Kentucky Derby Profile: King Fury

King Fury won at Keeneland last time out. Can his form follow up to Churchill Downs?
King Fury won at Keeneland last time out. Can his form follow up to Churchill Downs?

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Both our in-house handicapper take a look at all the horses in the Kentucky Derby.

All their results over the past 12 months are listed below along with their Morning Line Odds and the full field of runners for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby.

This piece is all about the final winner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby - Lexington winner King Fury. He''ll go off from Post Position #16 and whilst not a play here - don't sleep on him in big races down the road...

King Fury Results
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Distance
  • Finish

Date

  • April 20, 2021
  • November 28, 2020
  • November 6, 2020
  • October 25, 2020
  • October 3, 2020
  • September 3, 2020

Race

  • Lexington Stakes (G3)
  • Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)
  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)
  • Street Sense Stakes
  • Breeders' Futurity (G1)
  • MSW

Track

  • Keeneland
  • Churchill Downs
  • Keeneland
  • Churchill Downs
  • Keeneland
  • Churchill Downs

Distance

  • 1m 1/16
  • 1m 1/16
  • 1m 1/16
  • 1m 1/16
  • 1m 1/16
  • 1m 1/16

Finish

  • 1st
  • 5th
  • 7th
  • 1st
  • 8th
  • 1st
Kentucky Derby Entries & Post Positions 2021
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  • Horse
  • Morning Line Odds
  • Jockey
  • Trainer

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Horse

  • Known Agenda
  • Like the King
  • Brooklyn Strong
  • Keepmeinmind
  • Sainthood
  • O Besos
  • Mandaloun
  • Medina Spirit
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • Midnight Bourbon
  • Dynamic One
  • Helium
  • Hidden Stash
  • Essential Quality
  • Rock Your World
  • King Fury
  • Highly Motivated
  • Super Stock
  • Soup and Sandwich
  • Bourbonic

Morning Line Odds

  • 6-1
  • 50-1
  • 50-1
  • 50-1
  • 50-1
  • 20-1
  • 15-1
  • 15-1
  • 8-1
  • 20-1
  • 20-1
  • 50-1
  • 50-1
  • 2-1fav
  • 5-1
  • 20-1
  • 10-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1
  • 30-1

Jockey

  • Irad Ortiz
  • Drayden Van Dyke
  • Umberto Rispoli
  • David Cohen
  • Corey Lanerie
  • Marcelino Pedroza
  • Florent Geroux
  • John Velazquez
  • Flavien Prat
  • Mike Smith
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Julien Leparoux
  • Rafael Bejarano
  • Luis Saez
  • Joel Rosario
  • Brian Hernandez Jr.
  • Javier Castellano
  • Ricardo Santana Jr.
  • Tyler Gaffalione
  • Kendrick Carmouche

Trainer

  • Todd Pletcher
  • Wesley Ward
  • Daniel Velazquez
  • Robertino Diodoro
  • Todd Pletcher
  • Greg Foley
  • Brad Cox
  • Bob Baffert
  • Doug O'Neill
  • Steve Asmussen
  • Todd Pletcher
  • Mark Casse
  • Victoria Oliver
  • Brad Cox
  • John Sadler
  • Kenny McPeek
  • Chad Brown
  • Steve Asmussen
  • Mark Casse
  • Todd Pletcher

Sean's Take...

He certainly improved a good deal off his 2-year-old form in his 2021 debut in the G3 Lexington, a win that netted him a competitive Beyer of 96, however he got a monstrous pace to run at and that race was contested on a sloppy track. He may very well have turned a corner at 3, but I seriously doubt he’s going to get such an ideal setup again and he’s also wheeling back on relatively short rest. He’s not for me this time around, though he could make some noise later in the year if the Lexington proves a harbinger of things to come.

J.N's Take...

Joining the fray as of last Friday Night, this Kenny McPeek router might be coming to the dance fashionably late, but he made it. That is all that counts. The colt out of Curlin ran big last out at Keeneland in the Grade III Lexington Stakes, and that win put these connections into the Derby. Of course, he got some help with the defections of Dream Shake and Hozier. That is the way the Trail bends this late in the year.

Brian Hernandez has had an excellent 2021, first at the Fair Grounds and then at Keeneland. A well-bred 3-yr-old, McPeek has this one going in the proper direction for Three Chimneys, who is a partial owner. Rarely have Lexington S. runners had a chance to make an impact on the KYD. Maybe this is the chance to write some history. McPeek has yet to win this leg of the Triple Crown, so it will be interesting to see how this one runs. His price back at the Fasig-Tipton 2019 Sale was massive at $950k. Time to live up to that hefty price tag...

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Kentucky Derby 2021 Racecard

14
PP 14

Essential Quality

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Luis Saez /
  • Trainer: Brad Cox /
Morning Line Odds

Brad Cox finally has a Derby horse (two actually) but he rolls into Churchill Downs with the favorite. Undefeated and oozes class. 2-1 is short for me but our turf-man has him as his selection.

15
PP 15

Rock Your World

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Joel Rosario /
  • Trainer: John Sadler /
Morning Line Odds

A very very impressive winner of the Santa Anita Derby. Installed as the 5-1 second-favorite. Has only run once on dirt and blew away a good field. Not entirely sure if he's the real deal but I know he's got a real chance.

1
PP 1

Known Agenda

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Irad Ortiz /
  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher /
Morning Line Odds

Tricky inside Post Position. Arguably the most effected by the PP draw. 6-1 on the Morning Line should drift. Not heavily fancied by the HR.net team

9
PP 9

Hot Rod Charlie

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Flavien Prat /
  • Trainer: Doug O'Neill /
Morning Line Odds

A California invader who impressively took out the Louisiana Derby. He may well provide the early speed. Win contender.

17
PP 17

Highly Motivated

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Javier Castellano /
  • Trainer: Chad Brown /

Plenty of buzz surrounding this Into Mischief colt. Went stride for stride with Essential Quality at the Blue Grass. He will be our editor's pick.

7
PP 7

Mandaloun

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Florent Geroux /
  • Trainer: Brad Cox /

If you are looking at a value play from the middle of the odds then Mandaloun may well be it. That clunker at the Louisiana Derby has people worried but if was just one of those days - 15-1 could be long.

8
PP 8

Medna Spirit

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: John Velazquez /
  • Trainer: Bob Baffert /

Bob Baffert's only Derby horse. Was at #1 with our in-house handicapper for the final few weeks of the Prep season. Our editor likes him too. Real game horse who won't let anybody down. 15-1 screams value.

11
PP 11

Dynamic One

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Jose Ortiz /
  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher /

If Dynamic One is in the mix for the Derby then it'll be quite the surprise. Runner-up to stablemate Bourbonic in the Wood Memorial. Real long-shot.

16
PP 16

King Fury

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr. /
  • Trainer: Kenny McPeek /

Kenny McPeek is a darn good trainer. This horse is getting better with every race. Can he get in and among the front-runners coming down the stretch? I'm dubious but you can't just rule him out.

10
PP 10

Midnight Bourbon

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: Mike Smith /
  • Trainer: Steve Asmussen /

Plenty of tactical speed for a nice horse who seems a step below the top contenders. Could win if everything - and I mean everything - falls his way. Most likely to be in the mix for the exotics if anything however.

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