Aaron asked in SportsHorse Racing · 9 years ago

Who is your favorite Kentucky Derby contender 2012 so far?

Many people may say Union Rags or Algorithms or Hansen, but I am really keeping a close eye on "Dullahan" who has ran pretty good since going 2 turns. I think he will handle the dirt at Churchill, & I think he is going to like the distance.

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  • 9 years ago
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    At this point, with more derby prep races coming up, it's hard to pick one favorite, however, I do agree with your choice as one of many that I'm keeping my eye on. Here the horses in my virtual stable along with some long shots not necessarily in order of preference-

    I agree with Dullahan- (D.Romans K. Desormeaux) I was very intrigued by this horse, considering he came in 2nd after a 4 month layoff in the Palm Beach (Gr3) Next Start: Apr 14 - Blue Grass (G1)

    Also: Tops my list is Union Rags (Michael Matz, trainer; Julien Leparoux, jockey): An amazing horse. As the Fountain of Youth (G2) winner he worked 5 furlongs in 1:04 1/5 under Leparoux at Palm Meadows on Saturday.Next start: Florida Derby (G1), Gulfstream, March 31.

    ~ Secret Circle (Bob Baffert, Rafael Bejarano): Showed versatility by stalking leaders before Rebel (G2) win. Has won 5 of 6 races, with only loss by a half-length in the Sham (G3). Next start: Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn, April 7.

    ~ Howe Great (Graham Motion, John Velazquez): Palm Beach (G3) winner is turf tested, but may wait until Derby for his test on dirt. Team Valor's Barry Irwin took a similar route with 2011 Derby winner Animal Kingdom .Next start: Blue Grass (G1), Keeneland, April 14.

    ~ Hansen (Mike Maker, Ramon Dominguez): Gotham (G3) winner worked 4 furlongs in 50 2/5 seconds at Churchill Downs trackside training center on Sunday. Next start: Wood Memorial (G1), Aqueduct, April 7.

    El Padrino (Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano): Risen Star (G2) winner among Pletcher's many Derby hopefuls. Colt has won both starts in 2012. Next start: Florida Derby.

    ~ Gemologist (Pletcher, Castellano): Won long-awaited 3-year-old debut by seven lengths in an allowance race at Gulfstream on Friday. Improve to 4 of 4. Next start: Wood Memorial.

    ~ Creative Cause (Mike Harrington, Joel Rosario): San Felipe (G2) winner may end up as top West Coast contender for Derby. Next start: Santa Anita Derby (G1), Santa Anita, April 7.

    ~ Alpha (Kiaran McLaughlin, Dominguez): Withers (G3) winner worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 Saturday at Palm Meadows. Final Derby prep still not definite, probable Florida Derby.

    ~ Bodemeister (Baffert, Bejarano): Named for Baffert's youngest son, Bode. A game second in San Felipe in third career start. Next start: Santa Anita Derby.

    ~ Mark Valeski (Larry Jones, Rosie Napravnik): Risen Star runner-up working toward final Derby prep at home base. Next start: Louisiana Derby (G1), Fair Grounds, April 1.

    Also: Optimizer who came to a nice flying close to place in the Rebel..definate speed there. Also, looking forward to watching Take Charge Indy in next Prep...

    We shall see.. :)

    Source(s): Horse Racing Nation for supported Facts in text.
  • 9 years ago

    Note: Algorithms is off the derby trail due to injury.

    My top five so far (in order)

    1. Union Rags

    2. Hansen

    3. Secret Circle

    4. Creative Cause

    5. Alpha

    Lets also keep an eye on Gemolgist who defeated Currency Swap by 7 Sat. in Alw company.

    Source(s): That`s Me
  • ?
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    So far, Hansen. However, it is still very early.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago


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