Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kentucky Derby 2018: Still more changes to the list of Derby Hopefuls

Here's the new order after some trainers informed the media their horses are off the trail:

   1.       Magnum Moon
   2.       Good Magic
   3.       Audible
   4.       Noble Indy
   5.       Vino Rosso
   6.       Bolt D’Oro
   7.       Enticed
   8.       Mendelssohn
   9.       Justify
   10.   Flameaway
   11.   Solomini
   12.   Bravazo
   13.   My Boy Jack
   14.   Promises Fulfilled
   15.   Free Drop Billy
   16.   Lone Sailor
   17.   Hofburg
   18.   Firenze Fire
   19.   Combatant
   20.   Instilled Regard
   21.   Blended Citizen
   22.   Dream Baby Dream
   23.   Restoring Hope
   24.   Sporting Chance
   25.   Greyvitos
   26.   Givemeaminut
   27.   Pony Up
   28.   Machismo

The biggest news here is the withdrawal of Gronkowski, who was IN the Derby due to European qualification but who suffered an injury during training then developed a fever after treatment.  So he's out, and Instilled Regard is in.  Blended Citizen now becomes the "next horse up" as Snapper Sinclair's trainer Steve Asmussen announced that he's taking a freshening and will be out of the Derby mix.  Also taking a break (and possibly pointing to the Preakness) is Reride.

I still think we have one or more horses whose connections take a look at it all and decide to forego racing on the First Saturday in May but you never know.

Right now we're still dealing with a heck of a field.


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