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Bonde’s Twice The Appeal Will Break From Post Three In Kentucky Derby
Twice the Appeal, trained by Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton, will break from post position three in Saturday’s 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Twice the Appeal will be the first Kentucky Derby starter for Bonde, who has trained horses in the Bay Area for 38 years. Twice the Appeal will be ridden by Calvin Borel, the popular Cajun jockey who has won the Kentucky Derby three of the past four years.
Twice the Appeal punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby on March 27 when he won the Grade 3 $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico. The $400,000 in graded earnings that Twice the Appeal collected for the victory secured the colt a starting position in the Kentucky Derby field, which is limited to the 20 horses with the most graded stakes earnings.
Twice the Appeal, who went off at odds of 25-1 in the Sunland Derby and paid $53.20 to win, is 20-1 on the Kentucky Derby morning line. The big number won’t discourage Borel, who captured the 2009 Kentucky Derby aboard 50-1 outsider Mine That Bird, who paid $103.20. Mine That Bird entered the Kentucky Derby off a fourth-place finish in the Sunland Derby.
The morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Derby is Dialed In, winner of the Florida Derby. Dialed In is the 4-1 choice in a very wide open race.
The 20 entrants in the Grade 1 $2 million Kentucky Derby, listed in post position order with morning-line odds, are: Archarcharch (10-1), Brilliant Speed (30-1), Twice the Appeal (20-1), Stay Thirsty (20-1), Decisive Moment (30-1), Comma to the Top (30-1), Pants On Fire (20-1), Dialed In (4-1), Derby Kitten (30-1), Twinspired (30-1), Master of Hounds (30-1), Santiva (30-1), Mucho Macho Man (12-1), Shackleford (12-1), Midnight Interlude (10-1), Animal Kingdom (30-1), Soldat (12-1), Uncle Mo (9-2), Nehro (6-1), and Watch Me Go (50-1).
Bonde will saddle two horses at Churchill Downs Saturday. Two races before the Derby, Bonde will send out his top sprinter Smiling Tiger in the Grade 2 $300,000 Churchill Downs Stakes. Jerry Hollendorfer, Northern California’s all-time leading trainer, will start Chocolate Candy in the Churchill Downs Stakes.
Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs, where post time is 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time. All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. and the track will present a 10-race program of its own. Post time for the first local race is 11:45 a.m.
Kentucky Derby Day will be a festive day at Golden Gate Fields with mint juleps, the third annual "Run For The Roses Hat Contest" ($1,800 in cash prizes), and live music between races by Pop Fiction. Two free shuttle buses will operate from the North Berkeley BART station to Golden Gate Fields throughout the day.
GGF NOTES: Friday’s entire Kentucky Oaks program at Churchill Downs will be simulcast to GGF. First post at Churchill is 7:30 a.m. GGF will open grandstand and club house gates at 7:15 a.m., the Turf Club at 10 a.m. Hollendorfer will start two horses at Churchill Friday – Blind Luck (the 2010 Kentucky Oaks winner) in the Grade 2 $300,000 La Troienne Stakes and Jakesam (runner-up in the El Camino Real Derby at GGF on Feb. 12) in the Grade 2 $200,000 American Turf Stakes….Post time at GGF Friday is 12:45 p.m.