Kentucky Derby Starters : (April 27, 2015) Every running of the Kentucky Derby is super special in its own derby day way, but many observers are expecting an extraordinary show on the first Saturday in May of 2015 as an accomplished cast of Kentucky Derby Hopefuls assembles on the Churchill Downs grounds.
More than a century ago, one of the greatest upsets in Kentucky Derby history took place. In 1913, Donerail started the 1 1/4-mile first jewel of the Triple Crown as a monster longshot at 91/1 odds to win. The colt would shock the racing world and all his skeptics with a burst down the final sixteenth-mile for a half-length victory over the favored Ten Point. Our New York, Kentucky Derby team thinks we found another for Kentucky Derby 141 Live Explosive.
Dortmund, American Pharoah, Ocho Ocho Ocho, War Story, Carpe Diem, Mubtaahij, Freak of the Sheiks, Upstart, Firing Line, Curlin Kids, Bob Baffert, Al Maktoum, Bernardini has Gone West, Jockey Eddie Arcaro and trainer Sunny Jim Fitzimmons, Saratoga Springs, Rags to Riches and Mr. Prospector does Dubai.
1. Carpe Diem
Trainer: T. Pletcher
Derby Points: 164 | NY Speed: 111 | Probable Odds: 8-1
CARPE DIEM hasn't been as flashy as Bob Baffert's dynamic duo, but he could be approaching the Kentucky Derby perfectly positioned to give the best effort of his career. Having won the Tampa Bay Derby and the Blue Grass by daylight in his only starts of 2015, he could be ready for a breakout performance and third of the layoff in the 141st Kentucky Derby. The uncommonly handsome colt seems to possess all the tools. His recent Blue Grass was probably better than it might at first appear; he finished with energy and galloped out strongly. It'll be interesting to see which horse, Carpe Diem or Materiality, jockey John Velazquez chooses to ride on May 2, my guess is that he lands on this beauty, trained by Todd Pletcher, who has been traveling between Keeneland and Churchill to oversee his horses, Pletcher, said Carpe Diem has been thriving since the Toyota Blue Grass, “He’s continues to develop,” Pletcher said. “He’s really in a good place right now. He’s just very happy with himself, content, galloping well; his appetite’s good. Just all the indications you love to see leading up to a big race. He’s giving us all the right signs.” Carpe Diem, who has won four races in five starts and has earned $1,519,800, is the third-leading point earner among horses taking aim at the Kentucky Derby. Pletcher, who won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with WinStar’s Super Saver, said Carpe Diem likely would ship to Churchill on Monday, April 27. When you have a colt with a stride as long and fluid as his who has really done no wrong in any of his races in 2014-15, well yes you have a $1.6 million 2-year-old bargain. Carpe Diem is Latin meaning "Seize the Day" and people forget just how fast this colt really is, breaking his maiden on the front end in :21 4/5, :44 4/5, and 1:03 4/5 for 5 1/2 furlongs. He is out of the great Giant's Causeway sire line over the long winded stamina Unbridled on the mare side, so the longer the better for this bargain of a buy colt by the new WinStar-Stonestreet LLC ...If Carpe Diem breaks the Derby starting gate without any issues he is going to be very tough to beat and out of the RED, except for all those beautiful Red, Red roses around his neck.