Beyer: Derby field still a mystery

by | 04.08.2011 | 7:47am

As we approach the end of the Derby prep season, this year's Derby picture doesn't seem to be getting any clearer, writes Andy Beyer:

“… how can a handicapper evaluate Uncle Mo's 3-year-old form? Pletcher likes to campaign his horses with a gentle touch, and he had Uncle Mo make his first start of the year in a minor stakes at Gulfstream Park against four totally overmatched opponents. His victory (in a slow time) was little more than a glorified workout…

At the Kentucky Derby, handicappers may be asking whether Uncle Mo has done enough as a 3-year-old to be sufficiently fit for the demanding race. But even if the champ is vulnerable, other colts are going to have to show in the prep races that they are worthy challengers. And so far this spring, most Derby aspirants have discredited themselves.”

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