commanding Curve lurking in the shadows? To that, I say yes, there very well might be. And he’s running Saturday in the Arkansas Derby.
In no way, shape, or form am I suggesting that Untrapped is on the same level as Irish War Cry, Always Dreaming, or any of the other top Kentucky Derby Live contenders. On paper, he’s a notch below the best, for sure. But on video, he reminds me a heck of a lot of some recent Derby bombers who snuck into the exotics at a price. Go watch the replays and see for yourself. To me, he looks like a not-terribly-fast horse who will be one of the few who is still running at the end of the Derby distance. He looks a lot like Golden Soul to me.
There is no shortage of question marks when it comes to his ability. And being a son of Trappe Shot, one has to wonder if he’s already surpasseKentuckd his preferred distance. I understand all of that. And I’m not suggesting I’m prepared to rush to the windows and throw down a pile of cash on him to win the Arkansas Derby much less the Kentucky Derby. But let’s keep a close eye on him this weekend. Maybe he’ll run an even, solid race en route to an honest 4th place finish and head to Louisville way, way, way below the radar at 40-1 or higher. In a race where 15 of the 20 runners are going to waive the white flag after a mile, having a longshot on your tickets who isn’t flashy but it always there may not be such a terrible thing. Let’s just hope he doesn’t win on Saturday.
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Or perhaps you’d rather box Irish War Cry, Always Dreaming, and McCraken so you can brag about hitting the Derby exacta. Knock yourself out.