147th Kentucky Derby Horse Preview: Rock Your World

'Rock Your World' was foaled at Winter Quarter Farm in Fayette County


LOUISVILLE, Ky (WTVQ) – Trainer John Sadler is hoping the fifth time is the charm at the 147th Kentucky Derby. Sadler has won over 2500 races in his career, but has never Derby winner.  This year might be his best shot with “Rock Your World”.

The three year old is one of the favorites this year and is viewed as a bit of wildcard.
He’s 4-0 in his racing career including a wire-to-wire win at the Santa Anita Derby.
‘Rock Your World’ has also shown steady improvement in speed as well posting a 102 rating at Santa Anita; the highest of horse in this field.

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On top of that speed, Sadler believes Rock Your World’s experience racing on turf could be a big weapon ahead of Saturday’s race.

“You have some history with a couple of the Derby winners running on grass. I’m thinking Barbaro and I’m thinking Animal Kingdom, but I think this horse probably the thinking is he can run on any surface.”

As we saw at Santa Anita, Sadler believes its his horse’s speed that sets him apart.

“He’s got a high cruising speed and can carry it a classic distance.”

If you’re trying to pigeon hole ‘Rock Your World’ into a certain “type”, Sadler says good luck.

“He has a ‘he doesn’t have to have the lead type’ but ‘he doesn’t have to be way back type’. So he can get a position and sustain it for a classic distance.”

If Rock Your World can pull off the win Saturday, he’ll become just the 11th Santa Anita Derby to win a Kentucky Derby. And the first since Justify in 2018.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com