Keeler Johnson's 2019 Kentucky Derby Roundup
With just three months remaining until the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the prep season is really starting to heat up.It seems like yesterday that the Road to the Kentucky Derby was just getting underway with the running of the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, but that was nearly five months ago, and since then nearly two-dozen prep races have been run in North America, Europe, and Japan.
Along the way, I've provided extensive analysis of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series for BetAmerica. In addition to my weekly Kentucky Derby Top 10, I've written recaps of prep races and profiles of major contenders, plus a few general Derby-related articles rating prep races, analyzing trends, and more.
If you're just getting up to speed on what's been happening along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, you've come to the right place! I've got you covered with links to all my Derby-related coverage going back to September. Dig in and enjoy!
Top Ten RankingsSeptember 7: Way-Too-Early 2019 Kentucky Derby Top 10 October 8: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Top 10 November 5: Game Winner the Early Leader November 11: Pedigree Ratings November 26: Signalman Moves Up December 3: Maximus Mischief On the Rise December 10: Game Winner Challenged By his Stablemate? December 17: No Changes (For Now) December 24: Thoughts, Insights, and Fun Facts December 31: The Calm Before the Storm January 7: Major Changes to Kick Off 2019 January 21: A Win Win Win Situation January 28: Where Does Hidden Scroll Rank? February 3: Who's On, Who's Gone?
General AnalysisBaffert is Loaded in Quest for Record-Equaling Sixth Kentucky Derby Win Analyzing the Strength of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Field 2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby Year-End Review Rating the First Round of 2019 Kentucky Derby Preps When Do Kentucky Derby Winners Typically Debut? Early Impressions on the Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby Game Winner vs. Mind Control: Who's More Likely to Win the Kentucky Derby?
Prep Race RecapsFebruary 2 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park February 2 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct February 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita January 25 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park January 19 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds January 5 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita January 1 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct December 16 Remington Springboard Mile at Remington Park December 8 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) at Los Alamitos December 1 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct November 24 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs November 24 Cattleya Sho Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse November 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs October 6 Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland October 6 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park September 15 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs September 3 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) at Del Mar September 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga
Kentucky Derby Contender ProfilesCairo Cat (off the trail) Signalman Maximus Mischief Improbable Long Range Toddy Mind Control Gunmetal Gray War of Will Tax, Mucho Gusto, and Harvey Wallbanger