Release The McCraken (Kentucky Jockey Club Preview)

McCraken Kentucky Jockey Club StakesIan Wilkes' McCraken is the favorite in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

One of the next races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is hosted by Churchill Downs this weekend. The Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes will be highlighted by 12 entrants looking for their fair share of the 10-4-2-1 point split that the race will offer those hoping to be in the gates when the 2017 Triple Crown Series begins. The favorite so far seems to be McCraken.

McCraken recently won the Street Sense, which covers a mile, in a time of 1:35.55 to bring his overall record to 2-0-0 in as many starts. The Ian Wilkes trainee is a son of Ghostzapper, so the pedigree is obvious. His mother was Ivory Empress. Wilkes is as confident as ever but remains realistic about the comeptition before him.

“It may appear that way but they still have to run the race,” Wilkes said of McCraken in what many are calling a one-horse affair. “Whether there are 10 or 12 horses in the starting gate, they still have to run. He’s a nice colt, but you still got to break good, get a good trip. He always has worked well, always showed that he had a lot of talent, but how good he is you never know until you put him in that starting gate.”

The early odds have him at 7/2 which indicates just how strong he is against a deep field. But anyone looking to get an early edge in the Kentucky Derby Futures Wager will also want to keep a keen eye on the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. If McCraken is the real deal than his odds are sure to draw some interest as the first pool opens this coming weekend.

Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes – Saturday, November 26th (8:26pm EST)
1 1/6th Miles — Two Year Olds — $200,000

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Han Sense (IA) Julien R. Leparoux 122 Michael J. Maker
2 Total Tap (KY) Ricardo Santana, Jr. 122 Steven M. Asmussen
3 Wild Shot (KY) Corey J. Lanerie 122 George R. Arnold, II
4 Romeo O Romeo (ON) Chris Landeros 122 Brian Williamson
5 Silent Decree (KY) Florent Geroux 122 Patrick B. Byrne
6 Just Move On (KY) Declan Cannon 122 Patrick B. Byrne
7 Shareholder Value (KY) Shaun Bridgmohan 122 Thomas M. Amoss
8 Jocker Justice (OH) Hector L. Rosario, Jr. 122 Aaron M. West
9 Warrior’s Club (KY) Robby Albarado 122 D. Wayne Lukas
10 Perro Rojo (KY) Jon Kenton Court 122 Nicholas P. Zito
11 McCraken (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 122 Ian R. Wilkes
12 Uncontested (KY) Channing Hill 122 Wayne M. Catalano

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