Things are Getting Complicated in the Derby

This year’s Kentucky Derby has become a Merry Go Round of craziness! We are still over a week from the race and don’t even know who the 20 in the gate will be.

Yesterday it was reported that Morello would be out of the Derby due to a foot injury and Pioneer of Medina would move from slot number 21 into the field. Pioneer of Medina posted an excellent five furlong work and all appeared to be a go.

Then late yesterday afternoon a new wrinkle came about as the connections of Classic Causeway changed their minds and felt their horse was now ready for the Derby. With the 60 points earned, Classic Causeway has every right to be in the field, but the about face on the decision makes one wonder if the owners trumped the trainer on the call and decided to run.

If Classic Causeway does race, it throws a new wrinkle into the Derby. Classic Causeway is a one run type of horse, show speed and that’s it. The style worked great through victories in the Sam F. Davis and Tampa Bay Derby. Honestly the connections should have stopped there and trained into the Derby.

Instead, the decision was made to wheel back just three weeks later in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream. That proved to backfire as Classic Causeway showed speed as expected but stopped badly when headed, finishing last while beaten over 20 lengths.

One would have to think the same happens again in the Derby but there is very little pace in this race. To add to the mix, the connections of another speed horse, Early Voting are now on the fence as to whether or not they want to run. Early Voting could have a shot to hang around but Classic Causeway doesn’t look to have the same credentials off that last start.

This year’s Derby could be wild! The post draw could be very important as some horses chances could be made or broken on Monday with the draw. Let’s see how this shakes out.

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