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Horse:

SLEEPY EYES TODD
Jockey:
JOSE ORTIZ
1
BETMIX SCORE:
58
1/ST BET WIN %:
3%
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-5-1-2
CAREER:
15 Starts 8W – 2P – 0S
EARNINGS:
$744,825
Pedigree:
Sire: Paddy O’Prado Dam: Pledge Mom / TB, GR/RO, H, FOALED FEBRUARY 3, 2016
OWNER:
Thumbs Up Racing LLC
TRAINER:
Miguel Silva
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SLEEPY EYES TODD

SLEEPY EYES TODD

Horse:

COASTAL DEFENSE
Jockey:
Corey Lanerie
2
BETMIX SCORE:
23
1/ST BET WIN %:
3%
LAST 5 Races:
4-4-1-2-2
CAREER:
9 Starts 2W – 2P – 0S
EARNINGS:
$155,266
Pedigree:
Sire: Curlin Dam: Trensa / TB, CH, H, FOALED MAY 7, 2016
OWNER:
Albaugh Family Stables & Helen Groves Revocable Trust
TRAINER:
Dale Romans
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COASTAL DEFENSE

COASTAL DEFENSE

Horse:

INDEPENDENCE HALL
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
3
BETMIX SCORE:
23
1/ST BET WIN %:
3%
LAST 5 Races:
5-1-5-2-1
CAREER:
7 Starts 4W – 1P – 1S
EARNINGS:
$316,600
Pedigree:
Sire: Constitution Dam: Kalahari Cat / TB, DK B/, C, FOALED APRIL 17, 2017
OWNER:
Winstar Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, RKV Racing
TRAINER:
Mike “Whitey” McCarthy
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INDEPENDENCE HALL

INDEPENDENCE HALL

Horse:

KNICKS GO
Jockey:
JOEL ROSARIO
4
BETMIX SCORE:
100
1/ST BET WIN %:
32%
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-1-10-2
CAREER:
17 Starts 5W – 3P – 1S
EARNINGS:
$1,348,995
Pedigree:
Sire: Paynter Dam: Kosmo’s Buddy / TB, GR/RO, H, FOALED JANUARY 29, 2016
OWNER:
Korea Racing Authority
TRAINER:
Brad Cox
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KNICKS GO

KNICKS GO

Horse:

JESUS’ TEAM
Jockey:
IRAD ORTIZ JR.
5
BETMIX SCORE:
77
1/ST BET WIN %:
5%
LAST 5 Races:
1-2-3-3-2
CAREER:
13 Starts 3 W - 4 P - 3 S
EARNINGS:
$518,540
Pedigree:
Sire: Tapiture Dam: Golden Memories / TB, B, C / FOALED APRIL 22, 2017
OWNER:
Grupo 7C Racing Stable
TRAINER:
Jose Francisco D’Angelo
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JESUS’ TEAM

JESUS’ TEAM

Horse:

KISS TODAY GOODBYE
Jockey:
MIKE SMITH
6
BETMIX SCORE:
61
1/ST BET WIN %:
3%
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-4-5-3
CAREER:
11 Starts 3W –0P – 3S
EARNINGS:
$230,802
Pedigree:
Sire: Cairo Prince Dam: Savvy Hester / TB, DK B/, C, FOALED APRIL 18, 2017
OWNER:
John Sondereker
TRAINER:
Eric Kruljac
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KISS TODAY GOODBYE

KISS TODAY GOODBYE

Horse:

TAX
Jockey:
LUIS SAEZ
7
BETMIX SCORE:
96
1/ST BET WIN %:
16%
LAST 5 Races:
1-5-9-2-7
CAREER:
13 Starts 4W – 3P – 1S
EARNINGS:
$957,060
Pedigree:
Sire: Arch Dam: Toll / TB, DK B/, G, FOALED APRIL 20, 2016
OWNER:
R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Hugh Lynch
TRAINER:
Danny Gargan
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TAX

TAX

Horse:

HARPERS FIRST RIDE
Jockey:
ANGEL CRUZ
8
BETMIX SCORE:
90
1/ST BET WIN %:
11%
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-2-1-1
CAREER:
17 Starts 10W – 2P – 1S
EARNINGS:
$573,055
Pedigree:
Sire: Paynter Dam: Polyester / TB, DK B/, G, FOALED APRIL 6, 2016
OWNER:
MCA Racing Stable LLC
TRAINER:
Claudio Gonzalez
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HARPERS FIRST RIDE

HARPERS FIRST RIDE

Horse:

