2020 Kentucky Derby Contender Profiles
By US Racing Team
He’s 4-for-4 (three seconds) in the money in stakes this year, so he’s an owner’s dream.
At 0-for-4, he torments win bettors. Ny Traffic belongs in top company – he was nosed out by Authentic in the Haskell (G1) and was a close second to sidelined standouts Wells Bayou and Maxfield.
Still, I can’t visualize a breakthrough in the Derby. I see him contesting the pace with his characteristic grit and just failing short again. You can’t leave him out of exotics, but you can’t play him to win.
Most recent workout was Aug. 20 at Saratoga – 5 furlongs in 59.03 seconds, second fastest of 25 at the distance.
Profiles will be updated with morning-line odds and post position after the field is drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Post position: TBD
Jockey: Paco Lopez
Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.
Owners: John Fanelli, Cash Is King LLC, LC Racing, Paul Braverman
Career record: 9-2-3-2
Career earnings: $565,470
Top Equibase speed figure: 109
Kentucky Derby points: 110 (5th)
Pedigree: Cross Traffic-Mamie Reilly, by Graeme Hall
Running style: Front-runner/stalker
Notes: A trainer since 2011 based in Florida, Joseph saddled his first Grade 1 winner in 2019 when Math Wizard won the Pennsylvania Derby at odds of 31-1 … This will be Joseph’s first Derby starter … Paco Lopez retains the mount, and will be riding in his second Derby. In 2018, he finished 11th aboard Firenze Fire … Co-owner Chuck Zacney’s Cash Is King owned Afleet Alex, who won the 2005.
(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.)
|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|
|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|