Kentucky Derby Profile: Sainthood

Todd Pletcher's Sainthood came through the Derby prep scene at Turfway Park and that isn't expected to harbor a winner
Todd Pletcher's Sainthood came through the Derby prep scene at Turfway Park and that isn't expected to harbor a winner

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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 runner-up in the Jeff Ruby - Sainthood. Tough to think he's anything but a back-runner but our turf-man isn't completely ruling him out. He has the five-post...

Sainthood Results
  • Date
  • Race
  • Track
  • Distance
  • Finish

Date

  • March 27, 2021
  • February 13, 2021
  • January 9, 2021

Race

  • Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3)
  • MSW
  • MSW

Track

  • Turfway Park
  • Fair Grounds
  • Gulfstream Park

Distance

  • 1m 1/8
  • 1m 1/16
  • 6f

Finish

  • 2nd
  • 1st
  • 2nd
Kentucky Derby Entries & Post Positions 2021
  • Post Position
  • 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...

If I have no use for the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks winner, then it’s probably a safe bet I’m not interested in the runner-up. While that is mostly true, there’s no doubt Sainthood was best that day as he was stymied at a critical point of the race and was gaining on Like the King at the finish. I actually think this horse could have a future, however this is only his fourth career start and he’d need to run the race of his life just to get a small piece of this. He’s another hard pass for me, but I’ll be keeping tabs on this one.

J.N's Take...

The route through Northern Kentucky and Turfway Park sounds inviting since it happens to be in the same state as Churchill Downs. However, the racetracks are fundamentally different in the way that they align. Running on the All-Weather surface has difficulty translating to the good old-fashioned dirt of the Twin Spires.

Churchill Downs Inc. owns both, but that is about where the similarities end. History is really not on the side of the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) runners. The final Pletcher entry (and yes, there are 4 of them), is a colt out of Mshawish. If you don’t remember that sire as a router, then you should go look at this form. Some of his state-side notoriety came on the grass, competing in some of the signature events for trainer Pletcher. I wouldn’t say his progeny are in high-demand, but so far, this 3-yr-old by him is easily the best when it comes to earnings.

The Jeff Ruby 2nd place score was toothsome, as he just missed catching Welsey Ward’s Like The King. Posting a speed number like 93 makes one take notice, but it is going to be hard to swallow that this one can hit the board in KYD147. It is probably better to think that this one might end up being a quality turf horse later in the season. Winstar Farm might not want to hear that, but the bloodlines are there to back up such an assertion.

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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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