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Pletcher’s posse runs 6-7 deep

Trainer could saddle six or seven horses for this year’s Run for the Roses
Todd Pletcher, who shares the Kentucky Derby record with five horses saddled at the Run for the Roses, could field as many as six or seven in this year’s race May 4 at Churchill Downs. “Right now, at this stage, I can’t recall having this depth,” the trainer said.
Violence, jockeyed by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, was a perfect 3-for-3 last season as a 2-year-old. Now 3, the ballyhooed thoroughbred will make his debut at the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
AP’s Top 10 horses in the Run for the Roses

Here’s our current Top 10 for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs, with trainers, jockeys, résumé, what’s next and their odds to win the Run for the Roses:



1. Shanghai Bobby (Todd Pletcher, Rosie Napravnik): 2-year-old champion went 4 furlongs in 49.60 on Sunday at Palm Meadows, his first work since running second in Holy Bull. ... Went 5-for-5 at 2, including wins in Hopeful, Champagne, BC Juvenile. ... Next start: Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, March 30. ... Future Derby Wager odds: 14-1.

2. Itsmyluckyday (Eddie Plesa Jr., Elvis Trujillo): Holy Bull winner has plenty of time to get ready for final prep. ... Next workout set for Friday in Florida. ... Owned by Laurie Plesa and Trilogy Stable. ... Next start: Florida Derby. ... Odds: 13-1.

3. Goldencents (Doug O’Neill, Kevin Krigger): Sham winner worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.40 last week at Santa Anita. ... Trainer of Derby, Preakness winner I’ll Have Another has another contender in He’s Had Enough (set to run Saturday in Fountain of Youth). Co-owned by Rick Pitino. ... Next start: San Felipe, Santa Anita, March 9. ... Odds: 20-1.

4. Violence (Pletcher, Javier Castellano): All eyes will be on heavily favored colt in 3-year-old debut. ... Won all three races last year, including CashCall Futurity (Dec. 15). ... Next start: Fountain of Youth, Gulfstream Park, Saturday. ... Odds: 13-1.

5. Verrazano (Pletcher, John Velazquez) ... Worked 4 furlongs in 48.05 at Palm Meadows on Sunday. ... Has a pair of wins at Gulfstream by a combined 24 lengths .... Next start: Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, March 9. ... Odds: 11-1.

6. Flashback (Bob Baffert, Julien Leparoux): Robert B. Lewis winner worked 4 furlongs in 47 4/5 a week ago ... Son of Tapit is 2-for-2. Next start: San Felipe. ... Odds: 12-1.

7. Super Ninety Nine (Baffert, Rafael Bejarano): Looked super in winning Southwest by 11 1/4 lengths over slop Monday. ... Now 2-for-2 but next start could be back at Oaklawn or home at Santa Anita. ... Next start: Undecided. Odds: 47-1.

8. Overanalyze (Pletcher, Velazquez): Worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 on Sunday at Palm Meadows. ... Remsen winner staying warm until return to trip to New York. ... Next start: Gotham, Aqueduct, March 2. ... Odds: 33-1.

9. Den’s Legacy (Baffert, Garrett Gomez): Just two wins from 10 starts but has run second five times. ... Ran second in Robert B. Lewis and Sham. ... Next start: Gotham or Rebel, Oaklawn Park, March 16 ... Odds: 77-1.

10. Oxbow (D. Wayne Lukas, Jon Court): LeComte winner among 15 entered for Risen Star. ... Lukas looking for chance to win fifth Derby. ... Next start: Risen Star, Saturday. ... Odds: 26-1.



Keep an eye on: Dynamic Sky, He’s Had Enough, Normandy Invasion, Revolutionary, Shakin It Up.

Pletcher’s posse runs 6-7 deep

Todd Pletcher, who shares the Kentucky Derby record with five horses saddled at the Run for the Roses, could field as many as six or seven in this year’s race May 4 at Churchill Downs. “Right now, at this stage, I can’t recall having this depth,” the trainer said.
Violence, jockeyed by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, was a perfect 3-for-3 last season as a 2-year-old. Now 3, the ballyhooed thoroughbred will make his debut at the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
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