The 2023 Kentucky Derby Trail racing resumes Saturday at Churchill Downs with a $400,000 grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club. The 1 1/16 mile competition, the sixth official Derby qualifying race of the year, drew a field of nine 2-year-olds and offers points to the top five finishers (10-4-3-2-1). .

The Kentucky Jockey Club has produced seven horses that have won the Run for the Roses. Super Saver, who won the Jockey Club in 2009, last achieved the double with a derby win the following year.

Here is a complete field analysis for the Kentucky Jockey Club with morning line odds provided by Horse Racing Nation Employee. It is scheduled to be race 11 of 12 on a four-seat map.

Curly Jack
(7-2 good magic Tom Amos /Edgar Morales – 5:2-1-0 – $340,180) Curly Jack won both of his races at Churchill as a debut winner in June in an early maiden race and then on his fourth start when he won the Iroquois (G3) by a length with a closing move. He is the leading money winner in the field and the only Graded Stakes winner. Amoss sent Curly Jack to Saratoga where he set the pace and dropped to fifth place. Back in Kentucky, he finished second by a head in the Juvenile at Ellis Park in August after taking the lead on track. After a fifth place in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) he returns to Churchill. win contenders.

2. Western Ghent
(15-1 American pharaoh D. Wayne Luke / Michaelle Michel – 7: 1-0-1 – $59,737) Western Ghent broke his maiden in his fifth start when he fell into a $75,000 claimer in Saratoga in August. Lukas next tried it in Hopeful (G1) where he finished last by a wide margin. The son of the American Pharoah was third in a Keeneland handout and was last again last when he tried his hand at the Graded Stakes Society in Street Sense (G3). Lukas has three wins at the Kentucky Jockey Club, in 1989, 1991 and 1997. Throw.

(10-1 Gunrunner Kenny McPeek /Brian Hernandez Jr. – 4:1-1-0 – $83,585) Denington is the first of two runners in this field for McPeek, who won the Kentucky Jockey Club three times – Smile Happy last year, Signalman in 2018 and Repent in 2001. Denington needed four tries to complete his first win, and that happened last month at a sloppy track in Churchill, taking two corners with a late rally. Throw.

4. giant
(15-1 Not this time Steve Assussen / Corey Lanerie – 4:2-0-0 – $171,250) Gigante broke his maiden on his second start while running a mile on the main course at Colonial Downs after debuting on the turf. He rallied from five in a field of six and won by three lengths. He was then put back on the turf and won the Kitten’s Joy at the Virginia course by nearly seven lengths. Last month, Gigante was back on the turf at the Bourbon Stakes (G2) in Keeneland, finishing 10th after pushing the pace. Gigante was an additional nomination for the Kentucky Jockey Club. Asmussen won this race three times, with Silver Prospector in 2019, Tiz Wonderful in 2006 under the name Scott Blasi and Private Vow in 2005. Throw.

5. Red Route One (8-1 Gunrunner Steve Assussen / Tyler Gaffalione – 4:1-0-1 – $153,225) Red Route One is a homegrown son of Gun Runner by Winchell Thoroughbreds who broke his maid on the Kentucky Downs turf in his second career. It’s unusual to see an Asmussen runner on the turf, let alone two of them in the same field. This colt was then moved to the main track when he finished third in the Breeders’ Futurity with an amazing price of 59-1. The odds dropped to 3-1 in the Street Sense, which was ridden on a sloppy track where Red Route One had a rough trip and couldn’t gain much ground, ending up in fifth place. Use underneath.

freedom path (5-1 Collected John Terranova / Florent Geroux – 2:2-0-0 – $118,250) Freedom Trail is undefeated in two starts on the turf during the Belmont at the Big A meet. He won his first start with a head with a late rally over 1 1/16 miles. Coach John Terranova then promoted him to Stakes Company and he responded by winning the Awad as a 1.90-1 favorite. Terranova won this race in 2014 with El Kabeir. win contenders.

7. Hayes Strike (10-1 Connect Kenny McPeek / Rafael Bejarano – 5:1-1-0 – $90,782) Hayes Strike broke his maiden by more than four lengths in his second career start in August at Ellis Park when he pushed the pace. He then joined Graded Stakes Company with a fourth-place finish in the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill. Hayes Strike missed every chance as he stumbled out of the gate in an allowance at Keeneland. Most recently, the McPeek runner finished second on a sloppy track at Churchill in the Street Sense in late October. Throw.

8th. instant coffee (3-1 Bolt d’Oro Brad Cox / Luis Saez – 2:1-0-0 – $84,375) Instant Coffee was a first winner in the final week of the Saratoga meeting. The son of Bolt d’Oro, sent off 14-1, rallied off the pace to win by less than seven furlongs in length. He came back and finished fourth in the big, strong field of Breeders’ Futurity (G1), which also included Breeders’ Juvenile winner Forte and the respected Loggins. Instant Coffee hails from the connections of Cyberknife and was purchased for $200,000 as a Keeneland Sale yearling. Instant Coffee was included as an individual betting interest in the current Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 at odds of 80-1 in the morning. Best choice.

9. Cyclone Calamity (4-1 To disaster Dale Romans / Joe Talamo – 2:1-0-1 – $65,625) Cyclone Mischief broke his maiden by more than five lengths in his second start last month at Keeneland against a 10-man field in a pace-pushing effort that went two rounds as the favorite . There is a lot of room for improvement for this Into Mischief son who has been heavily bet in both his starts. win contenders.

summary: The 2022 Kentucky Jockey Club drew a field of nine competitors, including three stakes winners. Curly Jack has 13 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby from his win over the Iroquois and fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The other two stakes winners came onto the grass where Freedom Trail is undefeated in New York and Steve Asmussen’s Gigante was a winner at Colonial Downs.

There are two poorly ridden two-year-olds who must also be considered contenders. Cyclone Mischief was an impressive first winner at Keeneland by more than five lengths in his second start for Dale Romans. Instant Coffee first won after Brad Cox and then finished fourth in the Breeders’ Futurity behind two of the top horses in the division, Forte and Loggins.

Instant Coffee will be the go-to choice for Cox and Gold Square, Cyberknife’s liaisons.