Archives for April 30, 2019

2019 Kentucky Derby: New Jersey hopes rest with Vekoma, Tax

A year ago it was Firenze Fire that boasted local ownership, and this year it’s Vekoma and Tax that have ties to the Garden State.

Franklin Lakes resident Raymond Hill, III, who grew up attending Monmouth Park, who owns a piece of two starters in the Run for the Roses, part of partnerships in both Tax and Vekoma.

The versatile Vekoma, a son of Candy Ride who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, is coming off a 3 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, having won three of four career starts for trainer George Weaver.

Hill owns Vekoma, a $130,000 yearling purchase, along with New Hampshire brothers Ted and Mike Gatsas.

Tax, ridden by Junior Alvarado and trained by Danny Gargan, ran second in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in his last start, finishing behind Tacitus, a closer who is expected to be one of the top choices in the Derby.

Posts for the 145th Kentucky Derby

Run for the Roses, Saturday May 4, 2019

Here is the post position draw for this Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby

1.War of Will, 20/1

2. Tax, 20/1

3. By My Standards, 20/1

4. Gray Magician, 50/1

5. Improbable, 6/1

6. Vekoma, 20/1

7. Maximum Security, 10/1

8. Tacitus, 10/1

9. Plus Que Parfait, 30/1

10. Cutting Humor, 30/1

11. Haikal, 30/1

12. Omaha Beach, 4/1

13. Code Of Honor, 15/1

14. Win Win Win, 15/1

15. Master Fencer, 50/1

16. Game Winner, 5/1

17. Roadster, 6/1

18. Long Range Toddy, 30/1

19. Spinoff, 30/1

20. Country House, 30/1

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21. Bodemeister, 30/1

Wet track appears very likely for this year’s KY Derby.

COMING SOON

Rich Nilsen’s full-card Kentucky Derby analysis

with commentary on ALL 20 Starters.