The Kentucky Derby field is wide open this year, but if you live in the Northeast, there is only one entrant that you should be throwing your support (and money) behind.
Wicked Strong, out of Centennial Farms in Beverly, is co-second favorite at 8-1 (behind California Chrome at 3-1) and will be starting from the 19th post. The Colt won the Wood Memorial Stakes in New York to qualify for the 140th Derby. The weather looks good and the track will be dry and fast, so there’s really a chance for some surprises today.
If you’re not already sold, Wicked Strong’s ownership group has announced that they will donate 5% of his Triple Crown earnings to the One Fund, so this horse is literally running for Boston. And, come on, the horse is named Wicked Strong, don’t be a contrarian, just root for him.
Boston isn’t exactly a horse racing hotbed anymore but if a local thoroughbred won the Derby it would be a massive revival for the sport in the area, and it would be really cool to see the city get behind a local horse with a local name and even a local cause as he tries for the Preakness in a few weeks.
Quick Facts on Wicked Strong:
Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Son of Hard Spun and Moyne
The Kentucky Derby will be at 6:24 p.m. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. on NBC