Over-the-limit field of 22 entered in Kentucky Derby
Likely favorite Curlin (pictured above) and a record-tying five horses trained by Todd Pletcher were among an over-the-limit field of 22 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for the Kentucky Derby.
Curlin, one of two horses in the field trained by Steve Asmussen, will try to become the first colt in 125 years to win Saturday’s Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Curlin is 3-for-3 this year, including an Arkansas Derby victory.
Pletcher, attempting to end his 0-for-14 losing skid in the Derby, will send out Any Given Saturday, Circular Quay, Cowtown Cat, Sam P. and Scat Daddy.
Reporting for Duty and Delightful Kiss were excluded from the field, which is limited to 20 starters based on graded stakes earnings. Reporting for Duty was 21st on the earnings list and Delightful Kiss was 23rd.
Official odds and post positions were to be determined later Wednesday.
The field, in order of post position selection, is: Storm in May, Teuflesberg, Hard Spun, Liquidity, Bwana Bull, Street Sense, Cowtown Cat, Scat Daddy, Imawildandcrazyguy, Zanjero, Tiago, Circular Quay, Sam P., Nobiz Like Shobiz, Stormello, Curlin, Sedgefield, Any Given Saturday, Great Hunter and Dominican.
While Pletcher has five entries, four other trainers have two horses in the field — Asmussen has Curlin and Zanjero; Doug O’Neill has Great Hunter and Liquidity; Darrin Miller has Dominican and Sedgefield; and Bill Kaplan has Storm in May and Imawildandcrazyguy.
Since the 20-horse rule began in 1984, the race went off with the maximum field twice — in 2005 when Giacomo won at 50-1 odds and last year when Barbaro won by 6 1/2 lengths. There have been 19 starters five times under the rule, most recently in 2000.
Absent from this year’s Derby will be three-time winning trainer Bob Baffert, who sent out three horses last year, and Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time winner, and Nick Zito, a two-time winner.