Epic Ride To Enter Kentucky Derby As Encino Drops Out

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Written By Mo Nuwwarah | Last Updated
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The field of Kentucky Derby horses got an early shake-up. Encino has scratched from the race with several days still to go before Saturday’s Run for the Roses. In his place, Epic Ride will step in as an alternate, running in the field as No. 21. He figures as a longshot in Kentucky Derby odds.

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Epic Ride In, Encino Out

Trained by Brad Cox, Encino just squeaked into the field by finishing in 18th place in the final Road to Kentucky Derby points standings. A presser described the horse as “off” and Cox did not elaborate on the withdrawal.

That clears the way for Epic Ride. Trained by John Ennis, Epic Ride was the top also-eligible, meaning the horse has been on-site at Churchill Downs working out in case any other horses dropped out.

Epic Ride began his career with a place, then a win at Maiden Special Weights. Following that, he won the Leonatus Stakes at 1 mile. He then ran a close second at the John Battaglia Memorial to Encino. In April, Epic Ride ran in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. The 1 1/8-mile race saw Epic Ride show behind fellow Kentucky Derby horses Sierra Leone and Just a Touch. The former will go off as one of the favorites come Saturday’s race.

Early odds had Epic Ride a 50-1 longshot for the Kentucky Derby. However, recent precedent exists for an also-eligible longshot to make history. In 2022, Rich Strike only ran because of a late scratch but cashed in at 80-1 odds for bettors. We’ll see if Epic Ride can do the same on May 4.

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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