Wednesday Kentucky Derby News: Jockey Named For Longshot Society Man

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
Kentucky Derby News

We’re closing in on the home stretch for Kentucky Derby odds, with the Run For The Roses set for May 4. Many storylines have arisen at Churchhill Downs, and we will have complete coverage over the next few weeks. In this article, we’ll fill you in on the Kentucky Derby news behind jockey Frankie Dettori being named the rider for Society Man, a longshot on the betting board.

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Kentucky Derby news: details on Dettori

Frankie Dettori will ride Wood Memorial runner-up Society Man in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Danny Gargan announced. Dettori’s first and only Derby mount came in 2000, tallying a sixth-place finish with China Visit.

Society Man has a below-average Beyer Speed Figure (BSF), which correlates with his likely longshot price tag when morning line odds are announced Saturday night. However, he tallied a second-place finish at odds of 106-1 at Aqueduct on April 6. Gargan stated that he’s satisfied with how Society Man and Dornoch, his other Derby candidate, have performed during their recent training sessions at Churchill Downs. They each galloped on Tuesday morning, with their final workouts on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

An international star, Dettori rode 34 winners at the Santa Anita meet, including six consecutive winners on April 6, making Society Man an intriguing longshot.

Interestingly enough, Dettori reportedly planned on retiring at the end of the 2023 season, but he evidently changed his mind before the latest two winter meets at Santa Anita. While he has won notable races worldwide, his “Magnificent Seven” day at Ascot on Sept. 28, 1996, when he swept the seven-race program, is near the top of his greatest accomplishments.

As of Wednesday, Encino remains the only horse in the Derby’s top-20 points standings without a confirmed jockey.

Some information courtesy of Churchill Downs Racing Communications/Notes Team

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