Jon & Joel recap last weekend’s Wood Memorial (G1) & Santa Anita Derby (G1) and talk about each race’s effect on the TCI Top 10. They also break down Saturday’s final round of major Kentucky Derby preps – the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and tell you what to watch for.
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TCI Top 10
|1||Revolutionary||105||Handled business in La. Derby, but will he regress or move forward now after the big effort off an 8-week layoff?|
|2||Verrazano||104||Wood played into his hands and he did what he had to do while never being asked for his best; Your Derby favorite.|
|3||Orb||102||Impressive progression this winter in Florida, and feeling is that he has another forward step in him; Great Derby profile.|
|4||Oxbow||101||Bad luck again drawing the 10-hole in Ark. Derby, but it’s about time he shows he can overcome it and finish on top.|
|5||Normandy Invasion||104||Will be this year’s wise-guy horse in the Derby after impressive sub-12 final 1/8th and big gallop out in Wood.|
|6||Goldencents||106||Big win in SA Derby; Could be the pacesetter in a relatively pace-less KY Derby, but distance concerns still loom.|
|7||Itsmyluckyday||111||Couldn’t capitalize on a perfect trip in FL Derby, as late kick was clearly less explosive; Peaked too soon?|
|8||Vyjack||100||Has never run a bad race, including in the Wood where he bled through his Lasix according to his owner.|
|9||War Academy||99||Should get the pace to set up his closing punch in Saturday’s Ark. Derby; Must prove he’s ready for the big stage.|
|10||Will Take Charge||101||Big colt seems like one who could’ve benefited from more experience, but instead, he skipped a final prep.|
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