Kentucky Derby (Speed) Rankings – Week 13

The Derby Rankings are pretty much what they were last week with possibly a few minor changes still to come. But because we have thrown speed ratings, especially the Thoro-Graph numbers, at you all year we have decided that this week’s post will be a separate Rankings based solely on those numbers…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 12

Well, the Kentucky Derby picture is as clear as it is going to get, except for who the true No. 1 horse is. We will have a little time to ponder it during a short break next week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Smarty Jones’ memorable Kentucky Derby victory. Because of the time off,…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 11

Welcome to the new look Derby Rankings, we hope you like the new format! As expected, we have a major shakeup in the Rankings with Fierceness zooming back to the top. We are going to a Sweet 16 this week in honor of the NCAA Tournament. There is so little to say about many of the horses who have earned their way into the Derby but really don’t look like they have much of a chance of winning or making an impact and also the horses who are running this weekend that are difficult to separate. The final three 100-point races should provide enough answers to give us a solid Top 15…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 10

We have finally crossed the long-awaited threshold into the 100-point races and even with the Jeff Ruby Steaks having little or no impact on the Kentucky Derby with the winner heading elsewhere, we were treated by several excellent performances in the Louisiana Derby, and on a fast track. So let’s hope for races this formful and exciting in the next two weeks…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 9

With the annual lull between the 50-point and 100-point races there isn’t much to do other than see what we’ve got so far, check out the latest Future Wager, see what undiscovered gems may still out there, make some sense of the speed ratings, and take a look at the prospective fields in the next three all-important weekends…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 8

Another race this week in which we learned nothing, so we’re back to 15 and keeping the list somewhat elite, while letting the rest of them fight it out in the big 100-point races. There is so little separating many of these horses the order is virtually meaningless until further developments and racing results reveal which true Derby contenders will emerge from the pack…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 7

What was supposed to be a revealing weekend of Kentucky Derby preps went down the proverbial drain with a rash of scratches, most of them favorites and contenders in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, and a continuation of this year’s slopfest, all of which just added to the confusion in finding a legitimate Derby favorite…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 6

With a big weekend coming up and an uninspiring Rebel Stakes field won by the heavily favored Timberlake on Saturday, some of the comments this week and part of Knocking on the Door will be of a more personal nature, as I will be focus more on observations and whatever thoughts, off-the-wall or not, pop into my head…

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Kentucky Derby Rankings – Week 5

With confusion comes expansion, so we are going with a top 20 this week to include the two Japanese horses of interest, as it may be time to start taking these horses seriously. But we should learn more after the Saudi Derby…

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