Nick Costa’s Top 5 Kentucky Derby Contenders

March 23, 2018

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Hello racing fans, we are now six weeks out from the 144th Kentucky Derby. Yep, time sure flies when you are trying to find your Derby horse. I can assure you, I have not landed on my choice just yet. However, based on the completion of 26 U.S. prep races, it is time to unveil my top five Derby contenders based on what I have seen through those preliminaries and before the start of the marquee events.

Kentucky Derby Top 5

1 – Bolt’ D’Oro – Colt was not even fully cranked for his seasonal debut in the San Felipe, yet turned in an incredible performance displaying, speed, competitiveness, late drive, readiness, determination, willingness, stamina, endurance and courage, all the signs of a top-notch race horse. Massive potential with a top pedigree for classic distance.

2 – McKinzie – Gritty and gusty colt has crossed the finish line first in his four career starts, but the DQ in his latest tarnished perfection. This horse is not afraid to stare down an opponent in the stretch and fight it out when the situation calls for it. He can also flash a bit of brilliance when needed as he displayed in winning the Sham.

3 – Good Magic – Third-place effort to open the year was certainly a disappointment, but it also was just a small step toward the major objective. He certainly needed the race from a conditioning standpoint. Do not underestimate the juvenile Champ going forward.

4 – Enticed – Bounced back with a big effort in the Gotham. It was only a one-turn mile, but this colt has previously showcased his talents and proven his worth going two turns. Possesses a strong classic pedigree.

5 – Magnum Moon – Unraced juvenile upped his 2018 race record to 3 for 3 when he took a big leap in class to the Rebel and conquered a solid field.  Has not been remotely close to being defeated, knocking down every challenge that has been put to him.

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