Derby Dozen 5

Welcome to Kentucky Derby Week.  The list below is made before the draw, and a final round of Kentucky Derby Picks and Ponderings about each horse will be made after the draw.

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 however are more snarky than serious.

 

(Note: As this list is published before the final list is published including all the panelists, a link to the final ballot will be provided once it is available.  As indicated above, this is a pre-draw list and not indicative of final opinions.)

 

Without further ado, and for the last time, here's the Derby Dozen.

  1. REVOLUTIONARY         Winstar, Pletcher, and Borel.  Tag Team, back again.

 

  1. ORB                   Giving off more steam than a Japanese noodle shop.

 

  1. FEAR THE KITTEN         They don’t run the Derby on polytrack so you could toss the last two.  He’s hit the board in his two dirt tries at three, and he certainly checks the pedigree box.  Toss at your own risk.

 

  1. NORMANDY INVASION    Don’t see him as the second horse ever by Tapit to win at ten furlongs, but I won’t dissuade anyone who thinks he could pass gasping horses and sneak into the fourth spot.

 

  1. GOLDENCENTS        Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Haskell winner...

 

  1. VERAZZANO            Ten furlongs is still a bridge too far.

 

  1. ITSMYLUCKYDAY        More over the top than the bad 80s movie about arm wrestling.

 

  1. BLACK ONYX        His pedigree isn’t that bad at first blush, but he beat a questionable bunch in the Spiral.

 

  1. LINES OF BATTLE        Handicappers everywhere are hoping he doesn’t draw the one hole so there can be two instant throwouts.

 

  1. VYJACK            If he wins, can I blame my bad handicapping on a chest infection?

 

  1. OVERANALYZE        He has Union Rags winning a slow-as-molasses Belmont to thank for deflecting the “Can he get ten furlongs?” question.

 

  1. JAVA’S WAR            Your token Blue Grass winner turned Derby throw-out also has the “somebody had to be second behind Verazzano at Tampa” card.

 

Got any good contenders? Don't see your favorite?  State your case, drop a comment, and let me know.

  1. REVOLUTIONARY         Winstar, Pletcher, and Borel.  Tag Team, back again.

 

  1. ORB                   Giving off more steam than a Japanese noodle shop.

 

  1. FEAR THE KITTEN         They don’t run the Derby on polytrack so you could toss the last two.  He’s hit the board in his two dirt tries at three, and he certainly checks the pedigree box.  Toss at your own risk.

 

  1. NORMANDY INVASION    Don’t see him as the second horse ever by Tapit to win at ten furlongs, but I won’t dissuade anyone who thinks he could pass gasping horses and sneak into the fourth spot.

 

  1. GOLDENCENTS        Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Haskell winner...

 

  1. VERAZZANO            Ten furlongs is still a bridge too far.

 

  1. ITSMYLUCKYDAY        More over the top than the bad 80s movie about arm  wrestling.

 

  1. BLACK ONYX        His pedigree isn’t that bad at first blush, but he beat a questionable bunch in the Spiral.

 

  1. LINES OF BATTLE        Handicappers everywhere are hoping he doesn’t draw the one hole so there can be two instant throwouts.

 

  1. VYJACK            If he wins, can I blame my bad handicapping on a chest infection?

 

  1. OVERANALYZE        He has Union Rags winning a slow-as-molasses Belmont to thank for deflecting the “Can he get ten furlongs?” question.

 

  1. JAVA’S WAR            Your token Blue Grass winner turned Derby throw-out also has the “somebody had to be second behind Verazzano at Tampa” card.

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