Kentucky Derby 2024-Horse Fierceness, Trainer, Owner, Jockey and Record


Fierceness is one of 20 horses scheduled to compete in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2024 at Churchill Downs.

Spots in the Run for the Roses are earned by earning points in a series of Kentucky Derby prep races that began last September.

The post position draw for the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th. The post position draw for the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at 6:57 p.m.

Fierceness will advance to the Kentucky Derby on March 30 with a win in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. He currently sits first on the Kentucky Derby points list with 136 points.


Color: bay

Bred in: Kentucky

Father: City of Lights

Dam: Nonna Bella, from Stay Thirsty

Price tag: Homegrown

Owner: Repole Stable (Mike Repole). Repole is 0-7 in the derby, his best result coming in 2022 with Mo Donegal (fifth).

Trainer: Todd Pletcher. He has a record 64 starters in the Derby, winning with Super Saver (2010) and Always Dreaming (2017).

Jockey: John Velazquez. He is 3 of 25 in the Derby and won with Animal Kingdom (2011), Always Dreaming (2017) and Authentic (2020).

Record: 3-0-1 in five starts

Career Earnings: $1,703,850

Path to Kentucky Derby Points: 136 (No. 1)

Last race: Won the Grade 1 Florida Derby March 30 at Gulfstream by 13 ½ lengths over Catalytic

Running style: Early near the front

Remarks: For the second year in a row, Repole and Pletcher have a Florida Derby winner who could be the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Last year, Florida Derby winner Forte was scratched 10 hours before the Kentucky Derby because a veterinarian was concerned about a bruise on his right forefoot. … Fierceness is looking to become just the third Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to win the Kentucky Derby, joining Street Sense (2006-07) and Nyquist (2015-16). … Nonna Bella, the dam of Fierceness and owned by Repole, was 2-0-1 in five career starts from 2017 to 2018. She achieved both victories at Gulfstream Park.

What you say: “That was a pretty great performance,” Pletcher said after the Florida Derby game. “We see that in the morning when we blow him, a special talent. That's why his two races were so confusing that he didn't run brilliantly. He’s been brilliant three times and had days off twice.”

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