Shared Sense enters Kentucky Derby picture with G3 Indiana Derby success
Shared Sense announced himself as a potential Kentucky Derby contender with a decisive victory in the G3 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand, USA, on Wednesday, 8 July.
Making his Graded-race debut in the nine-furlong contest, the Brad Cox-trained colt was held up in eighth of the nine runners early on by Florent Geroux before moving up to fifth leaving the back straight.
Shared Sense quickened around the field turning for home and stayed on strongly in the straight, taking up the running approaching the final furlong before forging clear for a three-length success in a track record time.
The son of Street Sense received 20 qualifying points for this year’s G1 Kentucky Derby for his victory, although the Godolphin homebred would need to be supplemented for this year’s race, which is due to be run on Saturday, 5 September.
Brad Cox said: “Shared Sense is a nice horse. Jimmy Bell and I have talked about the Kentucky Derby a couple of times, and that trip is something that he would like, but it will be up to the Godolphin team. He is a tough horse who runs his best races on dry dirt.
“There are still a few races left to pick up Derby points. We will see how he comes out of this and then think about a plan for the rest of the year.”