Pletcher's Audible was the co-third choice at 6-1 with Mendelssohn on Friday.
"A curse is a curse until it's broken", said Joe Kristufek, Churchill Downs' lead racing analyst and unabashed Cubs fan.
Justify, who started racing as a three-year-old, is the current favorite to win Saturday's race after triumphing in three contests, including the Santa Anita Derby in April. "Even though he's vocal and cries out and calls to other horses, he's not coltish and doesn't draw or show".
"This is the best we've had him", Ruis said. "The time wasn't that fast, but just the way he did it".
You have to have a cable provider login or be a subscriber to take advantage of the live streaming options, though. "He's here fresh, rather than (having been) hard on him, if you know what I mean". "This is the goods". His trainer Bob Baffert has won the Derby four times.
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The mile and a quarter distance is also new territory for numerous horses in the race, so projecting how they'll fare could come down to their breeding and a little guesswork. The day kicks off at 2:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC, though the big, final race isn't until later in the evening (more details on the timing of this year's Kentucky Derby are below).
It has been over a century since a horse like the one owned by a local businessman from Springfield has a chance of winning the Kentucky Derby today. It may be hard to compare a foreign race with races the US based runners have run, but not so hard with Mendelssohn because when he came over from England last October and won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes, he earned a 109 Equibase Speed Figure which was identical to the figure Good Magic earned on dirt the same day winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Good Magic, last year's champion 2-year-old male and victor of this year's Blue Grass Stakes drew post 6.
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There is also a $25,000 fee to enter the race and another $25,000 fee to pay when the horse officially makes its start.
O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore are accomplished in Europe and have found success in Breeders Cup events, but they are both looking for their Kentucky Derby breakthrough.