There will be a Danza in the stands today at Churchill Downs and a Danza on the track. A horse named for the “Who’s the Boss” star is a contender in the Kentucky Derby, and the actor will be there to cheer him on.
Here’s what you need to know about Danza the horse:
1. ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Inspired His Name
Danza entered the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12 as a 41/1 longshot. But the horse pulled off a stunning upset, taking the lead down the stretch and running to a convincing victory in 1:49.68 and earning a spot in the Derby.
Watch video of the race above.
4. He’s Trained by Todd Pletcher
The renowned Todd Pletcher is Danza’s trainer. Pletcher has won the Eclipe Award as the sport’s top trainer four times, and has trained three horses who have won Triple Crown races, including Rags to Riches, who in 2007 became the first filly in more than 100 years to win the Belmont Stakes.
5. He Has the Third Best Odds to Win
Danza, who’s running from the fourth position, began race day with 10/1 odds to win. Only favorite California Crome (2/1) and Wicked Strong (7/1) have better odds.
It's time for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and we've got all the details and photos on this year's horses. Check out all 21 of the contenders here.Click here to read more