Derby Undercard: Eclipse Winner Whitmore is a fan favorite in deep field of 13 for the Churchill Downs – Past The Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky.RobertLaPenta, trainerRonMoquettandHead of Plains Partners Eclipse Award winnerWhitmorelooms large in a field of 13 for the 86th running of the $500,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford (GI).

The seven-furlong main track test goes as the 10th race Saturday with a 4:31 p.m. post time.

Whitmore, winner of the Breeders Cup Sprint (GI) last fall atKeenelandto earn champion sprinter honors for 2020, will be making his third start in the Churchill Downs. He was fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019 that marked his most recent start at Churchill Downs. Whitmore will exit post nine and be ridden byRicardo Santana Jr.

Among the challengers to Whitmore is two-time Grade I winnerMind Control. Trained byGregg Sacco, Mind Control returned from a 3 -month layoff with a runner-up finish in the Carter Handicap (GI) on April 3 to begin his 2021 campaign.IradOrtiz Jr. has the mount and will leave post two.

The field for the Churchill Downs, with riders and weights from the rail out, is:

1. Phat Man(Javier Castellano, 118 pounds)

2. Mind Control (IradOrtiz Jr., 118)

3. Basin(Jose Ortiz, 118)

4. Flagstaff(LuisSaez, 118)

5. Tap It to Win(John Velazquez, 118)

6. Attachment Rate (JoeTalamo, 118)

7. Shashashakemeup(FlorentGeroux, 118)

8. Get the Prize(Miguel Mena, 118)

9. Whitmore (Ricardo Santana Jr., 123)

10. Bango(MarcelinoPedrozaJr., 118)

11. Hog Creek Hustle(CoreyLanerie, 118)

12. Endorsed(Joel Rosario, 118)

13. Lexitonian(TylerGaffalione, 118)

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