Kentucky Derby Trail: All Others
Well, we have our Top 23 Future Wager horses. Of course, old reliable “all others” is the morning line favorite, which every year provides bettors with the worst odds imaginable. But what if you matched the Top 23 with and second-tier group and see which group proves more successful and sends the most horses to the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.
Let’s give it a shot and see if the proven and heavily touted horses can outdo the so-called lesser accomplished horses.
Missing from the main list are classy 2-year-old stakes horses D' Funnybone , Discreetly Mine , Pulsion, Interactif, Uh Oh Bango, Peppi Knows, and Soaring Empire , as well as a host of impressive allowance and maiden winners from this year. Many of the seven horses mentioned above could very well displace those on the big list without it being much of a surprise
So, here is a representative group of 23 in alphabetical order to challenge the heavy hitters.
Afleet Express —Not sure how far he wants to go, but love his two races
Colizeo— Impressive breaking his maiden going 1 1/8 miles
Day of Destiny—Ran down tough pacesetter in 7f maiden, should stretch out
D' Funnybone —Throw out BC Juvenile and he’s hard to fault; distance so-so
Discreetly Mine —Classy 2-year-old, strong pedigree; should improve two turns
Hotep—Big move on turn while under wraps in FG maiden score
Ice Box —Looked good winning Gulfstream allowance at 1 1/8 miles
Interactif—Really want to see him on dirt and allowed to make late run
Lentenor —Time to get him on dirt after impressive grass maiden win
Mission Impazible —Gets class test in Monday’s Southwest Stakes
Moojab—Not sure about distance; gets class test in Southwest
Nextdoorneighbor—Ran huge in two-turn debut; bred to go long
Peppi Knows—Whirlaway winner finished 2nd to Buddy’s Saint in Remsen
Prince Will I Am—Bounced back with fast-closing second vs. Drosselmeyer
Soaring Empire —A real dark horse; super pedigree; solid third in Iroquois
Tempted to Tapit—He could be any kind; romped at Aqueduct with 100 Beyer
The Program—Starting to come around; never runs a bad race
Uh Oh Bango—Headed for Sunland Derby; stakes efforts last year were big
Sitting right behind this group are:
Boulder Creek—Defeated Ziggy's Stardust and now heads for Sham Stakes
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