Kentucky Derby Contenders - Day 15: #16 Rousing Sermon

Contributed By Post Time Pete
Posted on 4/15/12 8:00 AM

Day 15: #16 Rousing Sermon

Rousing Sermon Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer Tree Top Ranches Silks
Jockey: Mike Smith*
Owner: Tree Top Ranches
Breeder: Larry D. Williams
Earnings: $270,000*
Next Race: Kentucky Derby*
* Current as of April 1, 2012

Rousing Sermon is a Lucky Pulpit and Rousing Again colt. In 9 career starts he's 2-2-4 with only one finish out of the money. His most recent third place finish in the Louisiana Derby has him right on the bubble for graded stakes earnings with a shot at the Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Mike Smith is a world-class athlete and Hall of Famer. However he and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer are a combined 4-for-39 in the last five years and 0-for-10 in graded stakes races. This isn't the pairing that's going to break that record for the duo. We like Rousing Sermon, but we're paying more attention to him for a possible run in the Preakness and with a different jockey. Don't worry Smith fans, he'll have no trouble finding a mount in Kentucky.

Click here to preview yesterday's breakdown of #17 on the earnings list, Mark Valeski.

Check back tomorrow when we preview #15 on our list, Went the Day Well.

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