Andre’ Chapman | Analyzed Sports
The 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby doesn’t arrive for another three months, but that doesn’t stop horse racing fans across the country from focusing on the early two-year-old Derby hopefuls for 2018. It’s Super Early so my list will definitely change as the Derby Prep Races get stronger over the next few months. I’ll update next month, but until then here’s my top five as of January 30, 2018. Stay Tuned…
Here’s my Early Top Five 2018 Kentucky Derby Hopefuls
1. Good Magic – Remember Curlin, the 2007 Preakness Stakes winner, and Third Place finisher in the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Good Magic is the son of Curlin. This Colt is improving. Good Magic had a close loss to Firenze Fire finishing 2nd in the Champagne Stakes in October but beat emerging superstar Bolt d’ Oro in the Breeders Cup Juvenile the following month. Good Magic is a closer, so I believe he definitely has the potential to place in the money if he makes it to the Kentucky Derby field.
2. Bolt d’ Oro – Bred in Kentucky. This AP Indy Colt had an electrifying performance winning by 7 1/2 lengths in the FrontRunner Stakes finishing with a 103 Beyer Speed. Won easily in that Grade One Stakes, but finished a disappointing third to Good Magic in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. This Colt would be Number One on my list if it wasn’t for that third place finish. He’s an athletic Colt though because he still was able to finish third after going wide on both turns in the BC Juve before fighting down the stretch trying to catch Good Magic. I Can’t wait to see this Top Two Year Old again. Give him a follow on Twitter @theboltshow
3. McKinzie – This Colt is a natural who likes to run around mid-pack. Bob Baffert horse. Looked impressive in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes winning by 3 1/2 lengths over his competition. Can he handle a stronger deeper field? I’m not sure but so far this Street Sense Colt has taken huge strides winning with the Blinkers off in his last gallop.
4. Firenze Fire – He’s won the Champagne Stakes and the Jerome Stakes, but I need to see more. He’s a closer that likes the mud but runs out of control for me to move him up my list more. Although he beat Good Magic early in a close race, he finished 7th against other Derby Hopefuls in the Breeders Cup Juvenile which is why I list Good Magic as the better Colt as of now. Has a lot of work to do before the championship prep races get here.
5. Greyvitos – Won the Springboard Mile in December. More Colts will probably emerge over the next couple of months to replace Greyvitos for this position, but I like the Grey Colt and would like to see how he does over the next few months. Has potential but I don’t know if he will be able to hold on as a Kentucky Derby Contender. I need to see him against better competition.
Remember these Dates – Risen Star Stakes (Feb. 17, 2018) – Fountain of Youth Stakes (Mar. 3, 2018)