Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) and the top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Odds 2017 (G1), jogged twice around the main track next to a lead pony Sunday morning after the renovation break.The track had been sealed for the first part of training Sunday but was opened when morning rains did not materialize.
After 9 a.m. ET, Girvin made his first appearance on the main track with Rosie Napravnik aboard after having trained the previous day on the all-weather training track.
“As long as the main track is good, we will train on it,” said trainer Joe Sharp, who had brought Girvin to Keeneland from the Trackside Training Center in Louisville to avoid potential sloppy track conditions from inclement weather that was forecast.
Sharp said he plans to work Girvin on Keeneland’s main track Monday at 8:30 a.m.Silverton Hill LLC’s Meantime showed Saturday he could become a prime-time player for trainer Brian Lynch when he broke his maiden by 7½ widening lengths in Keeneland’s sixth race at 1 1/8 miles.
“He sure looked good yesterday,” Lynch said about the 3-year-old Shackleford colt, who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason.
In his debut going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park, Meantime Kentucky Derby
finished second at 53-1 odds to eventual Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Patch. In his next start at 7 furlongs, he was third behind Time to Travel, who finished fourth in last weekend’s Stonestreet Lexington (G3) here.
“There was a mile and a sixteenth race that didn’t fill and seven-eighths is not his cup of tea, but I wanted to get a race in him before coming here,” Lynch said. “I was very happy with his performance.”
Lynch plans to keep Meantime at Keeneland for the next couple of weeks and then head to Belmont Park.“He could be anything and we’ll see how the year progresses,” Lynch said. “We will look for an allowance at Belmont and then after that, who knows? Maybe a mile and a half Belmont Weekend.”
Silverton Hill purchased Meantime for $230,000 at Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale.
Trainer Brendan Walsh picked up his third victory of the Keeneland Spring Meet on Saturday afternoon when Qatar Racing, Marc Detample and Crystal Lane Racing’s Shelbysmile won the fifth race.
Four hours later, he watched American Equistock’s Multiplier win the $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) in suburban Chicago.“A 5-year-old could have saddled him,” Walsh said about Multiplier. “I didn’t need to be there. He could have saddled himself.”
Multiplier, who broke his maiden in his third start at Fair Grounds March 18, had three works at Keeneland prior to his Illinois Derby victory.
“I’m not sure what we will do next,” Walsh said Sunday morning.
“Obviously, the Preakness (G1) is what everybody was asking about last night. We will see. I think he will be a grand horse for the derbies this year.”
Walsh also said that Lee Mauberret’s Wicked Lick, runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in her most recent start, would be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 5 at Churchill Downs.Shane Borel is as close to being a jockey as possible without getting on a horse.
Borel is a valet (pronounced “vall-ett”), who helps trainers saddle their horses before each race and cares for jockeys’ gear. Valets are employed by 2017 Kentucky Derby Odds
Keeneland and earn bonuses directly from the jockeys based on their winnings.A Keeneland valet since 2002, Borel (left) has Brian Hernandez Jr., Corey Lanerie and Jose Ortiz in his care. His best-known client is his uncle Calvin Borel, the Hall of Famer and three-time Kentucky Derby (G1) winner.
“My corner of the jockey’s room is pretty strong,” he said.On race days, Borel arrives at the Jockeys Quarters around 9 a.m. to prepare for the day. His tasks include polishing his jockeys’ boots and organizing their tack and other equipment.Borel and the other valets, who wear Keeneland green polo shirts and khaki pants, carry saddles and related items to the Paddock to meet trainers before each race. After the valet places the saddle on the horse’s back from the right side, the trainer tightens the girth from the left. For a more secure fit, the valet can snug the girth even more from the right. The valet and trainer then wrap another girth over the saddle. After the race, the jockey unsaddles his mount and hands the saddle to the valet, who carries it back to the Jockeys Quarters.
“Our first responsibility is to do our jobs – saddling the horses – for the track,” he said. “Our No. 1 responsibility is to work for the track because without getting hired to (help) saddle the horses, we cannot be in the Jockeys Quarters to work for the riders.”
Borel certainly knows his way around the track. He grew up in the racing-rich region of Southern Louisiana, where his father, Carol, and mother, Diane, worked hands-on with the horses they raced.
Prior to becoming a valet, he spent 26 years as an exercise rider at Louisiana Downs in the northern part of the state and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas before landing in Kentucky in 1994. Now as a valet at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, he is as involved in racing as ever.We are just two weeks out from the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. While there is plenty of time left to mix the mint juleps and buy your seersuckers and summer gowns, the lead-up to this year’s Run for the Roses has been a crazy path with a number of horses making a play to get into the Derby field.
Before they draw post positions on May 3, here’s an early read on where to put your futures wagers heading into the 143rd Kentucky Derby, thanks to our friends at SportsBookReview.com.A vast majority of SBR’s trusted betting sites have last year’s 2-year-old champion male as the pick to be favored heading into Derby Day. The horse took wins at both the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita early in the year.
But his 3-year-old coming-out party was a bust with a third-place finish behind Irish War Cry and Gunnevera at the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream.This Mark Casse-trained colt earned bettors’ trust with a win at the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn over a distance of 1 1/8 miles, which dropped his odds from 12-1 value pick to favorite in Louisville. Easily the most accomplished horse in the field and bred to go the Churchill Downs distance, the big question Kentucky Derby Live with this horse is can it avoid the huge ups and downs of its early season and show the stunning closing speed he showed at Oaklawn?
Knowing how the best laid plans of mice, men and 3-year-old colts can go awry, putting together a plan to get a young horse through a 2-year-old season and then a demanding prep season is filled with pitfalls.
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It’s a fine balancing act in making sure a horse has just the right number of races under its saddle and is able to deliver a peak performance on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.
That body of work comes in two important parts. One involves races at 3 and the other takes into consideration how many starts that horse has made in its career.
To put those Kentucky Derby 2017 Live numbers in perspective for the horses that will start in the Derby on May 6, let’s take a look at the 17 editions of the Kentucky Derby going back to 2000 to see how many steps each of those winners needed to reach the winner’s circle after the opening leg of the Triple Crown.
In terms of races at 3, there’s little surprise about the number of preps each winner logged.
Among the 17 winners since 2000, the Derby marked their third race at 3 for eight of them. Five were made their fourth start and four raced for the fifth time.
Yet what stands out most in those numbers involves what has happened in the last decade. In eight of the last 10 years, the Kentucky Derby winner was making his third start at 3. Clearly, two preps and then a trip to Churchill Downs has been the preferred route to success on Derby Day.
That 80 percent winning percentage is certainly good news for Derby candidates such as Classic Empire, McCraken, Battalion Runner and Practical Joke who fit that model with only two starts at 3 prior to the run for the roses.
Where the numbers jump around more involves the number of career starts. In that regard, the core numbers are horses who made their sixth, seventh or eighth career start in the Derby.
Of the 17 winners, horses making their sixth (four), seventh (four) and eighth (fifth) career start have emerged triumphant 13 times.
At the other end of the scale, lightly raced horses have the odds stacked against them. Only one Derby winner started for the fourth time and one more was heading to the post for the fifth time.
A heavy workload has also worked against Derby hopefuls. Since 2000, only one horse starting for the ninth time won the Derby, while the 10th time came up empty and the 11th time had one winner.Putting it all together, the numbers say that a horse making its third start at 3 and eighth start overall would be the most likely winner of the Derby.As random as that might seem, those numbers fit the profile of last year’s Kentucky Derby Odds 2017 winner, Nyquist.