Kentucky Derby Profile: Midnight Bourbon

Mike Smith gets the call to ride Midnight Bourbon at the Derby
Mike Smith gets the call to ride Midnight Bourbon at the Derby
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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 Midnight Bourbon. He's got Post Position 10 and brings tactical speed. Will it be enough to win? Highly unlikely. Will it be enough to find his way into some exotics? Possibly...

Midnight Bourbon Results
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Distance
  • Finish

Date

  • March 20, 2021
  • February 13, 2021
  • January 16, 2021
  • October 10, 2020
  • September 5, 2020
  • August 22, 2020
  • July 25, 2020

Race

  • Louisiana Derby (G2)
  • Risen Star Stakes (G2)
  • Lecomte Stakes (G3)
  • Champagne Stakes (G1)
  • Iroquois Stakes (G3)
  • MSW
  • MSW

Track

  • Fair Grounds
  • Fair Grounds
  • Fair Grounds
  • Belmont Park
  • Churchill Downs
  • Ellis Park
  • Ellis Park

Distance

  • 1m 3/16
  • 1m 1/8
  • 1m 1/16
  • 1m
  • 1m
  • 1m
  • 1m

Finish

  • 2nd
  • 3rd
  • 1st
  • 3rd
  • 2nd
  • 1st
  • 2nd
Kentucky Derby Entries & Post Positions 2021
  • Post Position
  • Horse
  • Morning Line Odds
  • Jockey
  • Trainer

Post Position

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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...

It’s hard to see a path to victory in this running of the Derby for Midnight Bourbon, but he ran consistently well in all three Fair Grounds preps and with no killers in this group (sorry, Essential Quality) it’s the right year to see if you can get lucky. He’s a horse with good tactical speed that has already been acquainted with the Churchill Downs main track, so luck could have a way of finding him, and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see him in the exotics mix here.

J.N's Take...

Before stablemate Super Stock sprung the upset in the Arkansas Derby (G1), this son of Tiznow was probably going to be Steve Asmussen’s only entry in KYD147. His experiences, running through the Louisiana Series of “Preps,” was nothing short of impressive. When you consider those fields and the company, finishing 1st in the Lecomte (G3), then 3rd in the Risen Star (G2), and finally, 2nd in the LA Derby, that is actually a nice list of performances.

Bred by Stonestreet Stables, the Winchell-owned entry doesn’t excite with his running style, and that could be why he is being overlooked as one of the possible frontrunners. There is nothing particularly wrong with the way he competes, and looking ahead to the Derby, getting HOF rider Mike Smith sounds like a dream. Smith has so many major wins under his helmet, that they do not call him “Big Money” for nothing.

The connections are happy to have him, I am sure. This past week, during workouts at Churchill, this colt got loose, and there were some tense moments as handlers scrambled to corral him before he hurt himself or others. He seemed on edge. Everything worked out, so use that information as you see fit . . . ready to run, or a basket-case with all the hoopla that is in store during Derby Week? 

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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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