This Saturday’s race on May 1st, 2010 will mark the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. The heavily favored colt Eskendereya had to be scratched due to an injury suffered to his left front leg. In his place will be a philly named Devil May Care in the expected 20-horse field. Of the 39 fillies to compete in the famous 1 1/4 mile race, only three have ever brought home the roses: Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980), and Winning Colors (1988). The last to try was Eight Belles which ended in tragedy when she broke both front legs upon collapsing across then finish line (she finished 2nd). She then had to be euthanized.
Devil May Care began her career with two straight victories but did not fare well at the Santa Anita when she finished 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last November. However, according to usatoday.com, trainer Todd Pletcher thinks she still has a great shot at the $2 million dollar Kentucky Derby this Saturday, “She’s a strong filly. She’s got the right disposition and the right mechanics to fit.”
Later in the same day trainer Todd Pletcher had to announce the withdrawal of another one of his horses in Rule. It was his observation that Rule didn’t look as sharp as he once did. On another promising note though, owner’s of Noble’s Promise stated that he would definately run the Kentucky Derby after overcoming a lung infection, cuts and scrapes incurred at his fifth-place Arkansas Derby finish.
The probable favorite now in the Kentucky Derby, according to Churchill Down oddsmaker Mike Battaglia, is Lookin At Lucky. With Eskendereya out, Battaglia said Lookin At Lucky becomes the “solid favorite” for Saturday’s race, likely at 3-1. However, trainer Bob Baffert thinks Sidney’s Candy should be the favorite since Lookin At Lucky finished third behind Sidney’s Candy and Setsuko in the Santa Anita Derby.
Kentucky Derby Records:
Fastest time: 1:59:40 – Secretariat (1973)
Most Wins by a trainer – 6 – Ben A. Jones (last one in 1952)
Most Wins by a jockey – 5 – (tie) Eddie Arcaro, Bill Hartack
Longest shot to win – 92.40 – 1 – Donerail (1913)
Last year’s winner – Mine That Bird in 2:02:66
Kentucky Derby Fun Facts
- 12 Kentucky Derby winners have sired other Kentucky Derby winners, with Bold Venture actually siring two
- There has never been a winner to come out of post position #15
- The Kentucky Derby trophy is made of 56 ounces of 14 and 18 carat gold, and is two feet tall
- Churchill Downs opened on May 17, 1875 and the very first race was won by a horse named Bonaventure
- The phrase “Run for the Roses” was coined by New York sports columnist Bill Corum, who would later become president of Churchill Downs
- In 1969, Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby
- The Derby was nationally telecast for the first time on May 3, 1952 on a CBS affiliate
2010 Kentucky Derby ContenderFan Favorites
A neat website where fans are allowed to vote for who they think is going to win the Kentucky Derby is horseracingnation.com. It is updated every 30 minutes. As of 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 27th, the top 10 favorites were:
1. Lookin At Lucky
2. Sidney’s Candy
4. Awesome Act
5. Ice Box
6. Super Saver
8. Stately Victor
9. Mission Impazible
10. American Lion
Admittedly, half the fun of the Kentucky Derby is learning some of the most crazy names that are given to these horses. Personally, my favorite named horse on this web site sits at #16 position in Backtalk.