Jill Byrne introduces the 137th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks
Jill Byrne introduces the 137th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks

Jill Byrne introduces the 137th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks

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KENTUCKY DERBY 137

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Robert LaPenta’s G1 Florida Derby hero Dialed In (Mineshaft) and Repole Stable’s reigning Eclipse Award winner Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) are pegged at odds of 4-1 and 9-2, respectively, on Mike Battaglia’s morning line for Saturday’s 137th running of the G1 Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill Downs.

Post positions were drawn late Wednesday afternoon, and the once-beaten Dialed In was assigned post position number eight, with Julien Leparoux to ride. “We are very, very happy with that,” trainer Nick Zito told HRTV. “Owner Bob LaPenta asked me what post I’d like and I said 7 through 11, and we get 8, so I couldn’t ask for more, and we’re certainly happy with the post”, the two-time Derby winner commented.

Nick Zito is pleased with how the colt has settled in at Churchill. “It looks like he’s getting over the track very well and is getting better and better each day,” he offered. “I have a lot of confidence in this horse.”

Uncle Mo is, by owner Mike Repole’s own admission, 50-50 to make the race, and a final decision could come as late as Saturday morning, Repole said in a Tuesday email to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Assuming he goes postward, he will have to overcome the 18 hole, and, with several other on-pace types drawn inside of him, he will either need to be used to get forward enough, or ease back off the pace. In his five career starts, the most the bay colt has ever found himself off the lead is two lengths in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill last November.

“We’d like to get a position similar to what we had in the Juvenile,” trainer Todd Pletcher told HRTV. And as far as the draw? “The 18’s a little further out than I’d like, but it’s not that bad,” Pletcher insisted.

KENTUCKY DERBY 137

FINAL FIELD AND DRAWS

Draw

Horse

Sire

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1

ARCHARCHARCH

Arch

William H. Fires

Jon Court

10-1

2

BRILLIANT SPEED

Dynaformer

Tom Albertrani

Joel Rosario

30-1

3

TWICE THE APPEAL

Successful Appeal

Jeff Bonde

Calvin Borel

20-1

4

STAY THIRSTY

Bernardini

Todd Pletcher

Ramon Domiguez

20-1

5

DECISIVE MOMENT

With Distinction

Kerwin Clark

Juan Arias

30-1

6

COMMA TO THE TOP

Bwana Charlie

Peter Miller

Pat Valenzuela

30-1

7

PANTS ON FIRE

Jump Start

Kelly Breen

Rosie Napravnik

20-1

8

DIALED IN

Mineshaft

Nick Zito

Julien Leparoux

4-1

9

DERBY KITTEN

Kitten’s Joy

Mike Maker

Javier Castellano

30-1

10

TWINSPIRED

Harlan’s Holiday

Mike Maker

Mike Smith

30-1

11

MASTER OF HOUNDS

Kingmambo

Aidan O’Brien

Garrett Gomez

30-1

12

SANTIVA

Giant’s Causeway

Eddie Kenneally

Shaun Bridgmohan

30-1

13

MUCHO MACHO MAN

Macho Uno

Kathy Ritvo

Rajiv Maragh

12-1

14

SHACKLEFORD

Forestry

Dale Romans

Jesus Castanon

12-1

15

MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE

War Chant

Bob Baffert

Victor Espinoza

12-1

16

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Leroidesanimaux (Brz)

H. Graham Motion

Robby Albarado

30-1

17

SOLDAT

War Front

Kiaran McLaughlan

Alan Garcia

12-1

18

UNCLE MO

Indian Charlie

Todd Pletcher

John Velazquez

9-2

19

NEHRO

Mineshaft

Steve Asmussen

Corey Nakatani

6-1

20

WATCH ME GO

West Acre

Kathleen O’Connell

Rafael Bejarano

50-1

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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