Kentucky Derby 2020 Odds: Necker Island

Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Necker Island

By USRacing Team

Why go to the Derby with a horse who’s lost seven in a row by an average of nearly nine lengths and is 0-for-6 in stakes? Only if your lifetime dream is to see your silks in the post parade as they play “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Necker Island won twice last year at Churchill Downs, his home track, but that’s about it for the positives. This vanity entry belongs in an allowance race, not a classic. No chance.

Profiles will be updated with morning-line odds and post position after the field is drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Odds: TBD

Post position: TBD

Jockey: Miguel Mena

Trainer: Chris Hartman

Owners: Jackie Rojas, Raymond Daniels, Wayne Scherr

Career record: 10-2-0-3

Career earnings: $199,730

Top Equibase speed figure: 99

Kentucky Derby points: 14 (19th)

Pedigree: Hard Spun-Jenny’s Rocket, by Mr. Greeley

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Closer

Necker Island - Coady

Necker Island – Courtesy of Coady Photography

Notes: Necker Island picked up his Derby points with third-place finishes in the Indiana Derby (4) and the Ellis Park Derby (10) … The colt was claimed for $100,000 in May … This will be Mena’s second Derby – in 2010 he finished 20th aboard Backtalk … He’s been riding since 2003 and has won more than 2,000 races, among them a victory aboard Tom’s d’Etat in the Stephen Foster in June … Hartman, a Midwest-based journeyman who has been training since 1992, is saddling his first Derby starter.

(USRacing’s Kentucky Derby will include profiles of the horses listed as probable for the race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Each day until the post-position draw on Tuesday, Sept. 1, USRacing will publish selected profiles of the contenders.)

2020 Kentucky Derby

Horse Trainers Jockey
Tiz the Law Barclay Tagg Manny Franco
Authentic Bob Baffert John Velazquez
Art Collector Tom Drury Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Honor A.P. John Sherriffs Mike Smith
Ny Traffic Saffie Joseph, Jr Paco Lopez
King Guillermo Juan Carlos Avilla Samy Camacho
Thousand Words Bob Baffert Florent Geroux
Dr Post Todd Pletcher TBD
Max Player Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Caracaro Gustavo Delgado Javier Castellano
Enforceable Mark Casse Adam Beschizza
Rushie Michael McCarthy TBD
Major Fed Greg Foley James Graham
Storm the Court Peter Eurton Julien Leparoux
Attachment Rate Dale Romans Joe Talamo
Sole Volante Patrick Biancone Luca Panici
Finnick the Fierce Rey Hernandez Martin Garcia
Winning Impression Dallas Stewart Joe Rocco, Jr.
Necker Island Chris Hartman Miguel Mena
Shirl’s Speight Roger Attfield Corey Lanerie
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