Proven Performers and Other’s to Watch on Road to Kentucky Derby
In the coming weeks and months, we’re going to see more quality colts emerge as contenders on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Some of those will be listed in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 on Feb. 9-11. Some of the successful horses and winners from 2017 that took future wager action in pool 1 include Bolt ‘d Oro, Good Magic, McKinzie and Solomini. More recent winners drawing wagering interest and worth watching include Catholic Boy, Instilled Regard and Copper Bullet. Also, Enticed has been off since winning the Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25, and he’ll make his 2018 debut soon at Gulfstream.
There are many others to watch in upcoming races:
Combatant: Smarty Jones runner-up an intriguing prospect for trainer Steve Asmussen
Free Drop Billy: Breeders Futurity (G1) winner has been off since 9th in BC Juvenile
Sporting Chance: Off since Hopeful (G1) win in Sept., Bullet works this week at Oaklawn
Avery Island: Street Sense colt won Nashua (G2) & runner-up as favorite in Remsen.
Principe Guilherme: Tapit colt was runner-up as favorite in Lecomte & eyes Risen Star
Greyvitos: No workouts since Springboard Mile win Dec. 17
Zulfikhar: Won only race last July & training well for Baffert at Santa Anita for 2018 debut
Mendelssohn: BC Juvenile Turf winner bred for dirt, Irish-based colt expected to target European Road to Kentucky Derby
With a three-week gap between Derby prep qualifiers, the next races are Feb. 3 – the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita and the second 1 1/8 mile test on the trail, the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct (Remson winner Catholic Boy was first 1 1/8 mile race).
We’ll try to identify some worthy maiden and allowance winners targeting those and other Derby preps in the coming weeks. Remember, 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming broke his maiden Jan. 25, 2017 and then won an allowance race. He was offered at 50-1 in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 3 before winning his stakes debut in the Florida Derby to drop sharply to 6-1. Always Dreaming then won the Kentucky Derby at 9-2 odds.