Solomini draws post 17 for Kentucky Derby 144

Posted to: Solomini Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Solomini draws post 17 for Kentucky Derby 144
Zayat Stables' talented colt Solomini will have to overcome the wide post position draw if he is to win Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby.

The chestnut son of Curlin, who Zayat co-owns with Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, was assigned post 17 in the 20-horse field. 

Solomini comes into the Derby with just one victory, though he was disqualified from victory in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1). In his favor is that he has never finished worse than third in six career starts, including four Grade 1 events.

Solomini, who will be ridden by regular jockey Flavien Prat, had his final pre-Derby work on April 29 at Santa Anita Park, going six furlongs in 1:14 3/5. He made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning, 

“He’s a horse that’s right there and tries hard every time,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Solomini following the colt's morning exercise. “He won’t wow you in the mornings. He’s made $700,000 and won a Grade I, got disqualified, but he’s a nice horse and he just hasn’t hit that next level that we’re always looking for. We’re just going to let him break, go easy the first part, and finish, and I think he’ll be more effective that way.”