LAST JUDGMENT
Jockey:
Pascacio Lopez
9
BETMIX SCORE:
58
1/ST BET WIN %:
5%
LAST 5 Races:
1-8-1-5-1
CAREER:
14 Starts 6W – 0P – 1S
EARNINGS:
$273,365
Pedigree:
Sire: Congrats Dam: Fantasy Forest / TB, B, G, FOALED MARCH 30, 2016
OWNER:
Michael Dubb, Steve Hornstock, Bethlehem Stables
TRAINER:
Mike Maker
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LAST JUDGMENT

LAST JUDGMENT

Horse:

CODE OF HONOR
Jockey:
TYLER GAFFALIONE
10
BETMIX SCORE:
32
1/ST BET WIN %:
11%
LAST 5 Races:
2-2-4-3-1
CAREER:
15 Starts - 6 W - 4 P - 2 S
EARNINGS:
$2.4 M
Pedigree:
Sire: Noble Mission Dam: Reunited / TB, CH, H / FOALED MAY 23, 2016
OWNER:
W.S. Farish
TRAINER:
Shug McGaughey
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CODE OF HONOR

CODE OF HONOR

Horse:

MR FREEZE
Jockey:
JOHN R. VELAZQUEZ
11
BETMIX SCORE:
26
1/ST BET WIN %:
3%
LAST 5 Races:
5-6-1-6-6
CAREER:
18 Starts 6W – 4P – 2S
EARNINGS:
$1,595,600
Pedigree:
Sire: To Honor and Serve Dam: Heavenly Cat / TB, CH, H, FOALED MARCH 9, 2015
OWNER:
Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister
TRAINER:
Dale Romans
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MR FREEZE

MR FREEZE

Horse:

MATH WIZARD
Jockey:
Edgard J. Zayas
12
BETMIX SCORE:
19
1/ST BET WIN %:
3%
LAST 5 Races:
4-5-5-2-5
CAREER:
20 Starts 3W – 3P – 3S
EARNINGS:
$1,139,440
Pedigree:
Sire: Algorithms Dam: Minister’s Baby / TB, CH, H, FOALED MAY 4, 2016
OWNER:
John Fanelli, Khalid Mishref, Cash Is King LLC, LC Racing, Collarmele Vitelli Stables, Ionnis Zoumas and Bassett Stables
TRAINER:
Saffie A. Joseph Jr.
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MATH WIZARD

MATH WIZARD

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Horse:

BOURBONIC
Jockey:
Kendrick Carmouche
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
1-2-1-1-11
CAREER:
6: 3-1-1
EARNINGS:
$465,880
Pedigree:
BERNARDINI-DANCING AFLEET BY AFLEET ALEX / DARK BAY OR BROWN / 3YO
OWNER:
Calumet Farm
TRAINER:
Todd Pletcher
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Biggest upset winner of the 2021 Triple Crown prep trail, the 72-1 shocker he pulled in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct was the largest in the history of New York's most important prep. Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher saddles this son of Preakness winner Bernardini for historic Calumet Farm. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche will become the first African-American jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby since 2013 and could become the first to wear the roses since Jimmy Winkfield's back-to-back victories in 1901-1902.

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BOURBONIC

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Horse:

MIDNIGHT BOURBON
Jockey:
Joe Talamo
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
2-3-1-3-2
CAREER:
7: 2-2-3
EARNINGS:
$461,420
Pedigree:
TIZNOW-CATCH THE MOON BY MALIBU MOON / BAY / 3YO
OWNER:
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
TRAINER:
Steve Asmussen
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Louisiana Derby
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Consistent member of the Fair Grounds' sophomore series, he won the Lecomte, finished third in the Risen Star and was runner-up in the Louisiana Derby, never defeated more than 2 lengths in those races. The son of Tiznow is bred for distance and was runner-up at Churchill Downs last September on Derby Day in the Iroquois Stakes. Trainer Steve Asmussen ranks #2 all-time in Thoroughbred victories in North America and seeks his first Kentucky Derby.

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MIDNIGHT BOURBON

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Horse:

SUPER STOCK
Jockey:
Ricardo Santana Jr.
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
1-4-2-3-3
CAREER:
8: 2-2-2
EARNINGS:
$804,762
Pedigree:
DIALED IN-SUPER GIRLIE BY CLOSING ARGUMENT / BAY / 3YO
OWNER:
Erv Woolsey & Keith Asmussen
TRAINER:
Steve Asmussen
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12-1 upset winner of the Arkansas Derby, he rallied to catch the dueling pair of Caddo River and Concert Tour in Oaklawn's signature race. He finished third to likely Kentucky Derby favorite in last year's Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and has never finished worse than fourth on dirt. Trainer Steve Amussen, a Preakness and Belmont winner, has the second most victories in North American Thoroughbred history, but has yet to win the Kentucky Derby.

