The Contenders Profiling Derby starters
Denk on Horses
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.
Going up in class while facing a ton of new variables, the Derby for Midnight Interlude is likely to be a valuable learning race.
If Brilliant Speed takes to dirt, he is a logical threat to hit the board in the Derby.
Dialed In does something I love to see: He runs big every time he goes to post.
Uncle Mo deserved the hype, and he still deserves consideration in the Derby.