The 149th Kentucky Derby (G1) presented by Woodford Reserve will be run on Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The purse is $3 million, with $1.86 million going to the winner. US Racing is profiling each horse in the field. The post-position draw is Monday, May 1. Profiles will be updated with post positions and odds following the draw.
By US Racing Team
A third-place finish in the UAE Derby (G2) also came with an invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby (G1) for earning 40 qualifying points in Japan’s road to the Derby series.
That mean the chestnut colt will give Japan a second chance to win its first Kentucky Derby. Derma Sotogake, winner of the UAE Derby seems to be the more talented of the two and could be among the top contenders.
Continuar is 0-for-2 in 2023, but assistant trainer Takahide Ando says he’s a relaxed horse, noting trips to Saudi Arabia and Dubai “so he’s had a lot of experience around various types of situations and people. So, we think that should be an advantage.”
Previously, two Japan-breds ran in the Derby – Master Fencer ran sixth in 2019 and Crown Pride finished 13th in 2022.
Continuar won two of his first three races during his 2-year-old campaign in Japan, his lone defeat to Derma Sotogake. He was fifth in the Saudi Derby (G3) before hitting the board for third in the UAE Derby.
Post position: 20
Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi
Jockey: Ryusei Sakai
Owner: Lion Race Horse Co. Ltd
Career record: 5-2-1-1
Career earnings: $337,889
Derby qualifying points: 40 (20th)
Best Equibase speed figure: NA
Pedigree: Drefong-Pan De Ring, by King Kamehameha
Running style: Mid-pack
Notes: Derma Sotogake and Continuar breezed Wednesday, April 27, at Churchill Downs. Continuar went 4 furlongs in 50 seconds, Derma Sotogake 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 … Horses coming from the UAE Derby are 0-for-18 in the Kentucky Derby (best finish was fifth by Master of Hounds in 2011).
|1||Hit Show||Franco||Brad H. Cox||West, Gary and Mary||30-1|
|2||Verifying||Gaffalione||Brad H. Cox||Poulin, Jonathan, Westerberg, Magnier, Mrs. John, Smith, Derrick and Tabor, Michael B.||15-1|
|3||Two Phil’s||Loveberry||Larry Rivelli||Patricia’s Hope LLC and Sagan, Phillip||12-1|
|4||Conficence Game||Graham||J. Keith Desormeaux||Don’t Tell My Wife Stables||20-1|
|5||Tapit Trice||Saez||Todd A. Pletcher||Whisper Hill Farm, LLC and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck)||5-1|
|6||Kinkngbarns||J. Ortiz||Todd A. Pletcher||Spendthrift Farm LLC||12-1|
|7||Reincartnate||Velazquez||Tim Yakteen||SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Masterson, Robert E., Stonestreet Stables LLC, Schoenfarber, Jay A., Waves Edge Capital LLC and Donovan, Catherine||50-1|
|8||Mage||Castellano||Gustavo Delgado||OGMA Investments, LLC, Restrepo, Ramiro, Sterling Racing LLC and CMNWLTH||15-1|
|SCR||Skinner||Hernandez||John A. Shirreffs||C R K Stable||20-1|
|SCR||Practical Move||Vazquez||Tim Yakteen||Amestoy, Jr., Pierre Jean, Amestoy, Leslie A. and Beasley, Roger K.||SCR|
|9||Disarm||Rosario||Steven M. Asmussen||Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC||30/1|
|10||Jace’s Road||Geroux||Brad H. Cox||West Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables LLC||15-1|
|11||Sun Thunder||Hernandez Jr||Kenneth G. McPeek||R.T Racing Stable and Cypress Creek Equine||30-1|
|12||Angel Of Empire||Prat||Brad H. Cox||Albaugh Family Stables LLC||8-1|
|13||Forte||I. Ortiz JR.||Todd A. Pletcher||Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable||3-1|
|14||Raise Can||Corrales||Ben Colebrook||Warren, Andrew and Warren, Rania||15-1|
|15||Derma Sotogake||Lemaire||Hidetaka Otonashi||Hiroyuki Asanuma||10-1|
|16||Rocket Can||Alvarado||William I. Mott||Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.||15-1|
|SCR||Lord Miles||Lopez||Todd A. Pletcher||Vegso Racing Stable||30-1|
|17||Continuar||Sakai||Yoshito Yahagi||Lion Race Horse Co. Ltd.||50-1|
|18||Cyclone Mischief||J. Rosario||D. Romans||Albaugh Family Stables LLC and Castleton Lyons.||30-1|
|19||Mandarin Hero||Kazushi Kimura||Terunobu Fujita||Hiroaki Arai.||20-1|
|20||King Russell||Rafael Bejarano||Ron Moquett||Jones, Brereton C. and Naber Racing, LLC||50-1|
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