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
|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|