Derby Riders -- For Now
By Dick Downey
Updated 11:48 a.m. ET
With 16 days remaining before the Run for the Roses, the cast of jockeys for the Kentucky Derby is pretty much set. Not set in stone, mind you, because things can change in a hurry around Derby time.
Remember when John Velazquez won the 2011 Kentucky Derby when he picked up the mount on Animal Kingdom the day before the race? USA Today recounted the episode.
"Riding a first-time starter named Smoke'n Al Wednesday on the post parade, Albarado was thrown and then stepped on. It happens. Part of the job. He was out Thursday and decided to rest again Friday. Besides, Saturday was the big day.... But when Albarado missed Friday, Animal Kingdom owner Barry Irwin and trainer H. Graham Motion decided to make a change. They had a race to try to win and a business decision to make...."
Not all these riders have been publicly confirmed. This list is the best I can determine it this morning. And even if all of the names are correct today, things can still change.
Unless and until his connections say he's not coming, I'm treating Trojan Nation is being pointed to the Derby.
Brody's Cause, Luis Saez
Creator, Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Danzing Candy, Mike Smith
Destin, Javier Castellano
Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux
Gun Runner, Florent Geroux
Lani, Yutaka Take
Majesto, Emisael Jaramillo?
Mo Tom, Corey Lanerie
Mohaymen, Junior Alvarado
Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens
My Man Sam, Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez
Oscar Nominated, Julien Leparoux
Outwork, John Velazquez
Shagaf, Joel Rosario
Suddenbreakingnews, Luis Quinonez
Tom's Ready, Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Trojan Nation, last ridden by Aaron Gryder
Whitmore, Victor Espinoza
Fellowship, last ridden by Jose Lezcano
Dazzling Gem, Joe Talamo