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Kentucky Derby Contender


Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2018 Maiden Win Replay

Get to Know Hofburg

Sire: Tapit (Pulpit)
Dam: Soothing Touch (Touch Gold)
Foaled: February 11, 2015
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.

Starts: 3
Wins: 1
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $227,950

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Hofburg: Sire Tapit seeks back-to-back wins in the Triple Crown series after Tapwrit closed 2017 in the Belmont Stakes winner’s circle. This regally bred half-brother to 4-time Grade 1 winner Emollient closed 12 lengths to be runner-up in the Florida Derby, the race that has produced the last 2 Kentucky Derby champs and an all-time best 24 victors on the first Saturday in May. Hofburg has made only 3 career starts and such horses are just 16: 2-0-1 since 1900 (wins by Regret, 1915 and Big Brown, 2008). Conservative trainer Bill Mott’s leap of faith provides intrigue.

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Hofburg Race History

Date Race Track Finish
March 31, 2018 Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) Gulfstream Park 2nd
March 3, 2018 Maiden Gulfstream Park 1st
September 2, 2017 Maiden Saratoga 4th

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