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A to Z horses – Expecting Exciting Entries


E is for enthusiastic expectation, even as equine prospects begin to emerge for the Kentucky Derby, the first gem in horse racing’s famous Triple Crown.

NOTE: This post represents a bit of a departure from my A to Z series of special horses, although these horses may certainly be deemed extraordinary.

The Run for the Roses, set to run on the first weekend in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, has room for 20 three-year-old starters.

Based on graded stakes earnings alone, the current candidates would likely include:

  1. Hansen
  2. Daddy Long Legs
  3. Union Rags
  4. Wrote
  5. Take Charge Indy
  6. Creative Cause
  7. Sabercat
  8. Hero of Order (not nominated)
  9. Daddy Nose Best
  10. Secret Circle
  11. Dullahan
  12. Liaison
  13. Prospective
  14. Drill
  15. On Fire Baby
  16. Went the Day Well
  17. Rousing Sermon
  18. Mark Valeski
  19. El Padrino
  20. Reveron
  21. Isn’t He Clever
  22. Optimizer
  23. Alpha
  24. Trinniberg
  25. Castaway
  26. I’ll Have Another
  27. My Adonis
  28. Battle Hardened
  29. Brother Francis
  30. Gemologist
Of course, a few prep races remain, so the earnings roster is likely to shift somewhat.

Anything can happen in horse racing.

Some of these horses aren’t even in the running for the Derby anymore. Injuries and conditioning strategies kick in, booting prospects from the Derby trail. A few may reemerge for the Preakness or Belmont Stakes.

Trainers and owners can scratch horses in the coming weeks. Jockey changes may occur. Last-minute champions are likely to crop up.

It’s a horse race, after all.

Who do I like best for this year’s Kentucky Derby?

Here are my top 21 favorites, so far. (Yes, someone will surely scratch a horse!) I’m listing them alphabetically, as I’m still sorting out my primo picks.

  1. Alpha
  2. Bodemeister
  3. Creative Cause
  4. Daddy Long Legs
  5. Dullahan
  6. El Padrino
  7. Gemologist
  8. Hansen
  9. I’ll Have Another
  10. Liaison
  11. Daddy Nose Best
  12. Mark Valeski
  13. Optimizer
  14. Prospective
  15. Reveron
  16. Rousing Sermon
  17. Sabercat
  18. Secret Circle
  19. Take Charge Indy
  20. Union Rags
  21. Went the Day Well
This roster is sure to change, perhaps almost daily, until post positions are drawn and the exciting entries line up in the starting gate.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I can't wait for Derby Day! Even in Iowa we have race parties, drink juleps and wear our funky bonnets while watching the Debry on the TV! :) ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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