Saturday, May 1, marks the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. The field will be drawn tomorrow and will know where they will be positioned in the starting gate. Race favorite, Eskendereya, was scratched earlier this week with filling in his leg. His defection now leaves West Coast competitor, Lookin at Lucky, as the probable post-time favorite.
Lookin at Lucky has been the most consistent horse for the past year. He has run well on both synthetic and dirt, and always runs a strong race no matter the circumstance. His last two races have been very troubled trips and his jockey, Garrett Gomez, is under pressure to not put the horse in the same position. Lookin at Lucky's trainer, Bob Baffert, was visibly upset after the Santa Anita Derby feeling his horse was put in a dangerous situation. Gomez is one of the top riders in the country and should be able to put forth a much better effort on the big stage.
The winner of the Santa Anita Derby, Sidney's Candy, could be the forgotten horse from the west. He has done everything right since returning from an injury in his two-year-old season. After stumbling slightly he set all the fractions and opened up a big lead on the derby field turning for home. The win has been under scrutiny because of the slow pace he set and the trouble Lookin at Lucky had. But if Lookin at Lucky does not have trouble and Sidney's Candy still beat him at Santa Anita, then Sidney's Candy would be the Kentucky Derby favorite.
Both horses have been working well over the Churchill Downs surface. It seems they are both coming into the race in great condition and have avoided the injuries many other contenders have recently dealt with. Lookin at Lucky's latest work of 5 furlongs in 1:00.38 was visually impressive to the clockers, and further cements him as the horse to beat.