AP – 140th Kentucky Derby has four Pletcher horses

140th Kentucky Derby has four Pletcher horsesTodd Pletcher is going after the Kentucky Derby with numbers again. The trainer who has won America’s greatest horse race will saddle four horses. Little-known Mike Maker has three starters. Art Sherman has just one. But it’s a really good one.   California Chrome is the favorite for the 140th Derby on Saturday. The colt brings a four-race winning streak into Churchill Downs, having won those by a combined 24 14 lengths.   “I’ve never had a horse that did that before,” said Sherman, who began training in 1980 after being a jockey for 21 years and later a racing official. “I just want my horse to have a fair shake at it and have good racing luck, and I’m sure hopeful for him. He’s a gutty little horse.”   Pletcher knows something about luck. Four years ago, he ended a winless run with his first 24 entries when long shot Super Saver, one of four horses he entered, won under a rail-hugging ride by Calvin Borel. That was the year Pletcher had the favorite, Eskendereya, who was forced to drop out six days before the Derby with a leg injury. He also had the horse to beat in 2011, Uncle Mo, who was scratched with a stomach ailment on Derby eve.       This year, Pletcher’s quartet is made up of Arkansas Derby winner Danza, Risen Star winner Intense Holiday, Spiral Stakes winner We Miss Artie, and Vinceremos, who finished 14th in the Blue Grass.   California Chrome will need some luck tangling with a full field of 20 horses for the 1 14-mile (2,400-meter) race at Churchill Downs. California Chrome drew the No. 5 post. Eight horses have won from there, most recently Funny Cide in 2003.  Maker’s trio of contenders is Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s in Trouble, General a Rod and Harry’s Holiday.  “It’s going to be a very lively pace,” he said. “I feel my horses they can adjust to whatever the pace calls for.”  Maker has had five previous Derby starters, including Hansen, who was ninth in 2012. Both he and Pletcher are former assistants to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Derby winner.

SOURCE: Todays Zaman

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