Derby Top 12

The TDN Derby Top 12 for May 5

We're 124 days out from the rescheduled GI Kentucky Derby. Last weekend's split divisions of the GI Arkansas Derby solidified the status of several contenders, while several others have slid off the list. 1) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 5-4-0-1, $945,300. Last Start: 1st GI Curlin Florida Derby, GP, Mar. 28 Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Champagne S., 1st GIII Holy Bull S., GP, Feb. 1, 3rd GII Kentucky Jockey Club S.,...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for April 14

Instead of "My Old Kentucky Home," the new theme song for GI Kentucky Derby aspirants is now "Time Is On My Side" by the Rolling Stones. This week's rankings represent a reshuffling of the pecking order in light of the Derby's new Sept. 5 race date. 1) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 5-4-0-1, $945,300. Last Start: 1st GI Curlin Florida Derby, GP, Mar. 28 Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Champagne S., 1st...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for Mar. 11

There's a new No. 1 on the Top 12 totem pole for the first time this season. We're now inside the 54-day mark to the GI Kentucky Derby. That means it's roughly 77,000 minutes until post time--but who's counting? 1) TIZ THE LAW (c, Constitution--Tizfiz, by Tiznow) O-Sackatoga Stable. B-Twin Creeks Farm (NY). T-Barclay Tagg. Sales History: $110,000 yrl '18 FTNAUG. Lifetime Record: GISW, 4-3-0-1, $498,900. Last Start:  1st GIII Holy Bull S., GP, Feb. 1 Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Champagne S., 3rd GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., CD, Nov....

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TDN Derby Top 12 for March 3

Only one points-based GI Kentucky Derby prep last weekend, but it did produce a reshuffling of the ranks. This coming Saturday's triple-header of qualifying points races at Santa Anita, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs annually makes for a bust-out weekend, so Top 12 frost heaves are in the forecast. 1) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy) O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (FL). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGSW, 3-3-0-0, $211,000. Last Start: 1st GIII Robert B. Lewis S., SA,...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for Feb. 19

That rumbling noise you heard over the weekend was the first seasonal shifting within the Top 12 rankings, sort of like an early spring thaw that finally calves the iceberg. Five horses have leapfrogged onto the list since its last publication, and we're now at the 75-day mark to the GI Kentucky Derby.   1) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy) O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (Fl). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGSW, 3-3-0-0, $211,000. Last Start: 1st GIII...

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TDN Derby Top 12 For February 4

Stakes preps for the GI Kentucky Derby in Florida and California yielded some separation at the top of the totem pole last Saturday. This coming weekend will likely feature three Top 12 horses in action, which could create some mid-level movement on the list. 1) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy) O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (Fl). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGSW, 3-3-0-0, $211,000. Last Start: 1st GIII Robert B. Lewis S., SA, Feb. 1 Accomplishments Include: 1st...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for Jan. 28

Three prominent GI Kentucky Derby prep stakes are on the docket for Saturday in New York, Florida and California as we await the first major blockbuster performance of the season that upends the pecking order. 1) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy) O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (Fl). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl '18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW, 2-2-0-0, $151,000. Last Start: 1st GII Los Alamitos Futurity, LRC, Dec. 7 Next Start: GIII Bob Lewis S., SA, Feb. 1 Equineline PPs. KY Derby...

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The TDN Derby Top 12 for Jan. 14

The Top 12 right now resembles an evenly matched marathon. There is no breakaway leader, no odds-on favorite, and the main threats are all keeping an eye on one another waiting for the first bold move. Feb. 1 looms as the next significant shakeup date, when Road to the GI Kentucky Derby points races will be run in New York, Florida and California. 1) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy) O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (FL). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl '18 KEESEP....

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TDN Derby Top 12 for Dec. 31

It's the first installment of the 2020 TDN Derby Top 12, and chaos and uncertainty are the prevailing (but intriguing) themes. Betting favorites have gone down in defeat in the last seven "Road to the GI Kentucky Derby" preps, and there is no clear consensus on which 2-year-olds represent the top of the crop. But it's plenty early--we're 125 days from post time for the first leg of the Triple Crown. 1) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy) O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (Fl)....

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The TDN Derby Wrap

by T.D. Thornton This week's TDN Triple Crown feature examines the GI Kentucky Derby runners according to official finish position. The focus is on raw trip notes--not the merits of whether a disqualification should or should not have been called. Interesting bloodstock note: Homebreds crossed the wire 1-2-3-4. 1) COUNTRY HOUSE (c, Lookin At Lucky--Quake Lake, by War Chant) 'TDN Rising Star'. O-Mrs. J. V. Shields, Jr., E. J. M. McFadden, Jr. & LNJ Foxwoods. B-J. V. Shields, Jr. (KY). T-William I. Mott. Lifetime Record: GISW, 7-2-2-1, $2,120,175. 'TDN Rising...

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The TDN Derby Top 20

The last couple of anticipatory days prior to the GI Kentucky Derby can seem like a longer wait than the entire six-month prep season that preceded it. Here are the final TDN rankings, listed in "likeliest winner" order: [Editor's Note: This list was compiled before the major announcement late Wednesday that likely favorite Omaha Beach--who Thornton had ranked number one--was scratched. Omaha Beach has been removed from the rankings and all other horses have been moved up one slot.] 1) GAME WINNER (c, Candy Ride {Arg}--Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy)...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for April 23

We're now inside the two-week mark for the May 4 GI Kentucky Derby and big jumps in the pecking order have given way to behind-the-scenes strategizing, jockey intrigue, and the intensity of big-race anticipation. Please note the rankings below are independent from the "Road to the Derby" points leaderboard Churchill Downs uses to determine starting berths. That list can be accessed here. 1) OMAHA BEACH (c, War Front--Charming, by Seeking the Gold) O-Fox Hill Farms, Inc. B-Charming Syndicate (KY). T-Richard Mandella. Sales History: $625,000 RNA Ylg '17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record:...

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