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East coast dark horse entries to lead the 2019 Kentucky Derby

by Staff Writer
09 Apr 2019 at 10:56hrs | Views
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The Churchill Downs race track in 700 Central Avenue is now set and ready to show-off the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby. This is the first jewel of the Triple Crown Series followed by the two major legs which are Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Labeled as the "Run For The Roses" the Kentucky Derby is seen to set the winning horse racer to be the favorite who might win the Triple Crown this year.

In the first quarter this year, many horse racing experts consider Bob Baffert's Game Winner to be the toughest contender this year. While this may be true, there are several entries to look for showing incredible horse racing performance as we draw near to this year's Kentucky Derby showdown. Rumors had circulated around the horse racing nation that contenders coming from the East Coast Division are more competitive showing awesome horse racing winning records in the pre-season of the Triple Crown show.

That said, here are the few names of dark horses that might show-off an astounding performance in the 14th edition of the Kentucky Derby. Let's meet the entries coming from the East Coast Division following their respective tier and their ability to perform on the Kentucky Derby showdown.

Leading Dark Horse - Mihos
Kentucky Derby 2019 seems to be a silver lining for Mihos. Sired by Cairo Prince, trained by J. Jerkens, Mihos has strongly stepped-up his performance with a legendary maiden victory in Aqueduct. He ended up a decisive win to get the Mucho Macho Man title. Although this may not lead him to earn Kentucky Derby points, he set an impression to every horse racer that he can clearly stand-out this year's Kentucky Derby showdown. Besides, before heading to the official Kentucky Derby show, his trainer Jenkins mentioned that he will debut in the Fountain of Youth which will make them stay in Florida.

East Coast First Tier Contenders
Here's the list of some first-tier contenders that East Coast will be sending.

Maximus Mischief
It was way back on December 31 when Maximus Mischief has earned his title in Grade 2 Remsen Stakes. Maximus Mischief is sired by R. Reid Jr. With his win, he got an unbeaten record in the Remsen and he also recorded an incomparable win. According to his trainer, his Beyer Speed Figures will lead him to qualify in winning the 2019 Kentucky Derby race.

Mind Control
Trained by G. Sacco, Mind Control placed a hard-earned seventh-place win in the recent Breeder's Cup Juvenile. He wasn't seen to join the Kentucky Derby until such a time that his Beyer score went up to 88 points. Due to the fact that he had won the Breeder's Cup, he will be staying in New York according to his trainer Sacco, in order to make it to the Kentucky Derby on May 04.

During the last edition of the Belmont Stakes which was in 2018, Vekoma has made a big impression when she earned the maiden title in the said event. Also, at the beginning of November, she also won the Grade III Stakes in Nashua. A lot of horse racing experts are looking forward to Vekoma to show off in the Kentucky Derby as she might be the strongest female horse contender of the East Coast Division.

East Coast Second Tier Contenders

Here are the following entries of the East Coast Division for the second tier category.

Code of Honor
Despite the fact the Code of Honor was scratch in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile, his second finisher placement in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes has made out a buzz in the horse racing nation that he will come off big in the Kentucky Derby. Aside from that, he was also doing great in the Gulfstream horse racing show giving out the best performance all throughout his racing career.

King for the Day
This horse racer was last seen to run in the Grade II Kentucky Club. Although he had not seen to partake in the recent years of horse racing action, his trainer Todd Pletcher had conditioned him very well to grace the Kentucky Derby.  He is also said to be one of the dark horses who will serve as great rivals of all strong contenders in the said racing show.

Standard Deviation
Trained by C. Brown, Standard Deviation was a third favorite brown thoroughbred horse to win in the Breeder's Juvenile Cup. While he earned that popularity, he was in the last place after he had an undesirable trip inside the race track.

Network Effect
This horse racer has tallied an incredible win all his horse racing career. Network Effect placed second in Remsen Stakes following Maximus Mischief and in Nashua succeeding Vekoma. His trainer Brown had conditioned him in Florida after the Remsen to fully prepare him in the Kentucky Derby.

Source - Byo4News