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Bostonians hope for World Series Derby Win with Wicked Strong

Bostonians hope for World Series Derby Win with Wicked Strong: Wicked Strong, just like many local Bostonians, is tough, able, and full of heart. The 2014 Kentucky Derby contender not only sits confidently in the 4th place position on the Kentucky Derby leader board with 102 points, he brings hope and promise to the Churchill Downs track with his Boston roots. The connections of Wicked Strong and Centennial Farms will donate approximately $70,000 to The One Fund if the colt wins the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014. After the Red Sox won the World Series, passionate Bostonians hope Wicked Strong can bring home another victory the entire city can celebrate!

Wicked Strong arrived in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from Elmont, New York. The colt has been training at Belmont Park to prepare for the Kentucky Derby. After the thirteen hour van ride and a bath, Wicked Strong was reportedly comfortable in his Churchill Downs stall.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens commented on the trip saying, “I’ve been here before. I know what its like. It’s
exciting but nerve wracking at the same time.”

Wicked Strong galloped about a mile this morning (Monday, April 28) on a rainy Churchill Downs track. Experts reported that Wicked Strong looked extremely comfortable on the wet track and in the rain.

Wicked Strong Kentucky Derby 2014

Wicked Strong, pictured above in the final furlong in the 2014 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, is a leading contender in the Kentucky Derby set to take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Churchill Downs.
Photo: Chelsea Durand, Adam Coglianese/NYRA

Wicked Strong, who was named shortly after the Boston Marathon tragedy took place, took home third place in the grade 2 2014 1 1/16 mile Remsen Stakes (watch Remsen Stakes replay) at Aqueduct behind Honor Code and Cairo Prince last year. This year, Wicked Strong competed in the April 5th Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct. Wicked Strong earned points towards the Derby in the grade 1 1 1/8 mile Wood Memorial (watch Wood Memorial replay) and also took home first place.

Wicked Strong is trained by trainer James (Jimmy) A. Jerkens, who is the son of Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens. James Jerkens worked as an assistant trainer for 20 years under his father, but now has established his own training stable. Wicked Strong is owned by Centennial Farms, who donates a percentage of Wicked Strong’s winnings and earnings to The One Fund Boston to help support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their families.

Wicked Strong was foaled on April 28th, 2011 and bred by William F. Lynn. Wicked Strong hails from sire Hard Spun and mare Moyne Abbey. Wicked Strong teams up with jockey Rajiv Maragh, who was onboard for the Wood Memorial win.

This year, Wicked Strong has competed in 3 starts with 1 first and 0 seconds and 0 thirds. So far this year, Wicked Strong has earned $591.610 with $197,203 earnings per start. Wicked Strong has a total of 6 overall career starts, including 2 firsts, 1 second, and 1 third. Wicked Strong has total career earnings of $706,610 with $117,435 earnings per start.

The 2014 Kentucky Derby is the 11th race of the day at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2014 with a 6:32 PM EDT post time and will be aired on NBC from 4:00-7:00 PM.

Kentucky Derby 2014 Odds and Post Positions
1 Vicar’s In Trouble 20-1 and Rosie Napravnik
2 Harry’s Holiday 50-1 and Corey Lanerie
3 Uncle Sigh 30-1 and Irad Ortiz, Jr.
4 Danza 8-1 and Joe Bravo
5 California Chrome 5-2 and Victor Espinoza
6 Samraat 15-1 and Jose Ortiz
7 We Miss Artie 50-1 and Javier Castellano
8 General A Rod 15-1 and Joel Rosario
9 Vinceremos 30-1 and Joe Rocco, Jr.
10 Wildcat Red 15-1 and Luis Saez
11 Hoppertunity 6-1 and Mike Smith SCRATCHED
11 Dance With Fate 20-1 and Corey Nakatani
12 Chitu 20-1 and Martin Garcia
13 Medal Count 20-1 and Robby Albarado
14 Tapiture 12-1 and Ricardo Santana Jr.
15 Intense Holiday 8-1 and John Velazquez
16 Commanding Curve 50-1 Shaun Bridgmohan
17 Candy Boy 15-1 and Gary Stevens
18 Ride On Curlin 15-1 and Calvin Borel
19 Wicked Strong 6-1 and Rajiv Maragh
20 Pablo Del Monte 50-1 and Jeffrey Sanchez

Kentucky Oaks 2014 Post Positions and Odds

Watch Wicked Strong’s breeze at Belmont Park by the NYRA: