The “Road To The Derby” has started and with the start of spring starts thoughts of the “Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”. Thoroughbred fanatics have been awaiting this day for many months and the stars of the race are beginning to shine already! Racing fans have been keeping a close eye on the early races of the year and a few horses in the Kentucky Derby field have already shown a great amount of promise!
The most highly followed horse in the Kentucky Derby field is probably Uncle Mo! This lovely Bay colt trained by the wonderful Todd Pletcher has won all four of his races that he has been entered in and has been training in lovely time! With the champion jockey John Velazquez atop him, he’s a very strong contender for this year’s Run For The Roses. John Velazquez hasn’t been able to clench a Derby himself yet, so you know he’ll be riding hard to grab that long desired trip to the winners circle and blanket of roses for his mount, Uncle Mo!
Soldat is another very strong contender in the Kentucky Derby field this year. A deep and dark bay horse with speed on his side, Soldat has won or placed in all of his races so far and shows great promise! He’s got speed and stamina on his side so the Derby trip should be an easy one for him. He’s trained by Kieran McLaughlin who’s seen success in Breeders Cup races as well as other notable wins. His jockey is the wonderful Alan Garcia who won a Triple Crown race in the form of the 2008 Belmont where he upset Big Brown’s Triple Crown run. Quite the accomplishment!
These are only two of the field that is packed tight with exciting and talented horses for the 2011 Kentucky Derby! We may not be able to own a race horse or even attend the Derby, but we can have a stable of famous race horses with Golden Oak Stables and Breyer! Even the most famous of horses can live within our walls, how fun is that?