LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Derby horses are arriving at Churchill Downs with the Derby just two weeks away, and one competitor is creating some buzz around Bill Mott’s barn.
Tacitus leads all horses on the road to the Kentucky Derby with 150 points.. And arrived at Churchill on Tuesday.
He’s out of Close Hatches by Tapit, and won this year’s Wood Memorial, as his sire did on the road to the Derby in 2004.
Tacitus added a win in the Tampa Bay Derby, but it was his Wood Memorial victory that has him now on many experts Derby contender shortlists.
By Annie Moore | April 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM EDT - Updated April 12 at 10:30 AM
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After months of preparation, this is the last weekend of competition on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
As the field for Kentucky Derby 145 comes into view, there are just two Derby prep races left this weekend.. .chief among them, the Arkansas Derby.
In Saturday’s race at Oaklawn, the stakes are high for a couple of highly-regarded Derby hopefuls. Bob Baffert’s Improbable currently sit at 26th on the leaderboard on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Improbable needs to claim some of the 170 points up for grabs in the million-dollar race if he wants to climb the leaderboard and make an appearance on the first Saturday in May.
He overcame a rough start out of the gate in the Wood, to grab a win over Tax by a length.
His performance through the bumpy start bodes well for the 20-horse field on the first Saturday in May.
A little less than half of the Derby field has arrived at Churchill Downs with 15 days left until the Kentucky Derby
I’m Annie Moore and this has been your Friday Furlong.