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SUPER STOCK

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Horse:

HOT ROD CHARLIE
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
1-3-2-1-5
CAREER:
7: 2-1-2
EARNINGS:
$1,005,700
Pedigree:
OXBOW-INDIAN MISS BY INDIAN CHARLIE / DARK BAY OR BROWN / 3YO
OWNER:
Road Runner Racing, Boat Racing & Bill Strauss
TRAINER:
Doug O'Neill
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The Santa Anita-based colt has proven to be a road warrior, winning March's Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds and finishing second at Keeneland in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He is just 1 length away from being undefeated on dirt in races at a mile or longer, dropping a narrow decision in the Robert Lewis Memorial behind Medina Spirit. Trainer Doug O'Neill is a 2-time Kentucky Derby winner with I'll Have Another (2012) and Nyquist (2016).

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HOT ROD CHARLIE

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Horse:

SOUP AND SANDWICH
Jockey:
TYLER GAFFALIONE
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
2-1-1
CAREER:
3: 2-1-0
EARNINGS:
$203,875
Pedigree:
INTO MISCHIEF-SOUPER SCOOP BY TAPIT / GRAY OR ROAN / 3YO
OWNER:
LIVE OAK PLANTATION
TRAINER:
MARK CASSE
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FEB 24 TAMPA BAY DOWNS ALLOWANCE
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12-1 runner-up to Known Agenda in the Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The previously undefeated colt won his 2 initial starts by 10 combined lengths, adding a Tampa Bay Downs allowance route to his debut sprint win against fellow Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Casse won two-thirds of the 2019 Triple Crown with Preakness winner War of Will and Belmont upsetter Sir Winston, but has yet to win a Kentucky Derby. Sire Into Mischief was repsonsible for last year's Kentucky Derby champ Authentic.

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SOUP AND SANDWICH

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Horse:

MEDINA SPIRIT
Jockey:
John Velazquez
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
2-2-1-2-1
CAREER:
5: 2-3-0
EARNINGS:
$315,200
Pedigree:
PROTONICO-MONGOLIAN CHANGA BY BRILLIANT SPEED / DARK BAY OR BROWN / 3YO
OWNER:
Zedan Racing Stables Inc.
TRAINER:
Bob Baffert
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Robert Lewis Stakes
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Consistent, top-2 finisher across Santa Anita's Robert B. Lewis Stakes, San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby, he could give trainer Bob Baffert a record-setting seventh Kentucky Derby winner. Baffert and jockey John Velazquez seek back-to-back Kentucky Derby scores after winning last year teamed with Authentic. The $35,000 bargain purchase has earned nearly 10 times that back to date.

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MEDINA SPIRIT

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ESSENTIAL QUALITY
Jockey:
Luis Saez
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-1-1-1
CAREER:
5: 5-0-0
EARNINGS:
$2,265,144
Pedigree:
TAPIT-DELIGHTFUL QUALITY BY ELUSIVE QUALITY / GRAY OR ROAN / 3YO
OWNER:
Godolphin Racing
TRAINER:
Brad Cox
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Blue Grass Stakes
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The undefeated 2-year-old champion of 2020 has been as sterling at 3 as he was during his Breeders' Cup Juvenile-winning run last autumn. He stabled in New Orleans at Fair Grounds, but traveled to Oaklawn to win the Southwest and to Keeneland in Kentucky to score the Blue Grass. While no horse has swept the Blue Grass and Kentucky Derby since 1991 (Strike the Gold), last year's champion trainer Brad Cox is playing a very formidable hand.

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Horse:

KNOWN AGENDA
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz Jr.
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-5-3-1
CAREER:
6: 3-1-1
EARNINGS:
$541,700
Pedigree:
CURLIN-BYARAMA (GB) by BYRON (GB) / CHESTNUT / 3YO
OWNER:
St. Elias Stable
TRAINER:
Todd Pletcher
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Curlin Florida Derby
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Gulfstream Park's Florida Derby winner turned the corner on his season in late February with a smashing, 11-length allowance win. Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher was down this victorious path in 2017 with Always Dreaming for some of the same owners, which includes Vincent Viola, owner of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers.

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Horse:

ROCK YOUR WORLD
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
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BETMIX SCORE:
TBD
1/ST BET WIN %:
TBD
LAST 5 Races:
1-1-1
CAREER:
3: 3-0-0
EARNINGS:
$546,600
Pedigree:
CANDY RIDE-CHARM THE MAKER BY EMPIRE MAKER / DARK BAY OR BROWN / 3YO
OWNER:
Hronis Racing & David Michael Talla
TRAINER:
John Sadler
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RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby
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The wire-to-wire Santa Anita Derby winner has never been defeated. He made a smashing dirt debut April 3 while stretching out beyond a mile for the first time. Rock Your World's sire Candy Ride is renowned for his versatility, and this colt has that. He did not debut until Jan. 1, and only Justify (2018) in more than a century has won the Kentucky Derby without racing as a 2-year-old.

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