Coach Doug O’Neill celebrates his second Kentucky Derby victory with proprietor Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez in 2016
Grade 2 Louisiana Derby winner Scorching Rod Charlie had his penultimate Kentucky Derby (G1) exercise at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday, going six furlongs below Flavien Prat in 1:14.20 because the son of Oxbow prepares for his Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Might 1.
Doug O’Neill hopes the third time’s the allure, though the 52-year-old coach has captured the world’s most well-known race twice earlier than, with I will Have One other in 2012 and Nyquist in 2016.
Nevertheless it by no means will get previous.
Scorching Rod Charlie is sitting on go together with 110 Kentucky Derby qualifying polnts and Prat dedicated as his rider. Scorching Rod Charlie is scheduled to have his closing main Derby breeze subsequent Saturday at Santa Anita.
“Now it is daily to day, maintain him harm free and maintain transferring ahead,” O’Neill stated. “I’d suppose having gone by the Derby twice earlier than is a bonus.
“It’s all horse pushed, primarily based on who you are going there with, however we’re very optimistic with Scorching Rod Charlie. He is already proven he can ship and carry out nicely on the highest degree.
“We’re excited, and the earlier expertise positively is a profit, I’d suppose.”
As to the origin of the colt’s identify, O’Neill attributes it partly to the dam’s sire. “He is out of a mare (Indian Miss) by Indian Charlie, so I feel that is the place it comes from, however Scorching Rod?
“I am unsure about that, however for us it is acquired an excellent ring to it.”
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