Just like a kid at Christmas waiting for gifts. You thought it would never get here, and now the day is upon. There has been a long and exciting road to the Derby, and I’m sure we’ll see quite a race. The track is beautifully manicured, the horses and connections are ready to bring their “A” game, and throngs of racing fans will show up in the finery of the day. There is only one question; are you ready? Have you downloaded your E-Z Win Forms? Are you ready to for a big day? If you answered yes to all of the above, just sit back and enjoy the races. If not, Winning Ponies is locked and loaded with the best data to make your day a winner. So what are ya’ waiting for? It’s almost post time!!
Race #11 -The (G-1) Kentucky Derby – 1 1/4 – 6:24 pm ET
#16 -Intense Holiday (12-1) =John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher, and these guys know each other well winning (27%) the past year. This son of Harlan’s Holiday is making his 9th career attempt, and he owns a late kick that can put out the lights. In 2014, he came back a matured runner who won the (G-2) Risen Star. He was a beaten favorite in the (G-2) Louisiana Derby, but his trip was anything but smooth sailing. With all of the early speed, he should make his presence felt at the top of the lane.
#5 – California Chrome (5-2) =Victor Espinoza is aboard the California-bred for Art Sherman. Espinoza won his Kentucky Derby aboard War Emblem in 2002, and he broke from the #5 post that day. There have been three California-breds to wear the roses, and the last being Decidedly in 1962. Art Sherman has never saddled a Derby runner, but in 1955 he rode in a train car with another California-bred runner by the name of Swaps. That has been 59-years-ago, and Sherman makes his first appearance. If he wins, he’ll be the 4th Cal-bred to win, and at 77-years-old, Sherman will become the oldest trainer to win the Kentucky Derby. “Chrome” has been the all the rage as he has exploded in 2014 to be undefeated. Sherman brings his runner across the country, and he likes his chances to put in a big effort.
#8 – General a Rod (15-1) = Joel Rosario gets the nod for the Mike Maker barn. This son of Roman Ruler sports a good turn of foot, and makes his third start off a layoff. The barn is very solid winning (26%), and they have teamed up to win (30%). He’ll be a major early pace player, and he if rates his speed he’ll be double dangerous.
Race #8 – The (G-2) – American Turf – 1 1/16 – 2:59 pm ET
#2 – Chief Barker – #5 – Global View- #7 – Big Bazinga – #8 -Storming Inti – #11 – Woodfield Springs
Race #9 – The (G-2) CD -7f – 3:46 pm ET
#2 – Clearly Now – #4 – Sahara Sky – #8 – Falling Sky – #10 – Delaunay – #11 – Shakin It Up
Race #10 – The (G-1) Turf Classic – 1 1/8 on the turf – 4:44 pm ET
#1 – Wise Dan
Race #11 – The (G-1) Kentucky Derby – 1 1/4 – 6:24 pm ET
#5 – California Chrome – #16 – Intense Holiday – #8 – General a Rod -
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The roses are in bloom, the “big board” can be seen from space, and Mother Nature will smile gently on Louisville, Kentucky. Winning Ponies has paid out over $2,852,458 in exotic payouts and the day looks bright ahead. Everything is in real time, the tier levels are chock-full of value, and all you need to do is download the data. We wish you the best in luck, and Winning Ponies continues to bring you the most effective information to make your day a winner!