Kentucky Derby Top Five In Points Standings

Gun Runner holds off Foreveamo. (Photo by Fair Grounds) The Kentucky Derby is on May 7 this year. What it means is that the Derby will take place 2 weeks from this Saturday. It's time to start handicapping the race! Too early, you say?  I don't think so. It's highly likely that the 20 horses listed in the point standings, with the exception of Cupid whom Bob Baffert has already declared from the race, will make it to [...]

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings

What a bummer the 2016 Florida Derby turned out to be. It wasn't a bummer for everybody. The connections of Nyquist certainly didn't think it was a bummer after they took down a cool $1 million for winning the Florida Derby as a Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale Graduate. That bumped up Nyquist's earnings to a gargantuan $3,322,600. Nyquist will be the richest horse to ever start in the Kentucky Derby. But he's not at the top of my rankings. Mohaymen doesn't [...]

Weekend Pick 3 Recap 4/4/16

1. Nyquist > Mohaymen   Nyquist winning the Florida Derby (Photo by Arron Haggart/Eclipse Sportswire) I was sitting amongst 500 and some odd players at the Horse Player World Series when the Florida Derby went off. Couldn’t hear Larry Collmus over the screaming as Nyquist buried his opponents including Mohaymen who finished a non-descript 4th. I remember thinking to myself “there’s a wow performance, clearly everyone will be impressed with that.” Then I signed onto twitter. People were [...]

Florida Derby Saturday card at Gulfstream

Thoroughbred fans have been scouting their Kentucky Derby hopefuls for several months and for many of them two of the horses that are among the top five on their respective lists - if not the top two spots - will clash on Saturday afternoon in the Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby in the 14th and final race on a stakes-filled card at Gulfstream Park. Last year's champion two-year-old colt, Nyquist, trained by Doug O'Neill of I'll Have Another fame, [...]

Kentucky Derby Will Miss One True Star

Were about 8 weeks out from the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Forgive me, but I'm just not all that excited about this year's Kentucky Derby as I have been in year's past. The reason why is because the absolute best three-year-old that I've seen run in years, that I've seen that's maybe better than American Pharoah, won't run in this year's Kentucky Derby. Jerry Hollendorfer has already stated that he won't run Songbird in the Kentucky Derby. Based on what I've [...]

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2

The field closed as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2 at 5/2. Horsplayers bet over $72,000 on the field in Pool 2. A close second choice is the Kiaran McLaughlin trained Mohaymen. If the pool hadn't closed until after the San Vicente this past Monday, Nyquist, last year's Breeders Cup Juvenile winner, might have fought Mohaymen for favoritism. Nyquist ended up at 7/1 and a solid third choice in the Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2. Even with [...]