The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Drawing Up The Final Contenders

by | 04.30.2019 | 4:32pm
War Of Will on track at Churchill April 29

A few contenders got moved around this week after the draw, and others were adjusted because of their final workouts over the weekend. The biggest changes include moving up Win Win Win after his impressive workout on Sunday, and the addition of Spinoff to the top ten this week.

Of the two Todd Pletcher trainees, Spinoff looks better on paper and will get hot young rider Manny Franco in the saddle. The decision to put Julian Pimentel back on Win Win Win should be a move in his favor as well.

One horse I had planned to move up but was unable to is War of Will. The colt looks incredible in the flesh this week, but drawing the one-hole means he'll have to gun it right from the start. He has the speed to be there, but I'm not sure how he'll react to being crowded up against the rail so early in the race.

Where did your favorite end up on the list? Be sure to click on the expandable boxes for each Derby candidate to get all the latest information — including post positions and statistics — in the final edition of The Derby 20!

Omaha Beach
1st
Paulick Report Ranking
12
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
137.5
Derby Points
Tacitus
2nd
Paulick Report Ranking

To go through as much trouble as he did on the first turn and still manage to win the Wood Memorial, Tacitus makes a major move up my rankings this week. He's bred for the distance of the Kentucky Derby, has the all-important tactical speed, and I can't help but root for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Ortiz. While the Wood hasn't produced a Derby winner in some time, Tacitus could be the one to break that pattern.

8
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
150
Derby Points

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Code of Honor
3rd
Paulick Report Ranking
13
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
74
Derby Points
Game Winner
4th
Paulick Report Ranking
16
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
85
Derby Points
Roadster
5th
Paulick Report Ranking
17
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
100
Derby Points
Win Win Win
6th
Paulick Report Ranking
14
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
50
Derby Points
Long Range Toddy
7th
Paulick Report Ranking
18
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
53.5
Derby Points
Spinoff
8th
Paulick Report Ranking
19
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
40
Derby Points
War Of Will
9th
Paulick Report Ranking
1
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
60
Derby Points
Improbable
10th
Paulick Report Ranking
5
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
65
Derby Points
Tax
11th
Paulick Report Ranking
2
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
52
Derby Points
Haikal
12th
Paulick Report Ranking
11
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
70
Derby Points
By My Standards
13th
Paulick Report Ranking
3
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
100
Derby Points
Cutting Humor
14th
Paulick Report Ranking
Next Expected Start
Connections
Pedigree
50
Derby Points
Vekoma
15th
Paulick Report Ranking
6
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
110
Derby Points
Plus Que Parfait
16th
Paulick Report Ranking
Next Expected Start
Connections
Pedigree
104
Derby Points
Country House
17th
Paulick Report Ranking
20
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
50
Derby Points
Gray Magician
18th
Paulick Report Ranking
4
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
41
Derby Points
Maximum Security
19th
Paulick Report Ranking
7
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
100
Derby Points
Master Fencer
20th
Paulick Report Ranking
15
Post Position
Post Position
Connections
Pedigree
Japan RTKD
Derby Points
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