The greatest two minutes in sports is almost upon us. Here is a quick look at the post positions, morning line, and overview according to this dummy.
1 Vicar’s In Trouble 30-1 – Rosie Napravnik in the irons and facing a big challenge breaking from the inside post- has a lot of heart but not enough here
2 Harry’s Holiday 50-1 – Finished poorly in Bluegrass Stakes and looks to be in over his head but has one win beneath the twin spires
3 Uncle Sigh 30-1 – Running for a great cause in Wounded Warrior Stable but not likely to be happy, happy, happy at the end
4 Danza 10-1 – Two wins and two thirds in four career starts for longshot winner of Arkansas Derby. If pace is hot watch him running late.
5 California Chrome 5-2 – The one to beat for sure. If he gets the trip, the 52 year drought for California-breds will be over.
6 Samraat 15-1 – Five wins and a second in six starts but under the radar. Has the guts but maybe not the talent here.
7 We Miss Artie 50-1 – Big longshot and understandably so. Win in Spiral Stakes was nice but will live up to his moniker at the wire
8 General a Rod 15-1 – Ran well in Florida and is one of those guys that is there at the end. Definitely worth a play and his grandpappy (Fusaichi Pegasus 2000) did it.
9 Vinceremos 30-1 – Dad (Pioneer of the Nile) and granddad (Empire Maker) were Derby disappointments as will be he.
10 Wildcat Red 15-1 – Seven starts four wins and three seconds tells us he is a competitor. Will likely be at the front and he has a puncher’s chance
11 Hoppertunity 6-1 – Did not start at two but has been battle tested at three. Jockey Mike Smith knows how to win on the big stage.
12 Dance With Fate 20-1 –Two wins and a second in three starts this year but better suited for turf. Not likely to be cutting a rug here
13 Chitu 20-1 – Lightly raced but has three wins and a second in four starts. Shoe issues cast a cloud, but he has ran impressively.
14 Medal Count 20-1 – Trainer Dale Romans is a hometown guy that has been known to pull upsets at Churchill, but this will be tough.
15 Tapiture 15-1 – One of those middle of the road colts that could be there at the end. Has run three times at Churchill before (1 win 2 thirds)
16 Intense Holiday 12-1 – Might be trainer Todd Pletcher’s best chance. Has been in the money (1-1-1) every start this year.
17 Commanding Curve 50-1 – Not much to command here. Has not won this year and will not curve to the winner’s circle.
18 Candy Boy 20-1 – Has the rider (Gary Stevens) and the kick to shake up the world. Has been training well and could get a piece of the pie
19 Ride On Curlin 15-1 – Jockey Calvin Borel can get it done but the outside post makes it tough. If he can squeeze over early can be there at the end
20 Wicked Strong 8-1 – Closing kick might be suited for the usual hot early pace. If he settles early and makes one run late, he can finish in the money