Once again, it's time for another round of Derby Dozen. With ten weeks to the event, and a number of February preps in the books, The Author has returned with a new list.
The Author is pleased to be a member of the "Derby Dozen" panel for WirePlayers. Each member of the panel chooses twelve of the best Kentucky Derby Contenders. In addition, there are comments from members of the panel. The list is taken fairly seriously; the comments not so much and are more like, for example, "Five on Five" in RedEye.
The Author, with the aid of Wireplayers is also providing a schedule of Kentucky Derby Prepatory Races that you can follow along with throughout the spring.
Without further ado, here's The Author's Derby Dozen.
1) TAKE CHARGE INDY
The plan is the Tampa Bay Derby then home for the Illinois Derby. Worked well for Musket Man, and it might work even better this time around.
He’ll be the Sole Survivor to move on to the Derby from the Aqueduct series of preps.
3) UNION RAGS
Say hello to improving three-year-olds. Now say goodbye when they pass you by.
With all the humans involved, it adds up to a serious contender.
5) OUT OF BOUNDS
That’s what I think of the others in Southern California.
He’s digging himself into a hole by doing nothing in February.
7) EL PADRINO
Still getting a ton of credit for beating my top pick.
8) I'LL HAVE ANOTHER
I’ll Have Another West Coast Throwout.
9) LUCKY CHAPPY
Animal Kingdom 2: Coming soon at overbet odds to a Spiral Stakes near you.
Ladies and gentlemen, your Haskell winner.
11) BATTLE HARDENED
I love this quality in a Derby contender. Too bad he’s not even close to being that.
He gets another chance to learn to rate in the Gotham Mile presented by Stay Puft Marshmallows.
For more information on the Derby Dozen, and to see the final ballot, visit WirePlayers' Derby Dozen Page.
Got any good contenders? Don't see your favorite? State your case, drop a comment, and let me know.