Kentucky Derby Horses: Finnick the Fierce

2020 Kentucky Derby Contender Profiles

By Ed McNamara

Trivia question: Who’s the only horse in the Derby field to finish ahead of Tiz the Law?

It’s Finnick the Fierce, the one-eyed gelding who was 87-1 when he edged the superstar by a head for

Finnick the Fierce

Finnick the Fierce – Courtesy of Churchill Downs/Coady Photography.

second last fall in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.

Don’t expect that to happen Sept. 5. “Finnick” is gritty and easy to root for, but he hasn’t finished first in his last eight races, although he was moved up from second to first in an allowance/optional claimer on April fourth after Winning Impression was DQ’d.  on April 4). In his previous ran, he was seventh in the Blue Grass.

The streak won’t end in the Derby.

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: Martin Garcia

Trainer: Rey Hernandez

Owner: Arnaldo Monge, Rey Hernandez

Career record: 9-2-1-2

Career earnings: $191,200

Top Equibase speed figure: 99

Kentucky Derby points: 25 (17th)

Pedigree: Dialed In-Southern Classic, by Southern Image

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Mid-pack rallier

Notes: Finnick’s right eye was removed shortly after birth due to a congenital cataract, but Dr. Arnaldo Monge, the veterinarian who made the diagnosis, still purchased him for $3,000; trainer Rey Hernandez is co-owner …  This will be Hernandez’s first Derby starter in his sixth year as a trainer  … Garcia will be competing in his fifth Derby. His best finish was third with Bob Baffert-trained Dortmund in 2015.

(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 Tyler Gaffalione
Max Player Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Caracaro Gustavo Delgado Javier Castellano
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