KEEPMEINMIND entered the Kentucky Derby as the 50-1 longshot for trailer Robertino Diodoro. While he finished seventh in the Derby, he is likely to enter the Preakness as long as he continues to work well. His Derby performance was rather impressive, even though he finished seventh. He rallied from the last of 19 horses 20 lengths back to close just 8 ½ lengths behind winner MEDINA SPIRIT.
Horse Racing Radar's Shawn Drupp caught up with jockey David Cohen today to discuss the Derby and the upcoming Preakness.
"[The Derby] was everything you dream about. Blessed that it came when fans were at the track, only thing that could have made it better is the obvious, a win! We were extremely happy with how the horse performed.
"He came out of the Derby very well. It looks like there will be plenty of pace with a small field. Hopefully we can be in a touch closer and not have to tip out too far," says Cohen.
The Derby was also special for Cohen in that he was the first Jewish rider to ride in the Derby since 1976. Similarly, the last Jewish riders to win in the Preakness were Walter Miller with WHIMSICAL in 1906 and Willie Harmatz with ROYAL ORBIT in 1959. Walter Blum on REASON TO HAIL was the last Jewish jockey to ride in the Preakness in 1967, he finished fourth. Should Cohen hit the wire first next Saturday at Pimlico, he could have a unique place in racing history.