Kentucky Derby 2024: Catalytic Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
Catalytic horse

Catalytic has yet to run a horse race outside of the state of Florida. A lightly-run colt, the Saffie Joseph Jr. product looks to shock bettors after closing a 50-1 longshot among 2024 Kentucky Derby odds in April’s futures pool. Just three races under his belt – two of which came in March – there’s a lot of unknown surrounding Catalytic. However, he did improve with each race and didn’t shy away from Grade I competition in the Florida Derby. Although Fierceness, one of the derby favorites, trounced him, Catalytic still finished second in the field, securing enough points for the 150th Run for the Roses.

Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Catalytic in the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Catalytic Horse Racing Profile

Record: 1-2-0 (3)

Owner: Multiple

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 50 (15th)

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Placed in Florida Derby (G1)

Sire/Dam: Catalina Cruiser/One Show Only

Post position: 5

Morning line odds: 30-1

Catalytic Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
3/30/24Florida Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles902nd
3/8/24Alowc6 furlongs872nd
10/7/23MSW6 1/2 furlongs851st

The Word On Catalytic

Mar. 30: Sat a length behind pace-setter Fierceness for most of the Florida Derby before getting left in the dust down the final stretch and losing by several lengths.

Apr. 7: Closed a 50-1 longshot in April’s Kentucky Derby futures pool 6.

Apr. 25: Worked a mile and a half on Thursday. “He’s doing well,” said Tristan Ford, an assistant to trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., after the gallop. “Everyone is happy with the way he’s progressing.”

Apr. 27: Opened 30-1 on the morning line, running out of Post 5.

May 1: “He’s going to school in the paddock during race two this afternoon,” trainer Saffie Joseph said Wednesday. “[Thursday], he’ll gallop again, and maybe school in the paddock, depending on how today goes.”

“All is well with him. He’s been handling everything very well so far.”

*Quotes courtesy of Churchill Downs Communications

Kentucky Derby Odds 2024

Unlike fixed-odds betting, odds for the Kentucky Derby will continue to move until post time, even if you place your bet today. Most odds movement occurs the day of and minutes before post.

Post PositionHorseMorning line oddsUpdated Kentucky
Derby odds
1.Dornoch20-122-1Danny GarganLuis Saez
2.Sierra Leone3-15-1Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione
3.Mystik Dan20-116-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez
4.Catching Freedom8-18-1Brad CoxFlavien Prat
5.Catalytic30-132-1Saffie JosephJose Ortiz
6. Just Steel20-122-1D. Wayne LukasKeith Asmussen
7.Honor Marie20-113-1Whit BeckmanBen Curtis
8.Just A Touch10-110-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
9. EncinoScratchedScratchedBrad CoxAxel Concepcion
10.T O Passowrd (JPN)30-147-1Daisuke TakayanagiKazushi Kimura
11.Forever Young (JPN)10-16-1Yoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai
12.Track Phantom20-140-1Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario
13.West Saratoga50-123-1Larry DemeritteJesus Castanon
14.Endlessly30-147-1Michael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli
15.Domestic Product30-128-1Chad BrownIrad Ortiz
16. Grand Mo The First50-145-1Victor BarbozaEmisael Jaramillo
17.Fierceness5-27-2Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez
18.Stronghold20-135-1Philip D’AmatoAntonio Fresu
19.Resilience20-129-1Bill MottJunior Alvarado
20.Society Man50-146-1Danny GarganFrankie Dettori
21.Epic Ride50-144-1John EnnisAdam Beschizza
22. MugatuScratchedScratchedJeff EnglerJoseph Talamo

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