Kentucky Derby Contenders - Day 23: #8 Hoppertunity

Contributed By Post Time Pete
Posted on 4/23/14 8:56 AM
Hoppertunity Trainer: Bob Baffert Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman Silks
Jockey: Mike E. Smith*
Owner: Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman
Breeder: Betz/D.J. Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenalt
Earnings: $376,000*
Points: 55*
Next Race: Kentucky Derby*
* Current as of April 1, 2014

Hoppertunity is an Any Given Saturday and Refugee colt trained by Bob Baffert. After a 4th place finish in the G2 Risen Star, he rebounded for a win in the G2 Rebel Stakes. He finished second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby and looks primed for a good run in Kentucky.

Hoppertunity got his first exercise over the track at Churchill Downs yesterday morning, galloping 1 1/2 miles under Dana Barnes. While Hoppertunity was unable to catch California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, the extra furlong in Kentucky combined with a thicker field may work to his advantage this time around. Hoppertunity will definitely be included on some of our wager slips for this race.

Click here to preview yesterday's breakdown of #9 on the Kentucky Derby contenders list, Chitu.

Check back tomorrow when we preview #7 on our list, Samraat.

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