Bayern and Chitu entered in GIII Derby Trial Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

All Derby Trail roads lead to Churchill Downs on May 4th this year!

All Derby Trail roads lead to Churchill Downs on May 3rd this year!

Apparently, trainer Bob Baffert doesn’t have a lot of derby faith in some of his 3yo fleet this season as he again has entered a Derby lock in Chitu , and Derby bubble boy in Bayern , into Saturday evening’s, opening night at Churchill Downs, $150,000, GIII Derby Trial Stakes for 3yo’s, going a 1-turn mile over the historic Churchill Downs main track.

Free Past Performances,

Chitu , is a legit Derby horse as he cooked up a 1:47.4 winning time, at 1 1/8 mile in the GIII Sunland Derby last out beating Midnight Hawk by 2 1/4 lengths. If this one’s not a derby horse, well we can think of a few others who might not belong in a Derby starting gate come May 3rd and then we could narrow down 2014 derby field to just 14 gates and x out the aux gates all together this year!

Bayern , would make more sense here coming off a 3rd in the GI Arkansas Derby last out so he does have 20 derby points but is way down on the tie-breaker list! Likes it upfront early so this 1-turn mile is logical!

Spot , winner of the GII Swales Stakes 2 back but found the 1 1/8 mile of the GI Florida Derby not to his liking with a distant 7th finish! So, again the 1-turn mile as a next out makes sense to us!

Laddie Boy , 2nd in the GII KJC stakes here last fall, found that the poly wasn’t his thing with off the board finishes at Turfway and Keeneland this year. Cuts back to a mile over a surface where he has had some success!

Big Sugar Soda , 2nd in the Gazbo Stakes at Oaklawn last out making a big late move in that 6f event for that runner-up spot. With that kind of move late perhaps 8f’s would be a good next test!

Embellishing Bob , broke his maiden at the F/G last out with a win at 6f’s in a nice 1:09.2 in a wire to wire score winning by 4 lengths. He’ll stretch out to the mile here on Saturday evening for the first time!

Mark Casse rolls out Matador , again after he finished 6th in the GI Florida Derby last out. This one spend the winter in south Florida running off the board in several south Florida 3yo stakes. Could be that mark’s got the Queensplate in mind for this one and this would be a good stepping stone race to that end!

Friendswith K Mill, 7th in the S/A Derby Derby last out but had no finish in him! Needs a good finish here to move up next time!

Bitters ‘n Bourbon and Myositis Dan , round out this field of 10, 3yo’s and are coming off mdn and alw wins last out respectively.

So the Derby intrigue just keep coming as this year’s GIII Derby Trial Stakes offers some interesting starters!

Post Time for Race #8 – 10:01 pm EDT

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer
1. Bayern R Napravnik 118 B Baffert
2. Chitu J Rosario 123 B Baffert
3. Big Sugar Soda R Santana, Jr. 118 S M Asmussen
4. Friendswith K Mill K J Desormeaux 118 D F O’Neill
5. Matador J R Leparoux 118 M E Casse
6. Embellishing Bob B J Hernandez, Jr. 118 S Margolis
7. Laddie Boy S Elliott 118 C Peery
8. Bitters ‘n Bourbon C J Lanerie 118 R Moquett
9. Spot J R Velazquez 120 N P Zito
10. Myositis Dan J Rocco, Jr. 118 T F Proctor

Picks are – 1,2,7,9 exacta box, with the 3 or 6 in the super spot!

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Kentucky Derby Free Past Performances 2014 are out!

2014 Kentucky Derby - Past Performances

2014 Kentucky Derby – Past Performances

The first blush of the 2014 GI Kentucky Derby Free Past Performances are here for all the possible runners in this year’s Derby!

So, get your 2014 Derby handicapping started early because we believe we’re going to need every minute of time we can get to figure out this year’s puzzle.

So, Click on Free Past Performances and get it started, we are!

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2014 Kentucky Derby Early Odds with Free Past Performances

2014 Kentucky Derby - Early Odds

2014 Kentucky Derby – Early Odds

The early Derby #140 odds are out, so see where your favorites stand!

California Chrome, 3/1 gets the early Derby favorite status, Wicked Strong, 6/1, would be the 2nd choice, followed quickly by, Hoppertunity at 15/1, Samraat , 16/1 with Danza, Vicar’s in Trouble and Ride On Curlin, 18/1 as everyone else is at 20/1 or above!

2014 Kentucky Derby Free Past Performances, are here!

NOTE * all horse names below are linked to their “downthestretchs” 2014 Kentucky Derby profiles where you can find that horse’s most recent Free Past Performances!

2014 DERBY CONTENDERS, ODDS TO WIN, as of “04/21/14″

California Chrome, 3/1

Candy Boy, 25/1

Chitu, 40/1

Dance with Fate, 50/1

Danza, 18/1

General A Rod, 30/1

Harry’s Holiday, 75/1

Hoppertunity, 15/1

Intense Holiday, 20/1

Medal Count, 40/1

 Ride On Curlin, 18/1

Ring Weekend, 50/1

Samraat, 16/1

Tapiture, 20/1

Uncle Sigh, 60/1

Vinceremos, 50/1

Vicar’s in Trouble, 18/1

We Miss Artie, 35/1

Wicked Strong, 6/1

Wildcat Red, 25/1

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