Louisville, KY - The pace in this year's Kentucky Derby will more than likely come from Falling Sky who will break from post 13 and is trained by John Terranova.
"Falling Sky has been very playful on the track during his workouts this week but he likes the speed," claimed owner Jim Covello.
His colt took the early lead in the Arkansas Derby but couldn't hold on finishing fourth in that race. There are fewer speed horses in this year's Kentucky Derby due to the new implemented points system which favors those later Derby prep races of two turns and distance, rather than the old system where colts with top-graded earnings accrued in their juvenile season could carry them into the Derby lineup, but that didn't necessarily mean they were capable of going 1-1/4 miles in the Derby. Their early graded earnings got them the post position.
"As an owner and a handicapper I like the new points system they used this year. The fans should like it, as well, because now we have a better matched field filled with horses that have been maturing and are capable of handling two turns," Covello said.
I asked him who he thought would be setting the pace and he said, "My horse, Falling Sky, will definitely be out there. He just likes to get out in front, He also expects Goldencents to be setting some early pace, as well as Itsmyluckyday who will ride closer to the front."
Luis Saez will have the mount on this one. Most people don't want their horse out in front too early but Covello knows that is what his colt likes to do.
The Kentucky Derby lineup is as follows:
PP1. Black Onyx 50/1 Trainer Domino, Jockey Bravo;
PP2 Oxbow 30/1 Trainer Lukas, Jockey Stevens,
PP3 Revolutionary 10/1, Trainer Pletcher, Jockey Borel;
PP 4 Golden Soul 50/1 Trainer Stewart, Jockey Alvarado,
PP5 Normandy Invasion 12/1 Trainer Brown, Jockey Castellano
PP6 Mylute 15/1 Trainer Amoss, Jockey Napravnik
PP7 Giant Finish 50/1 Trainer Dutrow, Jockey Espinosa,
PP8 Goldencents 5/1 Trainer O'Neill, Jockey Krigger
PP9 Overanalyze 15/1 Trainer Pletcher, Jockey Bejarano,
PP10 Palace Malice 20/1, Trainer Pletcher, Jockey Smith
PP11 Lines of Battle 30/1 Trainer O'Brien, Jockey Moore,
PP12 Itsmyluckyday 15/1 Trainer Plesa, Jockey Trujillo,
PP13 Falling Sky 50/1 Trainer Terranova, Jockey Saez,
PP14 Verrazano 4/1 Trainer Pletcher, Jockey Velazquez
PP 15 Charming Kitten 20/1, Trainer Pletcher, Jockey Prado,
PP16 Orb 7/2 Trainer McGaughey, Jockey Rosario,
PP 17 Will Take Charge 20/1 Trainer Lukas, Jockey Court
PP18 Frac Daddy 50/1 Trainer McPeek, Jockey Lebron
PP19 Java's War 15/1, Trainer McPeek, Jockey Leparoux
PP20 Vyjack 15/1 Trainer Rodriguez, Jockey Gomez