It’s an even betting field for the 28th Indiana Derby Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis, four last-out winners in the field of 10 3-year-olds.
Horse racing betting markets can’t find a favorite with conviction, though Rattle N Roll is the early 5-2 choice.
Colt on a Roll
Rattle N Roll won the American Derby seven days ago, and the colt is shooting for another Derby success, with a quick turnaround.
“We didn’t work him going into the American Derby. We went into it off just gallops. The horse has been doing just fantastic. There are limited opportunities for a horse like him. We looked at the calendar and there isn’t another race for him until maybe middle to late August.
“I know it’s unconventional. I’m a little nervous about it. But we jogged him up and back Sunday morning after the race. He cleaned up (eating) by 8 o’clock the night after he ran. He cleaned up the next morning. He’s never been better. We buy horses to race them. It could be exciting. We’re going to look at the (past performances). Nothing is set until we ship him up there.”
We have always liked Rattle N Roll and his win in the Breeders’ Futurity was quite good. He then ran tidy races in the Fountain of Youth, Louisiana Derby and Blue Grass Stakes, so he shouldn’t find this too difficult.
Horse racing odds should have Rattle N Roll well-fancied to score. He and Actuator were cross-entered in Saturday’s Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows, but both are expected in Indiana.
“Rattle N Roll might be hard to beat three times in a week,” McPeek told The Paulick Report.
However, the workload won’t be that bad, though. Brian Hernandez Jr. rides from post position No. 6.
Un Ojo Highest-Rated Runner
Un Ojo may have the best credentials in the Indiana Derby off his win in the in February’s Rebel.
The son of Laoban didn’t race to expectations in the Arkansas Derby, running eighth behind Cyberknife, but he has been given time to get over that run.
A second-place effort in the Withers behind Early Voting showed he can been go against the best.
There’s worry he might need time to show his best form after the break, so it could pay to watch betting moves at the sportsbook. If he’s well-backed to score, use that as a guide.
Un Ojo (David Cohen, post No. 9) is currently on the third line of betting at 6-1, and those odds could firm considerably on race day.
Actuator on Improve
There’s been solid betting support for Actuator, who has yet to face anything close to this level of competition.
The son of Bodemeister started his career with consecutive thirds, then broke his maiden at Churchill Downs. It was an impressive win and it prompted connections, as previously mentioned, to cross-enter Actuator in both the Indiana and Iowa Derbies.
Jury’s still out, but he’s the 7-2 early second choice. James Graham rides from post No. 8 for trainer Michael McCarthy.
Post time for the $300,000, 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby (12th/final race on the card) is 6:40 p.m. ET.