A Trio to Consider in the Kentucky Jockey Club

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Road to the 2021 Kentucky Derby stops at the home of the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Churchill Downs hosts the $200,000, Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. The winner gets 10 Derby qualifying points, second receives four, third earns two and fourth place is awarded a lone point.

The winner will join the likes of SITTING ON GO, GET HER NUMBER, JACKIE'S WARRIOR and 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion ESSENTIAL QUALITY in the top five of the current standings. For those that don't find the Churchill Downs winners' circle in the Jockey Club Stakes, another 30, US-based Kentucky Derby qualifiers remain.

Taking home the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes crown won't be enough to earn a spot in the 2021 KD. However, it's a good first step as five of the past 10 winners went on to run for the roses. SUPER SAVER was the last horse to pull off the Kentucky Jockey Club and Kentucky Derby double. He's has the 2010 Kentucky Derby trophy on his mantle along with the 2009 Jockey Club hardware.

If SITTING ON GO (PP: 1 ML 5-1) scores today, he'll move into sole possession of second place with 20 points. He earned the winner's 10 in the first stop on the 2021 road to the Kentucky Derby, the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill. Due to the pandemic rearranging the Triple Crown Schedule, the Iroquois was run on the same September Saturday as the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

The Albaugh Family Stables' horse is the oddsmaker's second choice at morning line odds of 5-1 with his entry mate SMILEY SOBOTKA (PP: 1A ML 5-1). SITTING ON GO got smoked in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, finishing ninth of 14. He never fired for trainer Dale Romans. A bad race is not uncommon for two-year-olds as they can be unpredictable.

KEEPMEINMIND (PP: 4 ML 6/5) is the one to beat according to his morning line favorite status. He also ran in the Breeders Cup Juvenile and finished third, trying to go from worst to first. He started 14th of 14, giving up a whopping 17 lengths out of the gate. He rallied hard after being bumped at the start, but just didn't have enough at the end. And that's the problem with KEEPMEINMIND, he gets off to a slow start and tries to chase them all down. It hasn't worked yet as he is 0 for three with the BC third and a pair of seconds in a trio of races.

KING FURY (PP: 7 ML 6-1) also ran in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and finished in the middle of the pack, seventh of 14. It was the second time he faced off with KEEPMEINMIND, ending his day well behind the pre-race favorite both times. But... unlike KEEPMEINMIND, KING FURY knows the taste of victory, collecting the big check in two of his four starts, both at Churchill Downs in two outings at the Louisville track. A horse for the course?

It's our view that one of the three that ran in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile will take home the Kentucky Jockey Club prize. They've faced the stiffest competition by a wide margin and appear to be the class of the field.

SITTING ON GO is our choice to wear the crown and have a 50/50 shot to run on the first Saturday of May. However, two year olds are, as we said up top, unpredictable.


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