The Road to Derby

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Derby 143 is upon us race fans.

Abel Tasman took the Oaks for trainer Bob Baffert, who doesn’t have a Derby horse this year, paying out a nice $20 and change with Mike Smith aboard in a ferocious rally to the finish line.

It’ll be an off track again tomorrow with more rain in the forecast which could open things up for any of the 20 horses in the field.

Todd Pletcher has the now-favorite in tomorrow’s race with Always Dreaming being bet down Friday…currently sitting at 4-1.

Pletcher also has the sentimental favorite in Patch coming from the outside at 20.

Not to mention Tapwrit.

So, with a trio of horses to prepare for the Run for the Roses, and 45 previous Derby starters to his name, how does Pletcher approach getting multiple contenders ready to run?

Blue Grass Stakes winner Irap could give trainer Doug O’Neill his third Derby victory in just five years.

O’Neill did it with Nyquist last year and I’ll Have Another in 2012.

To do it again, he’ll need a happy horse who loves the slop…a far cry from the happy horse who loves being cleaned.

J boys Echo isn’t turning heads or bringing the big bets at this point, but who knows on the first Saturday in May.

The weather and off track could open things up for any of the horses and trainer Dale Romans knows it.

Romans is confident his horse can do what it didn’t in the Toyota Blue Grass.

Hear from Pletcher, O’Neill and Romans in the video.

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