Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Top Five Derby Contenders 4/25/17
TOP FIVE DERBY CONTENDERS 4/25/17
It is truly hard to believe that we are just 11 days away from the running of the Kentucky Derby! I have donned the wizard hat and contemplated all the perimeters and possibilities, applied sound logic and pure buffoonery. Using all my powers and consulting with various forms of internet information...I have come up with this esteemed decision.
My picks from last week haven't changed any...
1) ALWAYS DREAMING. Todd Pletcher trained. Probable jockey
Johnny Velasquez. He's being shipped to Churchill today. Watch for him.
2) GIRVIN. I like the way he ran in Louisiana. I don't quite understand why
Joe Sharp is training him at Keeneland..but he'll ship to Churchill on Friday.
3) CLASSIC EMPIRE. Two for two at Churchill. Julian Leparoux on board. 2 yr. old of the year. A lot to like here...
4) IRISH WAR CRY. Jockey Rajiv Maragh might be the "feel good" story here with his comeback after injury in 2015. Winner of the Wood...he has a shot.
5) McCRAKEN. "Crackers" loves Churchill. Ian Wilkes will have him ready to roll. He needed the third place finish in the Bluegrass. He's "home" now.
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Archie's picks have not changed from last week:
1) GUNNERVERA. Archie is high on this runner bouncing back from his third-place finish in the Florida Derrby. The horse has shown "bounce" trend in his career...good race, bad race.
2) CLASSIC EMPIRE: His win in the Arkansas Derby was enough to move him up in Archie's rankings. That long Churchill stretch and coming back to a track he loves can't hurt, right?
3) McCRAKEN. Another that could improve now that he has a race under his belt. The home track angle applies here...he's happy to be back home and the workouts are showing that.
4) TAPWRIT. Didn't fire so well in the Blue Grass Stakes (5th.) but comes out of the Todd Pletcher barn and should be respected.
5) ALWAYS DREAMING. The Florida Derby win was huge. Can he pull off that kind of performance in Kentucky?