Kentucky Derby Horses: Art Collector

2020 Kentucky Derby Contender Profiles

By Ed McNamara

A late bloomer, Art Collector emerged as a Derby contender with five straight wins, including romps in the Blue Grass (G2) and Ellis Park Derby.

Like Tiz the Law, he’s 4-for-4 this year, has tactical speed and a nice turn of foot.

Best performance: Crushing superstar filly Swiss Skydiver by 3 1/2 lengths in the Blue Grass.

Big plus: He’s 2-for-4 over the quirky Churchill surface. Probable second betting choice can win if Tiz the Law isn’t himself.

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: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

Art Collector

Art Collector Photo Courtesy of Ellis Park-Coady Photography

Trainer: Tom Drury, Jr.

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Career record: 9-5-1-0

Career earnings: $664,380

Top Equibase speed figure: 106

Kentucky Derby points: 150 (3rd)

Pedigree: Bernardini-Distorted Legacy, by Distorted Humor

Color: Bay

Running style: Front-runner, stalker

Notes: This will be long-time trainer Tom Drury’s first Derby starter. Based at the Skylight Training Center near Goshen, Kentucky, he’s been training since 1991, and is starting to make a name for himself as he now has string of horses at Churchill Downs … Hernandez has a Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) victory on his resume – Fort Larned in 2012, will be riding in the Derby for the third time – he was 12th aboard Tom’s Ready in 2016 and eighth with McCraken in 2017 … Lunsford is CEO of a private investment company in Louisville, and the longtime owner is set to send out his first Derby starter.

(US Racing’s Kentucky Derby coverage 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, US Racing 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 Tyler Gaffalione
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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