Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 Written by BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wicked Strong has a built-in fan base for the Kentucky Derby. Like the entire city of Boston.
In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, exercise rider Kelvin Pahal takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Wicked Strong for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
The colt named in honor of the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings figures to be among the favorites for Saturday's race. He's got the credentials, having impressively won the Wood Memorial.
Wicked Strong is owned by a Boston-based partnership that has pledged to donate 5 percent of any money won by the 3-year-old colt during the Triple Crown series to the fund set up for the bombing victims.
The colt is trained by Jimmy Jerkens, a son of Hall of Famer Allen Jerkins, who never won the Derby in three tries.
Jerkens says having the city of Boston supporting Wicked Strong might be an "extra force" to carry him into the winner's circle.