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Six Fair Grounds Horses Lining Up for Kentucky Derby

[updated April 29, 2011]

Six horses that raced at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots during the recently concluded 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season – Louisiana Derby winner Pants On Fire, Risen Star Stakes hero Mucho Macho Man, Louisiana Derby runner-up Nehro, Risen Star runner-up Santiva, Sugar Bowl Stakes winner Archarcharch and Risen Star fifth Decisive Moment – are considered “likely” to make their next start in the May 7 Kentucky Derby, according to Churchill Downs officials. The field is determined by graded stakes earnings.

Four of Fair Grounds’ most popular jockeys are also expected to appear in the Kentucky Derby, the world’s most famous horse race held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, flagship property of Fair Grounds’ parent company, Churchill Downs Incorporated. Rosie Napravnik, the first female to ever lead the rider standings at Fair Grounds with 110 wins this season, will retain the mount on Pants On Fire, trainer Kelly Breen confirmed earlier this month. Meanwhile, Robby Albarado, seven-time leading rider at Fair Grounds, is set to ride Spiral Stakes winner Animal Kingdom; Shaun Bridgmohan, leading rider here during the 2009-2010 season and second to Napravnik this year, has been named aboard Santiva; and Kerwin Clark, eighth in the Fair Grounds standings last season, will retain the call on Decisive Moment.

Fair Grounds Horses Pointing to the Kentucky Derby

Horse, Owner, Overall Record   
Graded Earnings, Trainer, Jockey, Fair Grounds Record

Archarcharch, Robert & Loval Yagos, 6-3-1-1 (won Arkansas Derby, Southwest Stakes)   
$780,000, Jinks Fires, Jon Court, 1-1-0-0 (won Sugar Bowl Stakes)

Pants On Fire, George & Lori Hall, 8-2-3-1 (won Louisiana Derby, 2nd Lecomte Stakes)
$623,000, Kelly Breen, Rosie Napravnik, 3-1-1-0 (won Louisiana Derby, 2nd Lecomte Stakes)   

Nehro, Zayat Stables, 5-1-2-0 (2nd Arkansas Derby, 2nd Louisiana Derby)
$400,000, Steve Asmussen, Corey Nakatani, 1-0-1-0 (2nd Louisiana Derby)

Mucho Macho Man, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Dream Team One Racing, 8-2-3-2 (Won Risen Star Stakes, 3rd Louisiana Derby)
$370,000, Kathy Ritvo, Rajiv Maragh, 2-1-0-1, (Won Risen Star Stakes, 3rd Louisiana Derby)

Decisive Moment, Just for Fun Stable,  8-2-2-3 (Won Jean Lafitte S., 2nd Delta Jackpot)
$301,000, Juan Arias, Kerwin Clark, 1-0-0-0 (5th, Risen Star S.)

Santiva, Tom Walters, 6-1-3-1 (Won Kentucky Jockey Club S. at 2)
$242,397, Eddie Kenneally, Shaun Bridgmohan, 1-0-1-0, (2nd, Risen Star Stakes)