Flashback and Den’s Legacy in a Recent Workout
It’s time! I’ve waited for a few weeks to give my Top 20 Kentucky Derby horses, but as the points start to get larger I feel its time we start sorting these three-year olds out. We’ve already lost some to injury, and others to lack of talent. Hopefully this list will be a mirror of who steps into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. You can officially say the Dudes have caught the “Derby Fever.”
1. Super Ninety Nine – Points Earned: 10 – Current Rank: 13th
Why is there not more hype for this horse? His last two races have both been around two turns, and they have been complete ROMPS! He made Oaklawn his own personal play ground when winning the Southwest, and the beyer numbers in both of his last two races have come back over 100. I know the sloppy track in the Southwest may have thrown people off a bit, but his two consistent races make him my number one choice.
2. Itsmyluckyday – Points Earned: 10 – Current Rank: 8th
This one has also put in back to back solid races, and defeated the two-year old champion Shanghai Bobby while doing so last time out in the Holy Bull. Also like Super Ninety Nine, his last two beyers have come back very strong. It’s the time of year where people are trying to get cute with their picks, but how can you ignore the consistent performances from my top two picks?
3. Revolutionary – Points Earned: 10 – T-16th
Revolutionary got the best education possible when he won the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. He had to weave his way in and out of traffic, and was nearly stopped several times down the stretch. Still, he prevailed and won that race. He showed several talents in that race, but the main thing he showed was HEART. You can never underestimate that in a horse.
4. Code West – Points Earned: 20 – Current Rank: 5th
It was a tough beat for Code West in the Risen Star Stakes, but I loved the way he dug in down that long Fair Grounds stretch. His pedigree really has me excited about two turns, so him being ranked so high has me thinking about what he can do in the future, and not what he’s already done.
5. Orb – Points Earned: 50 – Current Rank: 2nd
The Fountain of Youth set up perfectly for Orb, but give the horse credit for taking advantage of that fast pace. The win assured that Orb will be the starting gate as long as he remains healthy. If the Derby pace is like normal, it could set up nicely again for this up and coming colt. Continue reading