Derby Contender Profile: Destin

05/07/2016 01:45 AM

Post Position: 9
Morning Line Odds: 15-1
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano

Destin is a gray or roan colt by Giant’s Causeway, out of the Siberian Summer mare Dream of Summer, foaled April 16, 2013. Destin enters the Kentucky Derby with a 56-day span between races, which would be longest documented layoff since complete records were kept starting in 1929. The last gray to win the Kentucky Derby was Giacomo in 2005. Destin is the No. 11 on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 51 points.

Destin is owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC, trained by Todd Pletcher, and ridden by Javier Castellano. Castellano won three straight Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey in 2013-15. He’s a five-time Travers Stakes winner: Bernardini (2006), Afleet Express (2010), Stay Thirsty (2011), V.E. Day (2014) and Keen Ice (2015). Castellano also set the record for single season earnings in 2015 with $28,120,767. He currently has a Kentucky Derby record of 9-0-0-0.

Kaci Kust

Kaci is a Production Specialist based out of the Northern Kentucky Spectrum News bureau. When she’s not working at the station she is covering high school sports, Bengals or EKU games for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. She played basketball for Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. She says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. You can get the latest on the Bengals, EKU or high school sports in Northern Kentucky by following Kaci on Twitter @Kacikust.

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