Thursday, April 03, 2014
Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, who has looked particularly strong in his training recently at Churchill Downs, was assigned post position 14 at Wednesday's pill pull for the 140th Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday.
“That’s a good spot,” said trainer Dale Romans. “That’s where, last week when we were talking about it, (jockey) Robby (Albarado) said he’d like to be the last one in the main gate and that’s where he is. It doesn’t matter because we’re going to drop back and make one run. I just want my jock happy and he was happy with it.”
Romans alluded to Medal Count's come from behind style, which has netted the big bay colt a trio of wins, including in the Grade 3 Transylvania S. at Keeneland, and a stellar runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Blue Grass S. three weeks ago.
Medal Count has been at Churchill Downs since the Blue Grass, recording one bullet six furlong move on April 26. The son of Dynaformer, who Spendthrift purchased for $360,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling sale, is a generous 20-1 on the morning line.
Medal Count is the fifth starter to carry the distinctive purple and orange colors of Spendthrift in the Run for the Roses. The last was Don’t Get Mad, who finished fourth in the 2005 Derby a week after winning the Derby Trial S. Atswhatimtalkinbout also placed fourth two years prior in 2003. Breeders' Cup champion Action This Day (2004) and Greeley's Galaxy (2005) were the other two.
Medal Count has won three of seven starts to date, with earnings of $261,600.