Inside the Kentucky Derby, America's greatest racing party

Kentucky Confidential

KYC Contributor Archive

Pete Denk

Kerry Thomas, the Herd Whisperer

Rating the Kentucky Derby field’s emotional balance.

Profile: Archarcharch

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.

Profile: Santiva

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.

Profile: Animal Kingdom

There are an awful lot of things to like about Animal Kingdom, but there is one giant unknown: Can he run on dirt?

Profile: Shackleford

There is a good chance Shackleford will be underestimated again in Louisville, pace and distance concerns notwithstanding.

Profile: Stay Thirsty

In order to compete in this Derby, Stay Thirsty would need to improve on his two best races. That’s asking an awful lot.

Profile: Soldat

Soldat is a fast horse, but his profile doesn’t scream Kentucky Derby winner.

Profile: Nehro

Nehro is a serious contender to hit the board. With just a little improvement, he becomes a win candidate.

Buying a Derby Winner: A Few Rules and A Lot of Luck

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.

Profile: Midnight Interlude

Going up in class while facing a ton of new variables, the Derby for Midnight Interlude is likely to be a valuable learning race.