(Will this be the side that the rest of the horses see in this year’s Kentucky Derby? Art Collector walks back to the barn on Sunday after winning the Ellis Park Derby / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
Can anyone tell me how many times a New York-bred horse has won the Kentucky Derby? Off the top of your head? Quickly now? How many?
The Kentucky Derby has been run 145 times up until this crazy year of 2020. The Kentucky Derby is one of the longest running Stakes races in the history of the sport and the game. The Kentucky Derby is one of the most time-honored and deeply respected events in any sport, anywhere.
And, how many New York-breds have won it?
There have been three fillies to win it in the past. There was Regret, Genuine Risk and Winning Colors. And, don’t even get me started on “what could have been,” or “what might can be” in this year. This year, I truly believe one of the top 3YOs in the world is a filly. If only she could possibly find the starting gate. If only the connections were half as game as Gamine? If only?
There has been a total of 115 geldings that have run in the Kentucky Derby since 1908. Prior to then, the records are really incomplete. Kind of like a gelding, but that’s another story. Nine of them were post time favorites. Only nine of them have won.
The records are really incomplete on how many ridglings have won the “Run for the Roses.” Try digging that statistic up, although in 2016 the 5th place finisher was Suddenbreakingnews, who was originally listed as a gelding and was soon discovered to be a ridgling. Honor A.P. falls into that category this year. Talk about bucking history.
But we digress. Back to our original question.
How many New York-breds that have won the Kentucky Derby?
For all you historians out there, there has been one.
The loneliest number, according to the old rock and roll band Three Dog Night.
To this date, Funny Cide is the first — and only — to win the Kentucky Derby. He did it in 2003.
In addition, the son of Distorted Humor was the first gelding to win the Kentucky Derby, too, since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.
And, to make things even more statistic crazy?
Funny Cide was trained by, none other, Barclay Tagg.
Now, 17 years later, Tagg is back. Another New York-bred is back in the hunt to win the Kentucky Derby. Now, the Thoroughbred world has gone crazy — to say the damn least — over a 3YO colt by the name of Tiz the Law.
(Aptly named colt, by the way. In a world that seems hell bent on breaking the law, it is a horse by the name of Tiz the Law that has captured the headlines, if not the mind-set. But that’s an editorial waiting to be written on another day.)
Tiz the Law stamped his credentials and his ticket to Louisville on Saturday by running off to an impressive and runaway win in the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga — easily whipping any and all that dared to run.
Now, going into the “First Saturday in September” and the revamped Kentucky Derby 2020, the son of Constitution is a perfect 4-for-4 this year. He’s been so good, in fact, many are claiming that he is about as perfect as his polished record.
Now, going into the 146th Kentucky Derby, many are saying that Tiz the Law may be the lowest odds of any favorite in recent years. After all, he has won the G1 Belmont Stakes, the G1 Florida Derby, and the G3 Holy Bull in succession. After all, no horse has even been close to giving him a race. After all, he has laid down “The Law.”
Now, some of the pundits are ready to just hand over the Kentucky Derby trophy — roses and all — without even the mention or the hassle of a race. Why not, the horse is invincible.
Well, remind me how many New York-breds have won the Kentucky Derby?
We will stick with Art Collector, who just won the Ellis Park Derby on Sunday in a style and manner that many would have claimed brilliant if not for Tiz the Law and his performance on Saturday.
After all, Art Collector is undefeated this year, too. He, too, has run four times this year. In addition to winning the Ellis Park Derby, Art Collector has won the G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, and two allowance races at Churchill Downs.
After all, Art Collector has been unbeatable since being moved to the steady hands of trainer Tommy Drury.
After all, Art Collector has been nearly unbeatable since moving to the dirt surface late last year. The only thing that could beat him was a dirty test result after a 71/2-length win in a 6-furlong sprint.
After all, Art Collector has never lost on the dirt at Churchill Downs. On the other hand, Tiz the Law ran third on the dirt in his last loss — in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last November
And, most of all, Art Collector is a Kentucky-bred.
Know how many times a Kentucky-bred has won the Kentucky Derby?
More than once.
