KyDerby150 Pass or Play – FOREVER YOUNG

April 24, 2024

Forever Young gets his first look at Churchill Downs. (Coady Photography) 

By Ashley Tamulonis and Laura Pugh

Japanese contender Forever Young (JPN) brings an impressive 5-for-5 record to the Kentucky Derby table. The colt, whose dam is a half-sister to Sierra Leone’s dam, qualified for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby via a victory in the Group 2 UAE Derby. Despite being caught wide for most of the trip, Forever Young (JPN) was still able to look the pacesetter in the eye and draw off to win by about two lengths.

Despite his unblemished record and determined win in Dubai, Ashley Tamulonis and Laura Pugh have different takes on his chances to make it 6-for-6 at Churchill Downs.

Curses were made to be broken and history was meant to be changed. At least that is what Laura thinks when it comes to the versatile, unbeaten Forever Young in the 150th Kentucky Derby. Ashley, on the other hand, questions how the son of Real Steel will fare after so much travel, and against the stiffest competition he’s faced to date. Can Forever Young break the curse? Who do you side with? Is he a Pass or he a Play for the 2024 Run for the Roses.

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Ashley Tamulonis

Ashley Tamulonis

Ashley has been an avid horse racing fan since she was introduced to the sport through the Joanna Campbell series "Thoroughbred." As a Georgia native...

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Laura Pugh

Laura Pugh

Laura Pugh got her first taste of Thoroughbred racing when she watched War Emblem take the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2002. At that...

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