The website Horse Racing Nation has posted its first 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, for which I am a voter.
This year’s race will be run Saturday, May 5 at Churchill Downs.
And here’s how I voted:
▪ 1. Bolt d’oro - I know, I know, the Mick Ruis-trained colt finished third behind Good Magic and Solomini in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but based on his previous starts, still feel like he is the best three-year-old. Anxious to see his 2018 debut in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10.
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▪ 2. Good Magic - We finally to get see the BC Juvenile winner when trainer Chad Brown sends Good Magic out in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream. Will the 2017 magic carry over to 2018?
▪ 3. Audible - Following his normal give-them-plenty-of-rest philosophy, trainer Todd Pletcher isn’t planning on racing the Holy Bull Stakes winner until the Florida Derby on March 31.
▪ 4. Bravazo - Owned by Calumet Farm and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the son of Awesome Again captured the Risen Star. He’s being pointed toward the Louisiana Derby on March 24.
▪ 5. McKinzie - Trainer Bob Baffert has the Sham Stakes winner working toward taking on Bolt d’Oro in the San Felipe.
▪ 6. Solomini - Second in the BC Juvenile and thrid in the Los Alamitos Futurity, Baffert is high on the son of Curlin, who will also run in the stacked San Felipe.
▪ 7. Catholic Boy - After a second place finish in the Sam F. Davis, trainer Jonathan Thomas is looking at the Florida Derby for the son of More Than Ready.
▪ 8. Kanthaka - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer plans to bring the San Vicente winner east to run in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 10.
▪ 9. Flameaway - The Sam F. Davis winner will try to keep the momentum going when he runs in the Tampa Bay Derby on March 10.
▪ 10. Avery Island - Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is taking his time with the Withers winner, holding him out until the Louisiana Derby on March 24.
▪ 11. My Boy Jack - Trainer Keith Desormeaux has yet to reveal his plans for the winner of the Southwest Stakes.
▪ 12. Free Drop Billy - After a second place finish in the Holy Bull, trainer Dale Romans is anxious to see how the won of Union Rags fares in this weekend’s Fountain of Youth.
▪ 13. Firenze Fire - The Jason Servis-trained entry was a hot horse until his second-place finish in the Withers. The Gotham is next on the agenda.
▪ 14. Vino Rosso - Todd Pletcher should know a lot more about the third-place finish in the Dam F. Davis when the son of Curlin runs in the Tampa Bay Derby on March 10.
▪ 15. Instilled Regard - Not ready to give up quite yet on the son of Arch after a disappointing fourth in the Risen Star. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has not revealed his next move.
▪ 16. Snapper Sinclair - Second in the Risen Star, trainer Steve Asmussen is optimistic about the March 24 Louisiana Derby.
▪ 17. Gold Town - If all goes well in the UAE Derby on March 31, the son of Street Cry will ship on to Louisville.
▪ 18. Noble Indy - Third in the Risen Star, the son of Take Charge Indy is targeted for the Louisiana Derby by trainer Todd Pletcher.
▪ 19. Enticed - Trainer Kiaran McLauglin hopes the fourth place finish in the Holy Bull was just a fluke. He’ll find out on March 10 in the Gotham.
▪ 20. Combatant - Ran second in the Southwest and could be the favorite in the March 17 Rebel for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Kentucky Derby 2018 prep races
Free Drop Billy
Racing Post Trophy
Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Kentucky Jockey Club
Los Alamitos Futurity
La Vent Se Leve
Sam F. Davis
Tampa Bay Downs
El Camino Real
Golden Gate Fields
Fountain of Youth
Tampa Bay Derby
Tampa Bay Downs
Jeff Ruby Steaks
Santa Anita Derby
Kentucky Derby Leaderboard
Free Drop Billy
My Boy Jack
Take the One O One