“That was every morning at Churchill,” Pletcher told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s good that he’s feeling this good. We’re just trying to keep him healthy, and we don’t want him to make a mistake.”
There haven’t been any mistakes for the son of Bodemeister (2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up) since he started racing as a 3-year-old. The dark bay colt posted triple-digit Beyer speed figures in each of his last two races, the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, and appears to be peaking at the right time.
Here’s a look at his chances plus analysis on the nine horses who hope to beat him to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: Saturday, 6:45 p.m., NBC
No. 1 Multiplier (30-1 morning-line odds)
Owner: Gary Barber, et al
Fast horse barely beat Grade 3 competition last time out.
No. 2 Cloud Computing (12-1)
Owner: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Skipped the first leg of Triple Crown but has gotten worse each time he’s been asked to run longer: winless beyond six furlongs.
Derby field bottled him up but the Calumet Farm colt is trained by two-time Preakness Stakes-winner Steve Asmussen.
No. 4 Always Dreaming (4-5)
Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables, et al
The Kentucky Derby winner has won by two or more lengths in four straight races. The horse to beat.
No. 5 Classic Empire (3-1)
The Juvenile Champion of 2016 ran a strong race at Churchill Downs, overcoming a bad trip to finish fourth.
Owner: Peacock Racing Stables
Swung five wide in the Kentucky Derby and couldn’t recover. Closing style won’t work here.
One-run-style horse who never rises to the challenge.
No. 8 Senior Investment (30-1)
Owner: Fern Circle Stables
Won four of last five but has a class disadvantage.
No. 9 Lookin at Lee (10-1)
Owner: L and N Racing LLC
Closing style helped pick up the pieces in the Kentucky Derby but won’t help win here.
No. 10 Conquest Mo Money (15-1)
Owner: Judge Lanier Racing
Trainer: Miguel Hernandez
New shooter with the lone early speed in the field is primed to hit the board.