The TDN has polled some of the top riders in the history of the sport and asked them to answer this simple question: If given a choice of any of the 20 starters in the GI Kentucky Derby who would you choose to ride? Today, we ask Sandy Hawley.
“I’d pick Omaha Beach (War Front). To me, he was really impressive when he won the Arkansas Derby. I can see why Mike Smith picked him. He has a little bit of natural speed and that will help him stay out of trouble, and he has a lot of ability. It’s a wide-open race and that’s what makes it hard when you ask me to pick a horse to ride. There are several nice horse in there and several nice horses coming off of big wins. It’s a great betting race, a great race for the fans to bet. There’s no clear-cut favorite. You can find a 10-1 shot and he might look as good on paper as the 7-2 shot. It’s going to be an exciting race.”