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Irish War Cry - Possible Kentuck Derby Contender

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Irish War Cry – Possible 143 Kentucky Derby Contender & Odds

The 143 Kentucky Derby is restricted to only 20 Kentucky Derby runners and will run on Saturday, May 6, 2017, for the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Here is the latest look at Irish War Cry, one of the contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby to be run at Churchill Downs.

Irish War Cry Kentucky Derby Bio

Owner: Isabelle de Tomaso

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Pedigree: Curlin – Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers

Last Race Result: 1st Place, Wood Memorial Stakes, 4/8/17

Irish War Cry Career Statistics

Starts: 5

Wins: 4

Places: 0

Shows: 0

Earnings: $699,460

Irish War Cry Kentucky Derby Odds

We all have bad days at the office, right? For Irish War Cry, that bad day at the office came at the Fountain of Youth Stakes when he finished seventh and just flat out didn't look good. Aside from that, he's an undefeated pony, and he put on a really impressive run at the Wood Memorial Stakes to claim the 100 Derby Points and the automatic spot in the Run for the Roses that comes with it.

Now all of a sudden, Irish War Cry went from a 7 to 2 choice at the Wood to a +600 second choice to win the Kentucky Derby, and it's hard to say that that isn't warranted. Everywhere he's gone, he's been well bet upon, and with breeding like he has with Curlin in his bloodlines, it's hard to suggest he isn't a champion thoroughbred already.

Irish War Cry Kentucky Derby Analysis

The Wood Memorial wasn't exactly stacked this year, but Battalion Runner was a great horse and is capable of winning the Kentucky Derby as well. The fact that Irish War Cry ran an outside route over the course of the entire race on a big track at Aqueduct and still ultimately came out on top with an impressive romp over the course of the last eighth of a mile is telling that he has the distance in him.

The breeding, as we already alluded to, will help just that. Curlin's foals have largely been underachieving based on expectations, but the fact of the matter is that said expectations were ( and are ) so high that anything short of a Triple Crown would be considered a disappointment.

Maybe the most interesting decision ahead for H. Graham Motion is who is going to end up getting the mount on this colt. Irish War Cry has run well with Joel Rosario in the past, but at the Wood Memorial, he had Rajiv Maragh on top, and we could argue the race that he ran was the best job a jockey has done on his back over the course of his entire career.

If you're looking for things to not like about Irish War Cry, you're going to be out of luck. He had one really bad day at the office at the Fountain of Youth Stakes and just didn't look himself. His training sessions leading into that though, were a bit shaky, and since then, he has turned four furlongs in a very respectable 1:13 and 2. Not surprisingly, the first time he was on the track competitively after that breeze, he picked up his biggest win at the Wood.

The biggest downside is going to be the price. Irish War Cry might end up being the favorite at the Kentucky Derby, and he might end up just off of the favorite's heels at a price of around 7 to 1. Regardless, where he sits right now at +600 isn't an overly appealing price, though it's going to be hard to find a cause to bet against him as well when it comes to finally be the first Saturday of May.

With a maximum of 20 horses accepted into the Kentucky Derby field, there is a significant vetting process to qualify the horses among this group of three-year olds. A points system is in place to reward winners and other top finishers of the main races leading into the Derby. The Top 20 horses will get the first opportunity to run in the Kentucky Derby, though as horses bow out of the process, the next ones in the standings are given their chances until the field of 20 is set.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby wraps up the second week of April, thus ending a grueling stretch of eight months of qualifying for the top colts in the world. The field won't be finalized until the Kentucky Derby post draw on Wednesday, May 3.

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Kentucky Derby 143 Entries:

Below are some of the contenders that will possibly run the day of the race. There are 20 Derby Contenders for the race but these are the most likely ones will be confirmed a place at the event.

Possible 2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders:

Rank Horse Points Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings Graded Stakes Earnings Breeder Trainer Owner
1 Girvin 150 $840,000 $840,000 Bob Austin & John Witte Joe Sharp Brad Grady
2 Gormley 125 $884,000 $884,000 Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate John Shirreffs Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.
3 Irish War Cry 110 $676,660 $616,660 Isabelle de Tomaso H. Motion Isabelle de Tomaso
4 Irap 108 $760,000 $738,000 Aaron & Marie Jones Doug O'Neill Reddam Racing LLC
5 Always Dreaming 100 $589,000 $589,000 Santa Rosa Partners Todd Pletcher St Elias, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boys, MEB Stables
6 Gunnevera 84 $1,137,800 $1,134,200 Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch Antonio Sano Peacock Racing Stables, LLC
7 Practical Joke 74 $966,000 $966,000 Whispering Oaks Chad Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.
8 J Boys Echo 63 $305,000 $305,000 Betz, Blackburn, J. Betz, Ramsby, CNHHNK Dale Romans Albaugh Family Stables LLC
9 State of Honor 62 $310,364 $280,000 Manfred Conrad & Penny Conrad Mark Casse Conrad Farms
10 Mastery 60 $480,000 $480,000 Stone Farm Bob Baffert Cheyenne Stables LLC
11 Tapwrit 54 $325,570 $280,000 My Meadowview LLC Todd Pletcher Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and LaPenta, Robert V.
12 Epicharis (JPN) 50 $753,381 $400,000 Masatsugu Kamada Kiyoshi Hagiwara Carrot Farm
13 Malagacy 50 $540,000 $540,000 John Trumbulovic Todd Pletcher Sumaya U.S. Stable
14 McCraken 40 $385,048 $335,320 Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC Ian Wilkes Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC
15 Battle of Midway 40 $224,000 $224,000 Thor-Bred Stables, LLC Jerry Hollendorfer Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
16 Patch 40 $200,000 $200,000 Calumet Farm Todd Pletcher Calumet Farm
17 Battalion Runner 40 $140,000 $140,000 Dell Ridge Farm, LLC Todd Pletcher St. Elias Stable
18 Cloud Computing 40 $135,000 $135,000 Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Stretch Run Ventures, LLC Chad Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.
19 Mont Saint Legame (JPN) 40 $0 $0 Kawashima Bokujo Koji Maki Shinichi Yamashita
20 Untrapped 34 $210,000 $210,000 Indian Creek & Jonathan Sheppard Steven Asmussen Michael Langford
21 Classic Empire 32 $1,493,820 $1,493,820 Steven Nicholson & Brandi Nicholson Mark Casse John C. Oxley
22 El Areeb 30 $330,000 $270,000 Dixiana Farms LLC Cathal Lynch M M G Stables, LLC
23 Royal Mo 30 $213,000 $213,000 Brandywine Farm John Shirreffs Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.
24 Local Hero 30 $140,000 $140,000 Three Chimneys Farm LLC Steven Asmussen e Five Racing Thoroughbreds

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