With Jon on assignment in Dubai, handicapper Ed DeRosa from Brisnet.com joins Joel on the set this week to discuss one the biggest weekends on the Kentucky Derby Trail, as the final round of major preps swing into action this Saturday with 170 points up for grabs in both the Florida Derby (G1) and Louisiana Derby (G2) – two preps loaded with many of the top Derby prospects in the land. So, who’s primed to run big?
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TCI Top 10
|1||Revolutionary||103||No excuses for him in Saturday’s La. Derby – he must run big and be closing well late, and we believe he will.|
|2||Verrazano||104||Likely Derby favorite proved that his class and rare talent will take him far, but can it take him 1 ¼ miles?|
|3||Flashback||99||San Felipe speed duel was a setback, but love the addition of a strong rider like Gomez to harness his speed.|
|4||Orb||102||Expect him to run big in FL Derby, but unlike ‘Luckyday’, he feels like a colt with less to prove this Saturday.|
|5||Oxbow||101||Another unlucky trip in the Rebel, but he’s proven his quality and figures to be even better going longer.|
|6||Itsmyluckyday||111||We know he loves Gulfstream, so pressure is on to beat FL Derby cast if he’s to remain an elite Derby contender.|
|7||Shanghai Bobby||103||1 1/8 miles may not be a problem in FL Derby, but drawing the rail again could affect strategy and trip.|
|8||Palace Malice||102||Post two could be tricky in a packed La. Derby, but he’s been training well and should be sitting on a big one.|
|9||Vyjack||100||Shown versatility, a dynamic turn of foot, and the will to win; Needs it all against Verrazano in Wood.|
|10||War Academy||99||Another Baffert colt moves onto the list, and this one also possesses talent, a classic pedigree and a high ceiling.|
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