First Impressions of Kentucky Derby Contenders

by TCI 6 years ago

After several mornings on the Churchill Downs backside, Jon and Joel give their first impressions of the Derby contenders that are currently on the grounds in Louisville, including the ones who have physically looked the best, trained the best, and given off the most positive signs to date. Who looks to be sitting on a big performance? You may be surprised.

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Bris Comments
1 California Chrome 106 Deserving Derby favorite after back-to-back fast and dominant victories, but has he peaked a month too early?
2 Samraat 99 Wood performance was typical of his runs in the Withers & Gotham; Needs more on May 3rd, but he’s capable.
3 Social Inclusion 106 Stays on list for now but likely to come off without enough Derby points; If so, he’s a huge threat in Preakness.
4 Dance With Fate 99 Always been a good colt and quietly has a nice form cycle going into the Derby; Dirt is the question.
5 Wicked Strong 103 Relished a return to AQU and rewarded those who stuck with him since the Remsen; Will need his AQU form, not GP form.
6 Hoppertunity 99 Consistent and solid, just not sure he’s destined to be top class; Will be a wise-guy horse in Louisville.
7 Danza 104 Looked awesome physically and in performance at Oaklawn; Half-bro just won at 1 ½ miles so there’s some stamina.
8 Intense Holiday 99 The track & race didn’t favor his style in La. Derby, but the KY Derby will favor his style; Still needs a big forward step.
9 Medal Count 97 One of the few that is screaming for 1 ¼ miles, but the Derby will be his third race in 4 weeks.
10 We Miss Artie 94 If this classy colt is going to handle dirt it’ll be at Churchill, and connections have always been confident he will.

OFF: Cairo Prince
through 4/25/2014


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