Kentucky Derby 2020 Odds: Attachment Rate


By Ed McNamara

Louisville native Dale Romans grew up in his father’s barn at Churchill Downs.

Attachment Rate Horse

Attachment Rate – Courtesy of Churchill Downs/Coady Photography.

Winning the Derby has been a lifelong dream that hasn’t come true for an outstanding trainer, and I doubt this will be Romans’ year.

Attachment Rate, pure and simple, is a well-bred disappointment. He’s 0-for-7 on fast tracks and 0-for-2 at his base, Churchill. Most of his races were respectable, such as his latest, second to Art Collector in the Ellis Park Derby.

Speed figures are weak, and he needs a quantum leap to contend. I don’t see it happening.

Profiles will be updated with morning-line odds and post position after the field is drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 1



Odds: TBD

Post position: TBD

Jockey: Joe Talamo

Trainer: Dale Romans

Owner:  Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister

Career record: 8-1-3-1

Career earnings: $143,732

Top Equibase speed figure: 99

Kentucky Derby points: 35 (15th)

Pedigree: Hard Spun-Aristra, by Afleet Alex

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Mid-pack rallier

Notes: This will be Dale Romans’ 10th Derby and 11th starter – he had two in 2018 (Promises Fulfilled, 15th; Free Drop Billy, 16th) … His best results were a pair of thirds — Paddy O’ Prado in 2010 and Dullahan in 2012 … Joe Talamo will be riding in his third Derby, with no success previously – 17th in 2010 with Sidney’s Candy and 16th in 2015 with War Story … Talamo left the SoCal circuit for the Arkansas, Kentucky circuit in late 2019 … He’s won over 2,000 races in a career that began in 2006; his biggest win this year was aboard Serengeti Empress in the Azeri Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park back in March.

(US Racing’s Kentucky Derby coverage will include profiles of the horses listed as probable for the race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Each day until the post-position draw on Tuesday, Sept. 1, US Racing will publish selected profiles of the contenders.)

2020 Kentucky Derby

Horse Trainers Jockey
Tiz the Law Barclay Tagg Manny Franco
Authentic Bob Baffert John Velazquez
Art Collector Tom Drury Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Honor A.P. John Sherriffs Mike Smith
Ny Traffic Saffie Joseph, Jr Paco Lopez
King Guillermo Juan Carlos Avilla Samy Camacho
Thousand Words Bob Baffert Florent Geroux
Dr Post Todd Pletcher TBD
Max Player Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Enforceable Mark Casse Adam Beschizza
Rushie Michael McCarthy TBD
Major Fed Greg Foley James Graham
Storm the Court Peter Eurton Julien Leparoux
Attachment Rate Dale Romans Joe Talamo
Sole Volante Patrick Biancone Luca Panici
Finnick the Fierce Rey Hernandez Martin Garcia
Winning Impression Dallas Stewart Joe Rocco, Jr.
Necker Island Chris Hartman Miguel Mena
Shirl’s Speight Roger Attfield Corey Lanerie