By The Capital Sports Report Staff
The Run for the Roses, which is the Kentucky Derby, will begin in a few months. While some fans cannot move on from how the Derby ended last year, this year is another season to start the U.S. Triple Crown showdown.
We will expect another batch of new horse-athletes to grace the dirt track.
According to some reports, the latest odds for the horses, who may compete in the Kentucky Derby this year, have been released. The Kentucky Derby will take play at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020.
Fans can expect the best three-year-old horses competing for the win in the first of the three Triple Crown events. The winner will receive $2 million.
One of the horses, who is the early favorite to win the prestigious event is Maxfield. According to TVG.com, he has one of the strongest odds to be the horse to win the event.
Can he beat the other contenders and win the Derby crown this year? It’s possible.
Let’s meet the horse.
Maxfield is a three-year-old colt, who is presently 15th on the Kentucky Derby leader board. The horse presently has 10 total points and has $300,000 in non-restricted stakes-earnings. The horse was foaled on February 17, 2017.
The horse won $300,000 from winning the Breeders’ Futurity – G1 in October. In addition, with its Maiden Special Weight win, the horse won an additional $54,412 last September.
There’s a good chance that the horse will compete in the Kentucky Derby. But the minimum number of points for horses, who have competed in the event in years past were in the 40-50 range. That means this horse will need to earn significant points before May.
The horse is owned by Godolphin LLC and trained by Brendan P. Walsh, while being ridden by José L. Ortiz. He is the sire of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Velvety. Street Sense was the son of Street Cry and Bedazzle. Velvety was the daughter of Bernardini and Caress.
Maxfield will be one of several horses in contention to win the event if the horse makes the entry list. Other horses to look out for included Storm the Court, Thousand Words, and Nadal. With May’s event just round the corner, it should be a good event, with tighter competition.
Maxfield’s Racing Career
As previously mentioned, Maxfield was victorious in his previous two races. This is a factor one must consider in betting on a horse if you’re a pro better or a neophyte better. One must take in account several factors when they want to bet on a horse than can win or not.
Maxfield took part first in the Maiden Special Weight last September 14, 2019, at Churchill Downs. He showed an overwhelming speed that allowed him to win the race.
On October 5, 2019, he headed to Keeneland to compete in the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, where he bested all contenders and brought home the bacon.
All these racing achievements have boosted Maxfield’s confidence allowing Walsh to send him in rigid training for the upcoming Kentucky Derby. His trainer hopes that Maxfield can showcase his full skills on May 2nd to get the Derby crown.
He will also head to the Preakness and Belmont Stakes if he performs well in the Derby, his trainer added.
One of Maxfield’s greatest strengths, as he competes in the Run For The Roses, is his undefeated horse racing record.
The Breeders’ Futurity features Kentucky’s most prestigious race for two-year-old colts and geldings. It’s also the most-promising race for two-years-old’s in the Midwest.
Since the Breeders Futurity began in 1910, several horses have used a win in the event and spring-boarded it into a Kentucky Derby win, including Black Gold in 1924, Bubbling Over in 1926, and Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.
Maxfield’s father finished third in the 2006 Breeders Futurity event before winning the Kentucky Derby several months later.
Maxfield defeated Gouverneur Morris and Enforceable to win the Grade 1 race.
This experience will help him build his confidence for the biggest race in horse racing.
His trainer Walsh is another strength. He has multiple grade-stakes wins under his belt. In 2019, he ranked as one of the Top 40 earners in horse racing as he reached $16,264,989.
He has won several notable horse racing events in his career, including the Breeders’ Cup, Fair Grounds, Colonel Power Stakes, among others.
His final strength is his hockey José L. Ortiz. The veteran jockey was named the Eclipse Awards Outstanding Jockey in 2017. This is a prestigious award for jockeys, which is given out as part of the Eclipse Awards on a yearly basis.
He is a multiple graded stakes winning jockey. He has already won a graded stakes event this year, as he rode Pink Sands to a win at Inside Information S. presented by Runhappy Matchmaker Series at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.
Following the disqualification of Maximum Security at the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Ortiz finished in third place with Tacitus. He was 3 1/4th lengths behind Country House, which took home the nearly $2 million prize with the win following the controversial decision.
Ortiz previously has a Triple Crown win under his belt, as he won the Belmont Stakes in 2017 on board Tapwrit.
He has been onboard significant rides, Good Magic, Shaman Ghost, La Verdad, Oscar Performance, Paulassilverling, and Tapwrit.
It’s almost Triple Crown season. And the Kentucky Derby is hoping to start this year’s prestigious Triple Crown off right.
There will be nearly 350 three-year-olds, who are nominated to complete in the 2020 Triple Crown races. Maxfield has one of the best odds to win the event, according to newswire.net.
Can this race horse offer the speed to leave the other contenders behind him to win the coveted Kentucky Derby? We’ll soon find out.
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