International Kentucky Derby Contenders

One of the more interesting parts of the Kentucky Derby is that the race draws in horses from the international circuit. From all over the world. Today, we review the best International Kentucky Derby Contenders. For example, in Kentucky Derby 145, Master Fencer was representing the Japanese Horse Racing Circuit in last year’s Kentucky Derby. Let’s take a quick peek at this year’s international contingent.

Herrschaft (JPN)

Herrschaft won a qualifying race in Japan. To get 40 Derby points. This horse won his race at Nakayama. Also, was one of the favorites to do so. At this time, it is unclear if this horse will actually ship over the United States. To run in the Kentucky Derby. It should be noted that if this horse declines his Kentucky Derby bid, the horse with the next highest amount of points will automatically get the invitation to ship into Louisville. Which horse will it be?

Top International Kentucky Derby Contenders 2020

International Kentucky Derby Contenders

Chares (GER)

Secondly, Chares won his Kentucky Derby qualifying race. It was at Kempton Park in the European Union. This horse has explosive speed. Also, could be a real danger if the trainer decides to ship him over. It’s interesting to note that Chares is a German bred horse. Most German breds are known for being turf horses. Many races in the European Union are conducted on synthetic surfaces so there is a question of whether or not the surface switch will be a positive or negative for these horses. It should be noted that Animal Kingdom won his Kentucky Derby qualifying race on a synthetic surface at Turfway Park so it isn’t unheard of for a horse make this transition and be successful.

In conclusion, could an international horse win the Kentucky Derby this year? It’s a rare feat. Two of the most popular non-US based horses to win were Northern Dancer back in the 60s. Also, Sunny’s Halo in the 80s. Given the way 2020 has gone. Anything could happen in this year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby, for instance.

August 21, 2020 by : Posted in 2020 No Comments

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