One of the top horses in Kentucky Derby betting so far has been Arkansas Derby upset winner, Danza. The Todd Pletcher trained horse is named for actor Tony Danza and earlier this week he indicated that he’ll be in attendance at Churchill Downs to watch his namesake race.
Actor Danza, best known for his role in the 1980’s TV sitcom ‘Who’s The Boss’, Tweeted on Thursday morning that he was going to be at the Kentucky Derby to watch Danza the horse compete in the ‘Run for the Roses’:
“Very excited. Going to (the Derby) to root for Danza! That’s right!”
Danza (the horse) is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and President Aaron Wellman said that they’ve been in contact with Tony Danza’s people trying to work out the logistics:
“It’s been a team effort. He’s part of the Eclipse family now.”
Wellman said that Danza (the horse) has taken a page out of his namesake’s book and become ‘a boss’ in the past month:
“In the last month, he’s definitely become a boss. (Danza) wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it.”
Exercise rider Nick Bush concurs that Danza is a very unique horse:
“It feels like I’m on air out there. It’s so smooth. He’s really bouncing.”
Wellman had some thoughts about critics that suggest Danza’s Arkansas Derby win was a fluke:
“There are two schools of thought: One that says the Arkansas Derby had to be a fluke. The second is people delving deeper into his form and saying he hadn’t done anything wrong and that maybe it wasn’t a fluke. This could be the horse that’s in the right place at the right time.”
Danza’s morning line odds are 8-1 following the withdrawal of Hoppertunity on Thursday morning. That makes him the #3 betting choice in the race behind favorite California Chrome and Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong. The Kentucky Derby is the biggest race of the year for three year old thoroughbreds and will take place on Saturday at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s the first race of horse racing’s ‘Triple Crown’ followed by the Preakness and Belmont.