Here’s our look at our Top 20 rankings:
|Horse||Sire||Trainer||Jockey||Last Race||Next Race||Comments|
|1||Art Collector||Bernardini||Tom Drury||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||1st in the Ellis Park Derby||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Simply “The Best” in Ellis Park Derby & Last Major Prep / Game On|
|2||Gamine||Into Mischief||Bob Baffert||John Velazquez||1st in the G1 Test Stakes||G1 KY Oaks||She Will Run in the KY Oaks, But One Could Dream / Preakness?|
|3||Authentic||Into Mischief||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||1st in G1 Haskell Invitational||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Doubters Abound, I’ve Got No Doubt /I Am Not a Doubter|
|4||Tiz the Law||Constitution||Barclay Tagg||Manny Franco||1st in G1 Travers Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Will Enter the Starting Gate As “The Favorite” in the 146 KY Derby/ So?|
|5||Honor A.P.||Honor Code||John Sherriffs||Mike Smith||2nd in Shared Belief Stakes||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Needed the Shared Belief / Sitting On a Big One? / Maybe|
|6||Ny Traffic||Cross Traffic||S. Joseph, Jr.||Paco Lopez||2nd in the G1 Haskell Invitational||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||May Be The Best NY-Bred 3YO This Year|
|7||King Guillermo||Uncle Mo||Juan Avila||Sammy Camacho||2nd in G1 Arkansas Derby (2)||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Odds Will Drift Lunar After This Weekend Reassured Bettors on Top 2|
|8||Max Player||Honor Code||Linda Rice||Joel Rosario||3rd in the G1 Travers Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Not A Reach or a Stretch to Say This One Could Win the “Roses”|
|9||Dr Post||Quality Road||Todd Pletcher||Joe Bravo||3rd in the G1 Haskell Invitational||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Not a Huge Fan / But Capable of Hitting Board, Maybe?|
|10||Thousand Words||Pioneerof the Nile||Bob Baffert||Abel Cedillo||1st in the Shared Belief Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||“We’ve Been In & Out of Love & In-Between” — To Quote Mr. Strait|
|11||Caracaro||Uncle Mo||Gustavao Delgado||Javier Castellano||2nd in G1 Traves Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||No Threat, But Did Run 2nd to the KY Derby Favorite Tiz the Law|
|12||Ete Indien||Summer Front||Patrick Biancone||Florent Geroux||4th in GP Allowance||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Got His First Work Since the Allowance Debacle on July 28 / Not Good|
|13||Sole Volante||Karakontie||Patrick Biancone||Luca Panici||6th in G1 Belmont Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Got His First Work on July 31 Since Belmont Stakes / Not Good II|
|14||Enforceable||Tapit||Mark Casse||Joel Rosario||4th in the G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||A “Mystery Horse;” Talented, but Troubled|
|15||Storm The Court||Court Vision||Peter Eurton||Flavien Prat||2nd in the La Jolla Stakes||TBD||What Is Next For This One? He Ran On Grass Sunday|
|16||Major Fed||Ghostzapper||Greg Foley||James Graham||2nd in the G3 Indiana Derby||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Skipped the Ellis Park Derby / Worked “Great” Instead|
|17||Shared Sense||Street Sense||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||5th in the Ellis Park Derby||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Dropped To Far Back at Ellis / Not Embarrassed by “Collector”|
|18||Country Grammer||Tonalist||Chad Brown||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||5th in the G1 Travers Stakes||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Did Not Move Forward in Travers Stakes / Troubles Us|
|19||Attachment Rate||Hard Spun||Dale Romans||Joe Talamo||2nd in the Ellis Park Derby||G1 Kentucky Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Stuck Around to Make Art Collector Work Some / Next?|
|20A||Uncle Chuck||Uncle Mo||Bob Baffert||Luis Saez||6th in G1 Travers Stakes||TBD||Spit the Bit in Travers / Next?|
|20B||Cezanne||Curlin||Bob Baffert||Favien Prat||4th in the Shared Belief Stakes||G1 KY Derby — CD on Sept. 5||Ran Last in the Shared Belief, but Was Beaten 4 / Can He Go Distance?|