TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Zandon

Epicenter

Smile Happy

Messier

Simplification

Mo Donegal

Tiz the Bomb

Barber Road

Charge It

Taiba

White Abarrio

Classic Causeway

Crown Pride (Jpn)

Pioneer of Medina

Tawny Port

Cyberknife

Zozos

Ethereal Road

Summer Is Tomorrow

Happy Jack

Triple Crown Top 12 Archive

  • May 9, 2022

    TDN Top-to-Bottom Derby Rundown

    This week's Triple Crown feature examines the trips of GI Kentucky Derby runners in detail from first to last: 1) Rich Strike (unranked also-eligible in TDN pre-race rankings) There are three components of a metaphorical “black swan” event: The happenstance is highly unlikely; it has outsized consequences that almost no one sees coming, and people

  • May 4, 2022

    TDN Kentucky Derby Top 20 for May 5

    The last couple of anticipatory days prior to the GI Kentucky Derby can seem like a longer wait than the six-month prep season that preceded it. Here are the final TDN rankings, listed in “likeliest winner” order: 1) ZANDON (c, Upstart–Memories Prevail, by Creative Cause) O-Jeff Drown. B-Brereton C. Jones (KY). T-Chad C. Brown. Sales

  • April 18, 2022

    The TDN Kentucky Derby Top 20 for April 19

    With all the points-earning preps completed, the GI Kentucky Derby picture moves into “microscope mode” as we approach the two-week mark. The rankings below are independent from the “Road to the Derby” leaderboard Churchill Downs uses to determine starting berths. Access that list here. 1) ZANDON (c, Upstart–Memories Prevail, by Creative Cause) O-Jeff Drown. B-Brereton

  • April 11, 2022

    TDN Kentucky Derby Top 20 For Apr. 12

    All the nine-furlong preps for the GI Kentucky Derby are in the books, but Saturday's GIII Lexington S. still offers 20 points to the winner, so there could be some shakeout in the bottom tier of the Top 20. The rankings below are independent from the “Road to the Derby” points leaderboard Churchill Downs uses

  • April 4, 2022

    TDN Kentucky Derby Top 12 for Apr. 5

    Seven horses among the current Top 12 will be in action Saturday in the last nine-furlong preps of the season. This past weekend's trio of stakes at Gulfstream, Oaklawn and Turfway dislodged former No. 1 contender Classic Causeway (Giant's Causeway), but no winners from those races vaulted into the upper echelon. The rankings below are

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