To trainer Dallas Stewart, it doesn’t matter how Golden Soul qualified for the Kentucky Derby or what the oddsmakers say.
The New Orleanian’s horse is in and in it to win it.
“This is not just a race where you just hope to get in,” Stewart said. “You’ve got to feel like you have a good shot, and we wouldn’t be in this unless we did.”
Golden Soul, with only one victory in six career starts, finished 23rd in the new points system that determined the 20 Derby qualifiers, getting four from a second-place finish in the Lecompte and 10 from coming in fourth in the Louisiana Derby. But because of dropouts, the horse moved up to 19th.
While the morning line has Golden Soul at 50-1 along with five other entries on Wednesday, the consensus is that they will be even higher by race day.
But Stewart, whose previous Derby entries, Kimberlite Pipe in 1999 and Dollar Bill in 2001, finished sixth and 15th respectively.
“This horse has the pedigree to handle the distance,” he said. “He’s trained well and is ready to step up his game.”
Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel rode Golden Soul in the Louisiana Derby. But Borel has switched to Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary.
Lafayette native Robby Alberato will replace Borel. Golden Soul drew the No. 4 post position.