Trainer Todd Pletcher will tie record of most horses in Derby

A sloppy track can make it hard to predict how the 3-year-old colts will handle the 1 1/4-mile distance.

In the Holy Bull Stakes, it was Irish War Cry that pulled off the upset win, with Gunnevera (+1200) placing second ahead of Classic Empire.

Trainer Graham Motion insisted he was unperturbed by Irish War Cry's 17th post - no horse has won the Derby from that slot.

Classic Empire trains on track prior to the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. William Hill US has a horse to win this year's race by a head or a neck at 5-1 and by a nose at 20-1.

This year's Kentucky Derby has a couple of leaders at the front of the pack and then several other horses that seem to be in a large group that are drawing some long odds.

He was talking about the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. So let's keep it simple with a statement we can all agree on: Fast horses beat slow horses. He was 30-1 to win as of Thursday, with that dropping to 16-1 on Friday morning due to Patch's burgeoning popularity.

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If you add Thomas along with DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead and the 49ers all of sudden have a formable defensive line. But the selection of Trubisky makes you wonder if Pace has faith in Glennon even living up to his contract.

The horse actually got his name before losing the eye after he got an ulcer when he was 2 that didn't respond to treatment. "I don't see any problems, '" Pletcher told the Lexington Herald-Leader this week outside his barn area. Besides the son of Pioneerof the Nile's impressive list of stakes victories, the champion 2-year-old male of 2016 also boasts a win in the slop at Churchill Downs in his May 4, 2016 debut. The entire purse for the Kentucky Oaks, the 11th race on the day, is $1 million, with the victor taking home the largest chunk, a $600,000 prize. That will tie him with mentor D. Wayne Lukas for most starters in Derby history at 48. He wins races everywhere. Lookin At Lee (Corey Lanerie named to ride) drew the rail, Untrapped (Ricardo Santana Jr.) post 4, Hence (Florent Geroux) post 8 and Sonneteer (Kent Desormeaux) post 12.

"My health is good and I feel like I'm in the middle of this career", the 51-year-old Asmussen said. Post position No. 1 once produced winners on a regular basis, but that has changed in an era when the field is regularly filled to the maximum capacity of 20 horses. Always Dreaming will break from the No. 5 post, which has produced nine Derby winners, most recently California Chrome in 2014. Lukas is a four-time Derby victor, but doesn't have a horse this year.

"There's a lot of parity".

"It's a big production, but for this event for us at NBC, it's about seeing everything that goes with the race, from behind-the-scenes work to the life stories of the jockeys and horses to actual race analysis", Olczyk said.

Classic Empire is the Breeders Cup Juvenile victor (as Nyquist was last year) but hasn't looked stunning in 2017.

Todd Pletcher was born into horse racing, working as a child with his father Jake, a trainer in the southwest. It's true that many future Hall of Famers got the blanket of red roses, but a number of others that were "right" at that time also were victorious, most notably Funny Cide, Giacomo and Mine That Bird. "The rest are bombers".

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