Kentucky Derby News: Betting Favorite Fierceness Completes Final Workout Friday

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
Kentucky Derby News

Bettors are nearing the home stretch for Kentucky Derby odds, with the Run For The Roses set for Saturday, May 4. We’ll have complete coverage over the next week. In this article, we’ll fill you in on the latest Kentucky Derby news, with Fierceness concluding his last major workout.

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Kentucky Derby news: details on fierceness

After Friday morning’s workout at Churchill Downs, any hopes of Fierceness going off at 3-1 odds may have gone by the wayside. The champion two-year-old and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) covered four furlongs in 48.80 seconds. He also produced a noteworthy gallop in 1:00.60 for five furlongs and 1:12.60 for six. In the process, he zipped past Agate Road, his workmate and graded-stakes turf winner.

Fierceness, the Florida Derby winner by 13 1/2 lengths, will likely sit atop the morning-line odds for the Kentucky Derby during Saturday night’s draw.

“He’s like (five-time NBA champion) Tim Duncan — chill, relaxed, collected,” Mike Repole, the owner of Fierceness, said. “The only time you know he’s really good is when he works and he runs. Other than that, you wouldn’t pick him out.”

Repole Stable is nearing almost twenty years in the horse-racing industry. His closest bid at winning the Derby trophy was in 2011. Uncle Mo, the two-year-old champ in 2010 and favorite leading up to the first leg of the American Triple Crown, was forced out of the field after being diagnosed with a liver disorder.

Since then, seven of Repole’s horses have entered the Kentucky Derby. None have tallied higher than a fifth-place finish. Last year, Forte, the presumed favorite among morning-line odds, was scratched because of a bruised right foot.

Therefore, Repole seeks redemption. Fierceness, showcasing one of the all-time highest pre-Derby Beyer Speed Figures (110), could help secure it with John Velazquez, the multiple graded-stakes winning jockey.

Some information courtesy of Churchill Downs Racing Communications/Notes Team

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