The TCI Boys quickly recap the significance of the Rebel Stakes before breaking down this weekend’s final round of “quarterfinal” preps worth a total of 85 points – the Spiral S. (G3) and Sunland Derby (G3). Both will likely produce Kentucky Derby starters, but will they produce real Kentucky Derby contenders?
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TCI Top 10
|1||Revolutionary||103||Moves into the top spot due to others’ shortcomings, but must earn keeping it in the Louisiana Derby.|
|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 dual was a setback, but love the addition of a strong rider like Gomez to harness his speed.|
|4||Orb||102||Showed quality in FOY when winning from off the pace over a speed-type track; Will only get better.|
|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||Likely FL Derby favorite is clearly the fastest 3yo by speed figs right now, but still has plenty to prove.|
|7||Tiz the Truth||92||Monday’s return to the work tab is encouraging, but he’s behind the eight ball with time winding down.|
|8||Shanghai Bobby||103||Champ is as classy as they come, however, he seems the least likely from this list to excel at 1 ¼ miles.|
|9||Palace Malice||102||Gets Prado in return to the Big Easy for La. Derby; Must move forward mentally and physically.|
|10||Vyjack||100||Shown versatility, a dynamic turn of foot, and the will to win; Needs it all against Verrazano in Wood.|