Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby preview

by TCI 6 years ago

The TCI guys briefly recap the Spiral Stakes and Sunland Derby before moving on full bore to this Saturday’s first major weekend of final preps for the Run for the Roses with the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. Can you believe it’s that close? Many of the colts that will seriously impact this year’s Kentucky Derby are in action, and the guys opine on which of the two races will produce – and which one likely will not.

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Bris Comments
1 Cairo Prince 100 Can stamp himself as the clear Derby favorite this Saturday; Darley’s investment shows McLaughlin’s confidence.
2 Social Inclusion 106 Will get a stiff class test in Wood Memorial with the likes of Uncle Sigh and other quality pace presence.
3 Constitution 96 Showed his promise while crushing a good Gulfstream allowance field, but the water gets much deeper in FL Derby.
4 Samraat 99 Still lugging in and not putting away his competition in the stretch, but also still winning; Wood Memorial will tell all.
5 Tonalist 93 Would be a very live contender in the Wood if conservative trainer runs him; Physically looks tailor-made for the Classics.
6 Candy Boy 97 Another fast developer suited for Classic distances; Could now be California’s top hopeful with Shared Belief out.
7 California Chrome 102 Improved his Kentucky Derby chances with the recent decision to have a needed final prep in the Santa Anita Derby.
8 Conquest Titan 93 Flat finish at Tampa can be forgivable over that surface, but could he just be going the wrong direction? Must bounce back.
9 Tapiture 99 Horse for Churchill’s course keeps running well and is in great hands; Distance, not quality, could be the main hurdle.
10 Intense Holiday 99 Vastly improved and the La. Derby looks like his to lose; Needs another step forward to be a serious KY Derby contender.

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