Your Guide to KY Derby Glory – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume I

Yes friends, it’s here again, Derby Road. While hopeful owners, trainers, and jockeys well . . ., jockey for a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate, we’re here passing judgement with our Derby Dozen list. Sure, we offer the perfunctory 1 to 12 ranking you’ll find most anywhere, but our list offers opinions by opinionated people. If you pay attention closely you may just find a few nuggets of wisdom buried within (but no promises!).

At this point, no one knows which horse will win the Derby and it doesn’t really matter. What’s important is forming your own opinion about which horses might win the Derby and identifying those that are maturing and peaking at the right time. By following the Derby Preps closely you’ll have insights you can turn into cold hard cash come May 5th.

Follow the Derby preps using the handy dandy schedule on our KY Derby page and check in on our Derby Dozen list (we’ll vote every three weeks) to see if our opinions line up with yours. Putting the time in now may payoff later.

Special thanks to our expert Derby Dozen panel:
Brian Zipse from Horse Racing Nation
Rob from Amateurcapper
Derek Brown
Carly Kaiser
Geno from EquiSpace
The Turk
Tencentcielo
Tony Bada Bing from A Leg Up
Paul Mazur
Dylan Jarmulowicz

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6 Responses to Your Guide to KY Derby Glory – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume I

  1. tencentcielo says:

    Another year, another Derby Dozen. Solid work folks. Little disappointed that my #1 didn’t make the initial 12, but that will change this weekend in the Lewis. Maybe. Unless some “Soloist” crashes the party. 🙂

  2. tencentcielo…please tell me your Hansen comment was in reference to teen (hear and gone) pop/brother group Hanson’s one hit – MMMBOP!

  3. Steve,

    What a great list of comments. I enjoyed reading them all. Thanks again for organizing us and compiling the list.

    ALPHA certainly affirmed his position on the list with an emphatic Gotham win on the heels of his Count Fleet rebound. LIASON was really flat after getting claustrophobic down the backside, then Bejarno was tossed after they got sawed off but wouldn’t have finished better than an also-ran position. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall off next time. BATTLE HARDENED and PROSPECTIVE finished well in the Davis while REVERON ran respectively in 3rd. Not sure how to interpret the Lewis. I thought the Sunland invader would hold on better, but he may be pure sprinter in SoCal stakes. I didn’t really like anything else in there, and the analysis was somewhat justified with the boxcars winner.

    I’m not sure we’ve seen the Derby winner run in a Stakes route this year…not a fan of January or early February preps for more than curiosity sake. I’m fairly certain ALGORITHMS and ALPHA will regress along the way, but it may be in the last Derby prep or the Derby itself…unless either is “The One” to break the TC drought.

    Secretly love MIDNIGHT TRANSFER but he’s yet to race at a route and isn’t graded stakes tested.

    Lots of time until the First Saturday in May. I’m glad to be part of this once again!

  4. Steve says:

    AmCap,
    I agree w/ you that we probably haven’t seen Derby winner in a stakes race yet. We’ve probably seen him in an Allowance, but which one? Do believe that following the journey to the Derby makes the Derby itself all the more enjoyable. There are definitely some sleepers out there and sounds like you might have a line on one.

    Btw, a correction to your comment; ALPHA won the Withers Sat and the Gotham isn’t until Mar 3rd. It’s an easy mistake to make as the Gotham was traditionally the 1st graded stake for 3 yr olds at Aqu each year, but NYRA adjusted the schedule and moved the Withers from its usual late Apr / early May time to Feb taking the place of un-graded Whirlaway (usually the 1st 2-turn 3 yr prep in NY). Of course, NYRA is the picture of consistency compared to Gulfstream Park which hasn’t ran the same 3 yr old prep schedule from 1 year to another for as long as I can remember.

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