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Looking over the Twin Spires at the new Jockey Club Suites.
2005 Kentucky Derby Entries

Date: 05/04/2005


Post positions were selected for the 131st Kentucky Derby on Wednesday afternoon in the Triple Crown Room of the new Jockey Club Suites at Churchill Downs. A full field of twenty made the entry box, with Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road set as the morning line favorite at 5-2. As in the past, the horses were drawn at random order for a selection order and their connections then picked their post positions.

Arkansas Derby winner Afleet Alex was named the 9-2 second choice and will break from post 12. Trainer Tim Ritchey said, "I thought about choosing post 16 but opted for post position 12 because I think there'll be a little more room there. And, I'm from Pittsburgh and that number has been very good with Terry Bradshaw winning four Super Bowls." Jockey Jeremy Rose, riding in his first Derby, said, "It should work out well. Other than the first two or the last two positions it's really all the same."

Nick Zito at the Derby Draw.
Trainer Nick Zito is loaded for bear this year, with a quarter of the field coming from his barn. Along with Bellamy Road out of post 16, he will also saddle Andromeda's Hero (post 2, 50-1), Sun King (post 3, 15-1), Noble Causeway (post 4, 12-1), and High Fly (post 11, 8-1). Aboard High Fly will be Jerry Bailey, who may be making his final start in the Derby as he has hinted at retirement at the end of the year. Zito said, "I think we got what we want. We have no [post-position] excuses." Asked about the favorite, he added, "He's a great big horse and we wanted to keep him on the outside."

Todd Pletcher is looking for his first Derby win and he has 3 horses entered, 20-1 shot Coin Silver in post 5, another 20-1 outsider in Flower Alley out of the 7 hole, and 6-1 third choice Bandini in post 15. Pletcher, who had first pick with Bandini, chose the 15 because "I wanted to be toward to the outside. I like the auxiliary gate; it's won five out of the last ten races. I like the extra space. We wanted to stay clear of the inside traffic. Plus, if there's a scratch you go to 14 and you're in the same position."

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo where available. A star next to the dosage index indicates a dual qualifier.

Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the Kentucky Derby?

A.P. Warrior
Bluegrass Cat
Bob and John
Brother Derek
Cause to Believe
Deputy Glitters
Flashy Bull
Keyed Entry
Lawyer Ron
Point Determined
Private Vow
Seaside Retreat
Sharp Humor
Showing Up
Sinister Minister
Storm Treasure

1Sort It Out Bob Baffert 1.67  Brice Blanc50-1
2Andromeda's Hero Nick Zito 2.78  Rafael Bejarano 50-1
3Sun King Nick Zito 3.00 *Edgar Prado 15-1
4Noble Causeway Nick Zito 2.08  Gary Stevens 12-1
5Coin Silver Todd Pletcher 1.82  Pat Valenzuela20-1
6High Limit Bobby Frankel 2.50  Ramon Dominguez 12-1
7Flower AlleyTodd Pletcher 1.73  Jorge Chavez20-1
8Greater Good Robert Holthus 4.00  John McKee 20-1
9Greeley's GalaxyGlen Stute 4.00  Kent Desormeaux 15-1
10GiacomoJohn Shirreffs4.33  Mike Smith 50-1
11High Fly Nick Zito 2.00  Jerry Bailey 8-1
12Afleet Alex Tim Ritchey 2.11 *Jeremy Rose 9-2
13Spanish Chestnut Patrick Biancone 2.60  Joe Bravo50-1
14Wilko Craig Dollase 7.00  Corey Nakatani 20-1
15Bandini Todd Pletcher 3.57  John Velazquez 6-1
16Bellamy Road Nick Zito 3.50  Javier Castellano 5-2
17Don't Get Mad Ron Ellis 2.27  Tyler Baze30-1
18Closing Argument Kiaran McLaughlin 4.00  Cornelio Velasquez 30-1
19Going Wild D. Wayne Lukas 1.91  Jose Valdivia Jr.50-1
20Buzzards BayJeff Mullins1.50  Mark Guidry 20-1

Triple Crown quick links:

                   NTRA Three-Year-Old Poll 05/02/05

     HORSE                  A-S  STS-1-2-3  PTS  PVS  PROBABLE NEXT START  
 1. Bellamy Road (8)        3-C    2-2-0-0  109   1   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 2. Bandini  (1)            3-C    4-3-1-0   94   3   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 3. Afleet Alex             3-C    3-2-0-0   92   2   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 4. High Fly (1)            3-C    4-3-0-1   75   4   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 5. High Limit              3-C    2-1-1-0   57   5   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 6. Noble Causeway          3-C    4-2-2-0   41   6   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 7. Lost In The Fog (1)     3-C    3-3-0-0   32   8   5/14 Golden Bear BC  
 8. Sun King                3-C    3-2-0-0   31   7   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
 9. Wilko                   3-C    2-0-01    30   9   5/7 Kentucky Derby   
10. Sis City                3-F    2-2-0-0   22   -   Undecided            
A_S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, F-filly.

Other Horses Receiving Votes: Buzzard's Bay-16, Don't Get Mad-14, Greeley's Galaxy-12, Greater Good-11, Coin Silver-8, Flower Alley-7, Consolidator-4, Scrappy T-4, Memorette-1

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