The Aidan O’Brien trained Daddy Long Legs has come up with the horror draw, barrier one, in the 138th running of the Grade 1 US$2m Kentucky Derby (1 1/4 miles) at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning (AEST).
The inside barrier is regarded as the ‘jinx gate’ with no Kentucky Derby winner coming out of the pole position for the last twenty-five years and only two in the last forty-eight years.
Daddy Long Legs has arrived in the United States with the Group 2 $US2m UAE Derby (1800m) at Meydan durring the Dubai World Cup Carnival added to his record and Ireland’s champion trainer is looking to add another classic to the list.
The Scat Daddy three year old is quoted at 30-1 for the Derby, along way down the order that sees Bodemeister and Union Rags vying for favouritism.
The Bob Baffert trained Bodemeister from barrier six, has a slight advantage at 4-1 just ahead of Union Rags at 9/2, coming out of gate 4.
Reigning juvenile champion Hansen has come up with barrier 14 and bookies have the Mike Maker trained Derby chance at 10-1.
Hanson’s owner Dr Kendall Hansen was at the barrier draw and with only two numbers left to drawn, one and fourteen, was hoping that Daddy Long Legs came up with the inside gate, leaving Hanson with fourteen and this panned out to his liking.
Maker was also content to have drawn out wide, giving his three year old a chance to settle off the speed.
“The good doctor was shaking like a leaf,” joked Maker.
“I was playing it cool. There is nothing you can do about it so I don’t worry about things you can’t control.
“Fourteen is perfect, we’re outside all the other speed. I’m hoping we can sit off them.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher wasn’t disappointed with barrier fifteen for unbeaten Gemologist who is quoted at 6-1 and was another trainer happy not to draw the inside gate.
Gemologist is the winner of five from five and is going to Churchill Downs after winning the Grade 1 US$1m Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial (1 1/8 miles) at Aqueduct on April 7.