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Pro

  • Trained by Todd Pletcher- who won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, who is pleased with post position 15. "It worked out perfect," he said. "I love the 15, the first one in the auxiliary gate. There's a little space there. He's outside all the speed."
  • Winner of the one and one-eighth mile Wood Memorial
  • Undefeated in five starts

Con

  • Trained by Todd Pletcher--  who has just one Derby winner in 26 attempts.
  • Can he go the distance? A surging Alpha nearly clipped Gemologist during duel to the wire in the Wood, but the bay son of Tiznow rallied to the Winner's Circle by a nose.
  • He is breaking from the auxiliary gate.

Fun Fact
Has already won twice at Churchill Downs, including last fall's Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club

Analysis
Is it possible to "get value" with an undefeated winner of the Wood Memorial? With the deep field in this year's Derby, the answer should be "Yes!" Play him!
 

Photo: Louisville Magazine/Nicholas Karem

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