Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
Speak Easy was an impressive debut winner at Gulfstream Park & Just a Touch was equally eye-catching at Fair Grounds, but where do they rank among the other Kentucky Derby contenders? Aaron explains in the latest news & updates.
Visit our Kentucky Derby page for the latest news, rankings, prep race schedules, the Kentucky Derby point standings, and much more!
Pros: Two brilliant performances; easily the fastest beyer speed figure in the crop
Outlook: At his best, this horse has been brilliant, including a blowout win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita. However, he did show up with a non-effort in the Champagne Stakes (G1), which is a bit concerning. We’ll see him this week in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3).
Pros: Back to back solid stakes wins at Fair Grounds; getting better with each race
Cons: Numbers are still a tad slow
Outlook: This one looks to be developing well for Steve Asmussen, who is still looking for his first Kentucky Derby victory. If he can continue to improve, then he is going to be in the mix on the first Saturday in May. He’s now a perfect 2 for 2 at Fair Grounds in the Kentucky Derby Prep Series.
Pros: Grade 1 winner; great distance pedigree
Cons: Come-from-behind running style; third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Outlook: He is one to watch as he should get better as the distances get longer this year. Pletcher is a master at spotting his horse on the Kentucky Derby Trail, which should give this horse plenty of chances at success.
Pros: Impressive maiden score at Fair Grounds; solid trainer
Cons: A bit behind from a timing standpoint
Outlook: This colt was impressive breaking his maiden on the Lecomte Stakes undercard & earned a 94 Beyer, which is 4 points higher than what Track Phantom earned that same day. He’s a little behind from a timing standpoint, but he definitely has talent.
Pros: Getting better with each race; solid foundation
Cons: Seems to be a bit green and needs to figure things out
Outlook: It’s hard to get a read on the Remsen Stakes (G2) winner, but there is no doubt that he is getting better with each race while also stretching out in distance. He is a bit immature, which is a problem, but maybe they can get that worked out.
Pros: Solid turn of foot; great pedigree for going longer
Cons: Couldn’t finish the job in the Remsen Stakes (G2); numbers are a litte low
Outlook: This horse showed a lot of promise in his first stakes attempt, running second to Dornoch in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. He should only get better with more experience for a solid trainer in Chad Brown.
Pros: Solid pedigree; great debut Beyer of 93
Cons: Lightly raced; must jump onto the scene quickly
Outlook: His debut race was eye-catching and his pedigree says he’ll run even better when stretching out in distance. Pletcher has been outstanding with these types his entire career and this runner should be no different. He will run this weekend in an allowance at Gulfstream Park.
Pros: Nice Smarty Jones Stakes victory; solid pedigree
Cons: Still fairly green; numbers need to improve
Outlook: Once he got his mind on business in the Smarty Jones Stakes, he cruised by the front-runners with ease. He still has some things to figure out; however, he should only get better under Brad Cox.
Pros: Back to back solid wins; tremendous pedigree
Cons: Numbers must improve
Outlook: His Mucho Macho Man Stakes victory was solid. He was boxed in for most of the race; however, he came running fast once he finally got free. This horse should also show great improvement when stretching out in distance. We’ll see him this weekend in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3).
Pros: Already a graded stakes winner; solid distance pedigree
Cons: Will likely take on tougher horses at Fair Grounds
Outlook: He burst onto the scene with a solid win in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. The Fair Grounds circuit will be tough; however, this horse has shown that he can compete at a high level.
Pros: Ultra-impressive debut win
Cons: Late to the game; still has plenty of proving to do
Outlook: He was very impressive on debut when crushing a maiden special weight group on Pegasus World Cup day. Last year, Mage debuted in that race before eventually winning the Kentucky Derby. Can this horse to the same?
Pros: Impressive debut win at Churchill Downs; solid pedigree
Cons: Lightly raced
Outlook: His debut effort at Churchill Downs was impressive and he should improve with more racing for Bill Mott. However, there are currently no plans for when he might start next, which is a little concerning.
Pros: Should get better with longer distances; solid trainer
Cons: Numbers are low; only a maiden special weight winner
Outlook: Despite a horrible trip, he was still able to get the job done at Gulfstream Park in what looked to be a tough maiden special weight. He should get better when they stretch out in distance. There is NO WAY that he gets a worse trip than he did in his last start… right?
Pros: Solid trainer, showed solid improvement
Cons: Only a maiden winner; win came over the slop
Outlook: This horse looked like a monster in his maiden special weight romp at Fair Grounds and could be Brad Cox’s latest good horse. We might seem him in a stakes race next.
Pros: Getting better with each start; back to back wins
Cons: Took 4 starts to break his maiden
Outlook: He seems to be on the improve for a solid trainer after winning his second in a row, this time against allowance horses at Gulfstream Park. It was a bit underwhelming, though, so he still has some improving to do.
Pros: Two for two; solid trainer, runaway winner in both races
Cons: Pedigree is very questionable for the Derby distance
Outlook: This horse has been great in two starts; however there are major questions about how far he wants to run. We will find out a lot more about him this week in the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.
Pros: Solid trainer; back to back victories
Cons: Speed figures are low
Outlook: He’ll look for back to back stakes victories this weekend in the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park. He won the Remington Park Springboard Mile last time out; however, that race came back fairly slow from a speed figure standpoint.
Pros: Solid debut win; good pedigree, great trainer
Cons: Just one race so far and it came at Aqueduct
Outlook: We’ll see if this horse can progress after a solid debut win at Aqueduct. The horse immediately went to South Florida after his victory, which is a good sign that Pletcher likes this horse.
Pros: Solid trainer; good pedigree
Cons: Back to back poor efforts with no excuses
Outlook: There is no doubt this horse has been a major disappointment, but I still think he is better than what he’s showing. He hast to come around quickly, though, or he’s not going to be able to make an impact.
Pros: Tremendous pedigree; showed talent in debut
Cons: Still a maiden; way behind from a timing standpoint
Outlook: This is probably a long shot to make the race, but I loved the debut from this horse. He missed the break, got way too far behind, but rallied nicely to finish fourth behind Speak Easy in his debut race. You might just keep an eye out for when this horse starts next.
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the $1.25… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude take a look at the Rebel… Read More
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the $400,000… Read More
Where does Timberlake rank as a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender… Read More
Aaron previews the 2024 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) from… Read More
Aaron previews the 2024 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes from Turfway… Read More
George Krikorian’s homebred Just F Y I, the undefeated champion… Read More
The Brad Cox-trained Timberlake won the 2024 Rebel Stakes (G2)… Read More
Looking to cash in big?