With the final meaningful prep races occurring this weekend, here’s our penultimate ranking of Kentucky Derby contenders. Off a blistering performance in the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome is the clear cut favorite garnering 5 first place votes. Tapiture received 2 first place votes and Wicked Strong had one. Interestingly, despite having a measly 9 Derby points, Conquest Titan picked up first place votes from two very loyal souls (one of which is your truly). My theory: Conquest Titan’s lackluster performance at Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs can be excused due to quirky racing surfaces that did not suit his running style. After all, Wicked Strong’s breakout performance in the Wood Memorial, after getting trounced at Gulfstream, may be the result of his finally finding a fair track. So, my theory holds, give Conquest Titan a fair track, a contested early pace, and a route of ground to run over and I’m all in. Right now though I’m just hoping he makes it into the race.
If you want an unscientific analysis of this weekend’s Derby prep races, there’s this: the 9 horse field Arkansas Derby has 5 horses on our top 12 (and a 6th Ride On Curlin is just off the list); while the 15 horse Blue Grass Stakes has none. That may or may not mean anything. Oh, here’s the ballots.
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