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Irap - Possible Kentucky Derby Contender

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Irap – Possible 143 Kentucky Derby Contender & Horse Racing 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 Irap, one of the contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby to be run at Churchill Downs.

Irap Kentucky Derby Bio

Owners: Reddam Racing LLC

Trainer: Doug O'Neill

Pedigree: Tiznow – Silken Cat, by Storm Cat

Last Race Result: 1st Place, Blue Grass Stakes, 4/8/17

Irap Career Statistics

Starts: 8

Wins: 1

Places: 3

Shows: 1

Earnings: $772,600

Irap Kentucky Derby Odds

Horses that are 0-for-7 in their careers leading into April don't reach the Kentucky Derby. They just flat out don't do it. But Irap beat the odds, came back from a horrible start at the Sunland Derby on just two weeks of rest against the best field in the Kentucky Derby prep races and beat them all at the Blue Grass Stakes. He's earned his spot here at the Kentucky Derby for sure, and the four weeks off after two back-to-back grueling races is going to be well-needed and much deserved.

But there's the story of how to line this colt. We're not sure what's going to happen on the Kentucky Derby morning line odds, but Irap won't be +800 as he is right now. This is clearly an overreaction to what we saw at the Blue Grass Stakes. If he's really that good of a horse, whatever price hits the board in the beginning of Derby betting will be awesome. But if he is who he'd been up to that point, why in the world would anyone want to bet on this pony at anything less than 100 to 1?

Irap Kentucky Derby Analysis

Alright, Irap. You've got our attention. Sure, the Blue Grass Stakes wasn't the fastest ever. The 99 rating per Equibase was only just barely better than Brody's Cause last year and nowhere near what Carpe Diem and Dance With Fate pulled off in the years prior. But there's no doubting that that was a darn good field at Keeneland Park, and the fact that Irap beat them all and did it on short rest while everyone else was on regular rest shows that he's got a huge heart.

Down the stretch, Irap looked like he was going to be a beaten horse. Practical Joke and McCraken were right on his tail heading into the last two furlongs in the front stretch, and at that moment in time, we would have bet good money that he was going to finish fourth or worse. Instead, Irap just dug in and ran the biggest two furlongs of his life, looking at Practical Joke like he was a mere speed bump on the path to his first career victory.

And here, we have the biggest problem with Irap. He had literally never even led a race before in his career, let alone won one, and that makes us wonder if he needs to be more of a front running horse. He didn't come out of the box on the lead at the Blue Grass Stakes, but he was closer to the lead than he usually was and was put into a really good position by jockey Julien Leparoux. Once Irap blew past Wild Shot and led for the very first time in his career, it's like he had been there a million times before. McCraken and Practical Joke both challenged him in those last two furlongs, but he dug in for everything he was worth and put down two really good horses who will both be in the Kentucky Derby alongside him.

If Irap doesn't get to the head of the field, is he going to taper off as he did in every other race he's run aside from the Blue Grass? Because there sure isn't a precedent for him coming from off the pace and being able to win from behind. That makes him a scary play in the Kentucky Derby, particularly at a price like this. It's hard though, to say that he just flat out stands no chance to win after the guts he showed at Keeneland.

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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