West: Derby Winner Could Still Be Anonymous

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Animal Kingdom wins the Kentucky Derby. Animal Kingdom wins the Kentucky Derby.

Despite the already-growing buzz around successful juveniles of 2013, recent history suggests that the next Kentucky Derby winner is unlikely to be on anyone's radar yet, according to ESPN's Gary West.

The last three winners of the roses were only maiden winners at the end of their 2-year-old seasons. Half of the Derbies since 1994 were won by horses without a stakes win at two.

West has built a list of ten horses who are flying under most racing fans' radars but who could make a splash at three, including Samraat, Coup de Grace, The Admiral, and Unknown Road.

Read more at ESPN

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  • Figless

    Excellent article, thanks for the link

  • Ida Lee

    Well if you want a chance at a winner, NEVER but NEVER pick my Derby horse…

  • Richard C

    I tossed a dart at a board full of names, and hit Strong Mandate.

  • jttf

    I have been informing the public since 2010 what the bad side effects of lasix does to young horses. The more lasix use, the more you stunt the growth of a horse. The dehydration effects the recovery time. More time off in between races leads to less races run. They don’t run every two weeks, anymore. The top two 2013 derby preps horses were orb and Verrazano. Neither one used lasix at the age of two. When will horsemen ever learn ?

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  • MisterProspector

    One more to add from the great white north. Coltimus Prime – an improving late foal who broke his maiden by 8 lengths and then came back to lose in a Stakes by a neck. Went the third quarter in 24.2 but more impressively went 24.1 to the mile!

  • Matt D.

    Interesting article by West. Today’s jarring news about Summer Bird had me thinking about the 2009 season. Five of my favorite races have always been the triple crown races, the Haskell and the Travers. If not for Rachel (Preakness, Haskell) two colts (Mine that Bird, Summer Bird) from the first crop of Birdstone would have swept those races. At that time I figured with those results Birdstone would be in high demand for the 2010 breeding season thus producing a solid number of foals in 2011. With that crop now racing – has anyone spotted a good looking two-year old by Birdstone?

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