Happy Birthday! Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

On Monday, did anybody wish Derby contender Seaside Retreat happy birthday? Someone should have, because May 1 was his foaling date. While all horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, not all of this year's contenders are actually 3-year-olds.

Who is the youngest of the bunch? That would be Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bob and John who won't celebrate his actual 3-year-old birthday until May 17. He is the lone member of the contender list that will face the starter prior to being a full three years old.

Of this year's top 21 contenders, only one was foaled in January. Six were foaled in February; eight in March; four in April; and two in May.

Last year's winner, Giacomo, was a Feb. 17 foal. Of the last six Derby winners, four were February foals: Giacomo, Smarty Jones (Feb. 28), War Emblem (Feb. 20), and Monarchos (Feb. 9). The other two were April foals: Funny Cide (April 20) and Fusaichi Pegasus (April 12).

For hunch/numbers players, there are a pair of exacta boxes worth examining this year. Both Point Determined and Showing Up were foaled Feb. 6, and Cause to Believe and Jazil were foaled Feb. 11.

How about a trifecta of Keyed Entry, Sweetnorthernsaint, and Flashy Bull, who were foaled on March 11, 12, and 13, respectively?

Below are the foaling dates for the Derby contenders (as of late Monday). For those who will be reading their horoscopes on Derby day, there are no Capricorns in this year's field, as the oldest Derby contender is Bluegrass Cat who was foaled Jan. 23. Those foaled Jan. 20-Feb. 18 are under the sign of Aquarius. Pisces babies were foaled Feb. 19-March 20; Aries runners were born March 21-April 19; and Taurus' sign runs from April 20-May 20.

Horse (state foaled) - Date of Foaling

A.P. Warrior (KY) - February 20
Barbaro (KY) - April 29
Bluegrass Cat (KY) - January 23
Bob and John (KY) - May 17
Brother Derek (CA) - March 31
Cause to Believe (KY) - February 11
Deputy Glitters (KY) - April 27
Flashy Bull (KY) - March 13
Keyed Entry (KY) - March 11
Jazil (KY) - February 11
Lawyer Ron (KY) - March 1
Point Determined (MD) - February 6
Private Vow (KY) - April 19
Seaside Retreat (KY) - May 1
Sharp Humor (NY) - April 21
Showing Up (KY) - February 6
Sinister Minister (KY) - March 29
Steppenwolfer (KY) - March 16
Storm Treasure (KY) - February 25
Sunriver (KY) - March 17
Sweetnorthernsaint (FL) - March 12