MoonTower Music Fest “Pick A Horse” Contest: 2017 Kentucky Derby ($100 in Prizes)

1st Place: $50 Amazon gift card
2nd-6th: $10 Starbucks gift card

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Here is a Quick-Hit Breakdown of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Field:

Each entry will get:

One Positive Point => (“+ve”)

One Negative Point => (-“ve”)


#1 Lookin at Lee

+ve => Was hauling a?$ in the G1 Arkansas Derby to finish 3rd

-ve => The number one post is a horrible post at CD for the derby


#2 Thunder Snow (IRE)

+ve => Has Christophe Soumillon as the jockey => one of the best in the world

-ve => Dubai based horse => they do not travel well


#3 Fast and Accurate

+ve => He has won his last 3 races

-ve =>He is better suited for turf or synthic surfaces => dirt makes him slow and unreliable


#4 Untrapped

+ve => Won his only race at Churchill Downs by 5 lengths

-ve => His only win was his maiden race at Churchill Downs


#5 Always Dreaming

+ve => Has won his last 3 by open lengths including the G1 Florida Derby

-ve => He has a lot of energy => he can get too charged up and a little unruly


#6 State of Honor

+ve => He is a hard knocking horse and has 10 races under his belt

-ve => He has only won one race => his maiden race


#7 Girvin

+ve => Gorgeous horse that has won 3 out of 4 by open lengths

-ve => Has had foot issues requiring special shoeing


#8 Hence

+ve => Big effort in his last race winning the Sunland Derby by 3 ¾ lengths

-ve => Pedigree limitations => Dad was a sprinter => Mom has not been a producer


#9 Irap

+ve => A horse on the improve => connections know how to win this race

-ve => Will have plenty of company up front to compete with his speed


#10 Gunnevera

+ve => Has one of the best jockey’s in the business as his pilot

-ve => Last race was lackluster in the G1 Florida Derby


#11 Battle of Midway

+ve => Put up a gutsy effort to come in 2nd in the Santa Anita Derby

-ve => First start was in January => not a ton of seasoning


#12 Sonneteer

+ve => His last race was his best

-ve => He has not won a race yet


#13 J Boys Echo

+ve => Pedigree plus => Big effort to win the Gotham two races back

-ve => Threw in a clunker in the last race in the G2 Blue Grass


#14 Classic Empire

+ve => The best horse in the race. Period

-ve => He has been hurt almost the entire prep season


#15 McCraken

+ve => Class + pedigree => Big shot at winning

-ve => Lackluster effort in the last


#16 Tapwrit

+ve => By the hottest sire and trained by Todd Pletcher

-ve => Did not run a great race in the last but encountered plenty of trouble


#17 Irish War Cry

+ve => Serious player and winner of the Wood Memorial

-ve => Lots of Irish families (like mine) will load up and drive the price down (no value)


#18 Gormley

+ve => He is a winner and a fighter

-ve => California horses are not as strong this year as the past three years


#19 Practical Joke

+ve => Sitting on a big race

-ve => Has not won a big race in over 6 months


#20 Patch

+ve => Only one eye =>sentimental story

-ve => Has run in only 3 races


#21 AE Royal Mo – (needs a horse to scratch 1-20, to get in the race)

+ve => Big beautiful horse

-ve => Hard to see him getting 1 ¼ miles


#22 AE Master Plan – (needs a horse to scratch 1-20, to get in the race)

+ve => Trained by the master

-ve => Pedigree suggests he is more of a sprinter