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Wicked Strong

As the son of 2007 Kentucky Derby runner up Hard Spun, who was a grade one winner and runner up in the Breeders Cup Classic, and after coming off a win in the Grade One Wood Memorial at Aqueduct last month ,Wicked Strong has moved into the forefront as a top Kentucky Derby contender.

The Kentucky Derby will be run from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY on Saturday, May 3.

Overview

Wicked Strong opened at BetPhoenix as a +500 choice Kentucky Derby odds. Wicked Strong is a 3 year old colt that is owned by Centennial Farms and trained by James Jerkens with a pedigree of Hard Spun and Moyne Abbey by Charismatic. Wicked Strong has a total of 6 career starts with 2 wins, 1 place, and one show with total career earnings of over $704,000. Centennial Farms has been in the horse racing business since 1982 and was created by Donald Little who was an experienced horseman before launching this thoroughbred venture. Wicked Strong was named in honor of the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. James Jerkens is from a racing family and the son of Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens. He was his father’s top assistant before starting his own stable and now boasts a 40 horse barn. Wicked Strong has a pedigree that makes for excellent stamina.

Past Performances

Wicked Strong is coming off a win at the Wood Memorial on April 5 as a 15-1 choice with jockey Rajiv Maragh aboard. The Wood Memorial had a distance of one and one eighth of a mile and the track was fast. Wicked Strong had post position number one and started out the race in 6th position where he remained through the three quarter pole before heading into the stretch where he was in 4th place and came on strong to overtake three horses for a going away win in which he was kicking strong. Prior to that Wicked Strong had a 4th place finish in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park and a 9th place finish in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. So while the win at the Wood Memorial is impressive handicappers must wonder which Wicked Strong they will get in the Derby.

 
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