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Practical Joke - Possible Kentucky Derby Contender

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Practical Joke – 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 Practical Joke, one of the contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby to be run at Churchill Downs.

Practical Joke Kentucky Derby Bio

Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Pedigree: Into Mischief – Halo Humor, by Distorted Humor

Last Race Result: 2nd Place, Blue Grass Stakes, 4/8/17

Practical Joke Career Statistics

Starts: 6

Wins: 3

Places: 2

Shows: 1

Earnings: $1,015,800

Practical Joke Kentucky Derby Odds

Practical Joke didn't end up winning the Blue Grass Stakes. Had he fought off Irap in the stretch run, he would have ultimately probably been the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby at this point. Alas, he was second best and is now actually the third choice to win the Derby just amongst the Blue Grass competitors at a price of 11 to 1. That's probably about accurate, too. This is a big horse with a legitimate shot to win the Derby, but he's got to be at his best to get the job done.

Practical Joke Kentucky Derby Analysis

By all accounts, Practical Joke is a big time horse. He was running in Grade 1 races as a two-year old and winning them, and as a result, he was amongst the early Kentucky Derby favorites thanks to his wins at the Hopeful Stakes and the Champagne Stakes. He was third best in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a result that most figured was relatively fair, and he opened up his three-year old campaign by finishing a distant second to another Derby contender, Gunnevera in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. He was second best at the Blue Grass as well after that.

Sure, it's a concern that Practical Joke hasn't won since last October, and he's never won outside of the state of New York in three tries on three different tracks, but he's also hit the board in every race he's run, and he's one of the few three-year olds who are worth over a million bucks already in their career.

We're just not exactly sure what type of horse Practical Joke is, and we're not all that sure Chad Brown has figured it out either. He was in a decent stalking position at the Blue Grass and looked three times like he was going to put Irap away. He was a trailer at the Fountain of Youth and seemed positioned well before getting put away by Gunnevera. He was a late runner in the Champagne Stakes and won, while he was a stalker at the Hopeful Stakes and put on perhaps his best showing of his career.

We're not fond of horses without identities, but we do love the fact that, in a field where there should be plenty of speed that isn't all that serious, Practical Joke isn't afraid to run far off the pace. He's probably going to have to if he's going to have any degree of success at the Kentucky Derby.

But there's no doubt that it would be foolish to forget about all of the great races this colt had as a two-year old. Is it possible that he's topped out and won't be getting any better than this in his career? Sure. But generally speaking, winners are winners, and the age of two isn't where most ponies reach their ends.

Jockey choice is going to be interesting here. Joel Rosario and Joe Ortiz have both had the mount on Practical Joke in his career. Both have won. Both have lost. We really wonder if Brown is going to reach out to a newcomer who might be able to kick something into Practical Joke that he just flat out hasn't shown the rest of the world. If so, he might end up being one of the steals of the Kentucky Derby.

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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