Grand Mo the First trainer, jockey, owner and more to know about 2024 Kentucky Derby horse

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Grand Mo the First is on the bubble to be eligible for the 2024 Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

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

The post-position draw for the Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, April 27. Post time for the Kentucky Derby is set for 6:57 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Grand Mo the First is hopeful to enter the Kentucky Derby off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30. He currently ranks 21st on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard with 40, needing one defection to make the 20-horse field.

Grand Mo the First

Grand Mo the First and jockey Emisael Jaramillo win a race on Sept. 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Grand Mo the First and jockey Emisael Jaramillo win a race on Sept. 1 at Gulfstream Park.

Color: Dark bay/brown

Bred in: Kentucky

Sire: Uncle Mo

Dam: Lilies So Fair, by Giant’s Causeway

Price tag: $135,000 at 2022 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale

Owner: Granpollo Stable, first Derby

Trainer: Victor Barboza Jr., first Derby

Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo, 0 for 1 in Derby. Finished 18th on Majesto in 2016.

Record: 2-0-4 in six starts

Career earnings: $214,650

Road to the Kentucky Derby points: 40 (No. 21)

Last race: Third in Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30 at Gulfstream Park

Running style: Stalker

Notes: After opening his career with back-to-back victories at Gulfstream Park last summer, Grand Mo the First has finished third in four straight races, including the Grade 3 Zuma Beach last October at Santa Anita and the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9. … Jaramillo rode Grand Mo the First in his first three races and also in the Florida Derby. … Sire Uncle Mo was the 2-year-old champion in 2010 but missed the 2011 Kentucky Derby because of a liver disease. He returned to racing later in 2011 and won the Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont.

What they’re saying: “It’s been a dream since I was a child in Venezuela,” Barboza said of running in the Kentucky Derby. “Every year, I watched the Kentucky Derby.”

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com. Follow on X @KentuckyDerbyCJ.

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky Derby 2024 horse Grand Mo the First trainer, owner and record

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