2014 Derby Dozen 1

Lots of people make Kentucky Derby lists.  Some go ten deep, some twelve deep (here we do that), some do sixteen, some do twenty, and there’s one place that goes one hundred horses long.

Okay, that’s fine.  Heck, even your grandmother might have a Derby list.

Here at “Picks and Ponderings” we’ll be a bit more original.  Oh sure, it’s the Derby.  And we’ll make a list and go twelve deep.  But we’re going to add some in nasty, snarky comments.   Distance challenged horses, beware.  If you’re slow, we’re putting you on the little yellow bus.

The Author is pleased for the third straight year to be a member of the “Derby Dozen” panel for WirePlayers.  Each member of the panel chooses and then ranks 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.   This year, in addition, horses 1-10 will represent my  ballot in the NTRA Media poll, when said poll commences.   NTRA poll results will be available from that site and tweeted on Mondays/Tuesdays, two days after the list below, if possible.  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, usually the Wednesday or Thursday after this poll is submitted, four or five days after.)

Update, February 5: Full list is below the 12th horse. Full article is here.

Okay, enough disclaimers and jibber jabber.   Without further ado, here’s the Derby Dozen. (Week ending Feb. 2)

  1. HONOR CODE        Plod. So. Hard.


  1. SHARED BELIEF        After winning the no-points CashCall Futurity, he can win the no-points Illinois Derby just for laughs.


  1. TOP BILLING            The buzz horse kids go for.


  1. A STEP AHEAD        Don’t choke: The founder of the Stop Betting Giant Oak Foundation (SBGOF) is not drinking the haterade on his full brother.


  1. CAIRO PRINCE        Decent pedigree for the preps. Decent way to pounce off a quick pace at Gulfstream. Decent is the only adjective I can say in this space.


  1. NOBLE MOON        Yawn, a Malibu Moon progeny horse wins by beating a field of cupcakes on the inner track at Aqueduct.


  1. MIDNIGHT HAWK        Being part-owned by the Blackhawks’ coach will give Chicagoans something to root for on the west.


  1. ALMOST FAMOUS        Being owned by the Sandfords (of Take Charge Indy fame)  will give Chicagoans something to root for in the South.


  1. TANZANITE CAT        If you like this horse for the Derby, you’re climbing up the wrong tree.


  1. SAMRAAT            Yawn, a forward placed horse keeps his undefeated record by beating a field of cupcakes on a speed favoring inner track at Aqueduct.


  1. VINCEREMOS        Not sure what’s more painful: how slow and wobbly his win in the Davis was or how Grunder couldn’t pull apart the photo on the wire.


  1. VICAR’S IN TROUBLE    Not even Ken Ramsey’s boasting and shilling can get this one to the Derby he seeks.




Don’t see your favorite?  State your case, drop a comment, and let me know.


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