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Justify draws number seven for Kentucky Derby

03 May 2018

Todd Pletcher, Lukas' onetime protege' who is on the verge of breaking his mentor's record of 48 Derby starters, said: "The Derby is always better when Wayne's in it". Solomini drew Post 17 and was labeled a 30-1 shot on the morning line.

Justify is 3-0 in his brief career, winning by a combined 19 lengths. If Mendelssohn can pull off a victory at Churchill Downs, it would be the first European trained horse to win the big race.

Mendelssohn (5-1) is another heavy favorite that most recently stormed to a monster win at the UAE Derby on March 31. "You'll see some dump trucks that were replaced for security measures", Lt. Jill Hume said. In the Kentucky Derby, Audible is going to have to overcome more in a larger field and I don't think he can do that.

The 52-year-old resides in Louisville with her husband Frank Brothers, a bloodstock agent and retired trainer.

Magnum Moon, the 6-1 third choice, also is unbeaten and didn't run as a 2-year-old.

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"Curses are meant to be broken", Tugel told the Sharon Herald.

"I already knew that I had to keep it professional", Brothers said. The total purse, with 20 horses starting, is $2,192,000 with $1,432,000 to the victor.

Justify drew the No. 7 post for the race, while Mendelssohn has been assigned the No. 14 post. Mott was the youngest trainer ever inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame and held the record for most wins by a trainer at Churchill Downs until Dale Romans edged past him previous year.

"I work hard at it".

"They are a little competitive, so they get to bet on their horse with play money, we use play money, 'prestige bucks, '" director of operations Yvonne Sturrock says.

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"You've got Calumet Farm, and it would be something to put them back out", Lukas added.

After a successful run in the quarterhorse ranks, Baffert switched to thoroughbreds.

The farm stands 22 sires and has about 100 horses in training at any one time.

"After 25 years, I'm finally getting horses that I don't have to buy", he said. "I'm a big fan of the brand". His jockey will be wearing the famed "Pharoah Colors" of Zayat Stables, the illustrious turquoise and gold silks worn by American Pharoah. Since Andrew Beyer debuted his speed figures 26 years ago, 24 Derby winners earned a Beyer figure of at least 95 or better before the first leg of the Triple Crown. While these recipes are flawless for your Derby Day party, they also add a taste of the South to your dinner table or party spread any time of the year.

"That's a good spot", Baffert said.

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In addition to Justify, Baffert also has Solomini in the field. "The track was really deep that morning, and he went around there effortlessly". Noble Indy, Lone Sailor and Bravazo all last ran at the Fair Grounds before Saturday's race.

Justify draws number seven for Kentucky Derby