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MORRY GASH AP Mike Smith rides Justify to victory during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Mike Smith rides Justify to victory during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Well-respected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young sat down for a Q&A session with TDN Senior Editor Steve Sherack to discuss all things GI Kentucky Derby.

Contreras will make just his second appearance in the opening leg of American racing's Triple Crown when Bravazo breaks from the No. 13 post Saturday at Churchill Downs. On May 16, 1882, Hurd, then 15, after first racing at 13 for a former Maryland governor, Oden Bowie, became one of 11 African-American jockeys to win 15 Kentucky Derbies between 1875 and 1902. Now I know things are different there on that day. And adding a broadcast camera closer to the backstretch wouldn't be feasible, given the thousands of spectators who crowd the infield at Churchill Downs.

"Obviously the next time it's going to be a far tougher question, there's no doubt about that, but we're very happy with what he's done and I still feel he will get better", Moore said last month in Dubai. Whether you are a horse expert or betting for fun, there is plenty of action to go around while you sip on a mint julep. "All of a sudden, you have good horses and you're there".

To the winners go the spoils Justify's owners along with trainer Bob Baffert left and jockey Mike Smith celebrate
JOHN MINCHILLO AP To the winners go the spoils Justify's owners along with trainer Bob Baffert left and jockey Mike Smith celebrate

Q: Observing these horses in the morning, what signs do you look for leading up to the Derby?

The first was the incomparable Northern Dancer in 1964. He closed out previous year by hitting the superfecta in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The 57-year-old Casse, an IN native, has left an indelible mark on Canadian racing. The trainer is 0 for 5 at the Derby, the biggest victory to elude him. He was born and bred in Kentucky whose sire, Scat Daddy, was a Kentucky Derby runner.

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That kind of intuition is what separates Baffert from his rivals, fellow Hall of Famer trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. Lukas raised eyebrows when he gave Contreras the Derby mount ahead of more widely known jockeys. That should certainly make the race much more fun to watch this evening, but for folks trying to make a little money on the race, good luck. Settling behind a hot pace, Vino Rosso covered more ground than any other horse in the race, while Enticed tracked that hot pace in 2nd, experienced some bumping, and still ran on. I love the service so why not put something down on him! I haven't been on horseback in almost 30 years.

Testing his endurance over a distance of almost 1.2 miles and for the first time on dirt, jockey Ryan Moore guided Mendelssohn to a huge victory at last month's $2 million UAE Derby at the Dubai World Cup, winning by 18 lengths. That starts Friday with a handful of graded stakes races, headlined by the 2018 $1 million Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies. Stevens returned in the saddle for the US$1-million Louisiana Derby on March 24 but Bravazo finished a distant eighth.

Rain is in the forecast for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

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"I'm looking for a big effort from her", Cox said of Monomoy Girl. There's not a doubt that trainer Chad Brown will win this prestigious race one day, but I'll be using his charge Saturday underneath in exotics.

"It's fun to dress up, then cheer for a horse because of its silly name or the colorful silk of the jockey", Sarah Solsvig said. But Thunder Snow has proven to be an outstanding racehorse, and I'm going to write off his bucking-bronco episode of 2017 to a sloppy track and being tucked near the inside of a 20-horse cavalry charge. "The key is be confident _ not over-confident _ with everything to do with the horse". It would be something we couldn't really dream of, to win this race.

"It's the first time he's been in front today and he's still a horse that's learning, so he was still a bit green in places", said Moore, who is skipping the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, England to ride in Kentucky.

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