KYC Contributor Archive
Rating the Kentucky Derby field’s emotional balance.
If he can get a clean trip through the first six furlongs, his natural speed should allow him to be creeping up behind the winners at the quarter pole.
In order to hit the board, Santiva needs to run back to his effort in the Risen Star while stretching out to 1 1/4 miles.
There are an awful lot of things to like about Animal Kingdom, but there is one giant unknown: Can he run on dirt?
There is a good chance Shackleford will be underestimated again in Louisville, pace and distance concerns notwithstanding.
In order to compete in this Derby, Stay Thirsty would need to improve on his two best races. That’s asking an awful lot.
Soldat is a fast horse, but his profile doesn’t scream Kentucky Derby winner.
Nehro is a serious contender to hit the board. With just a little improvement, he becomes a win candidate.
You can buy horses with Derby potential. There are hundreds sold every year, and there are a few dozen good trainers and bloodstock agents who can root those prospects out for you.
Going up in class while facing a ton of new variables, the Derby for Midnight Interlude is likely to be a valuable learning race.