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Current Odds: 30-1
Trainer: Aidnan O’ Brien
Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue
Post Position: 1
Daddy Long Legs is returning to Churchill Downs after a disappointing appearance last November in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile race. He has shown no ill effects from that disastrous outcome, though, as Daddy Long Legs had monster workouts (1:10 flat) all week since coming across the Atlantic.
His pedigree profile is as good as any horse in the field, as his father is Scat Daddy, who caught everyone’s attention during the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, his star fizzled with an 18th-place finish due to a tendon injury.
Daddy Long Legs has been bred for this race, and the distance will be a non-factor in his outcome.
The skeptics will question if the competition in Europe is really quality enough for him to be considered an actual contender for the Triple Crown. Also, handicappers are worried if Daddy Long Legs will have enough time to get acclimated to the course’s turf, as it can be difficult for any horse to handle.