KY Derby Watch: Mo Donegal

What to know about the 2022 Kentucky Derby horse

Mo Donegal broke his maiden at Belmont last October and closed his 2-year-old campaign with a nose victory over Zandon in the Grade 2 Remsen on Dec. 4 at Aqueduct. He opened his 2022 season with a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Holy Bull on Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park before the Wood Memorial score. … Joel Rosario rode Mo Donegal in the Wood victory but is expected to have the mount on Epicenter in the Kentucky Derby…

Todd Pletcher on Mo Donegal

Pletcher said Mo Donegal resembles his sire, Uncle Mo. “Uncle Mo stamps his offspring probably more so than any stallion in the country,” Pletcher said. “(Mo Donegal) looks like a lot of them do. He’s got the same build. He’s a good-sized colt.

You need a good trip in the Derby, and with his running style he’s going to have to work his way through some traffic,” Pletcher said after the Wood. “But I think he’s got some good experience, and he showed today he can overcome a bit of a trip and zigzag when he needs to. Most importantly, it looks like he has the stamina to see out the trip.”

AGOS Discusses the 2022 Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes

Kentucky Derby | Triple Crown Watch – The Florida Derby

Betting favorite Tiz The Law dominated in the 2020 Florida Derby in front of no fans last Saturday.  Three runners went very wide around the first turn, including #9 Independence Hall.  Fountain Of Youth winner Et Indien was washed out badly pre-race.  H got over quickly from his outside post but dueled throughout with the eventual runner-up.  He was game to hang on for third in front of my top pick, Governeur Morris, who made a wide run turning for home.  If the latter gets up for second, I win an NHC berth, but alas, thanks a lot Governeur…

Huge longshot Shivaree took advantage of  his inside post and went right to the front.  The son of Awesome Of Course showed a lot by saving some late and outfinishing Et Indien down the lane.

There’s no denying that Sackatoga Stable, of Funny Cide fame, has another nice 3yo in this grandson of Tapit.  He has a great horseman in Barclay Tagg in his corner.  Gulstream Park’s recap of Tiz The Law’s big win in the Florida Derby.

“He is something special. It would be a lot of fun going to Kentucky in five weeks, but that’s not happening, obviously,” Owner Jack Knowlton said. “Now we get to run some more races. Maybe the Wood will come back in play. Maybe we can do a Travers-Derby double. Right now it’s a blank slate. Nobody knows what’s going to happen where or when with all that’s going on in the country.”