The top half of our Derby Dozen poll is similar to three weeks ago with some reshuffling due to Orb’s victory in the Florida Derby and Revolutionary’s win in the Louisiana Derby. Apparently, those performances impressed more than Verrazano’s Wood Memorial win as he dropped 3 spots despite passing the Grade I test. He’s even behind Oxbow despite him being idle since finishing 2nd to Will Take Charge in the Rebel (Oxbow races in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby).
The bottom half on our poll on the other hand has been in a state of flux since February. Super 99 and Flashback were suspect from the get go and have fallen by the wayside. Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby, but there’s lingering suspicion over whether he a legit contender. Our good friend Chris Hernandez is so cynical of this year’s 3 year old crop that his ballot was: 1) Oxbow; 2) War Academy; 3-12) Blank. Can’t say I blame him, when you assess the performances and pedigrees of the contenders it’s hard to be enthusiastic.
However, there’s one key fact to consider: no matter how mediocre the horses that load into the Derby gate may be, one of them has to win.
The WirePlayers blog is fueled by Liege waffles, Ardbeg, and 50 cent Pick 4s. But it’s these fine individuals who provide the brain power behind the Derby Dozen (Poll #4 ballots):
Brian Zipse from Horse Racing Nation
Rob from Amateurcapper
Geno from EquiSpace
Tony Bada Bing from A Leg Up