TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Medina Spirit

Mandaloun

Hot Rod Charlie

Essential Quality

O Besos

Midnight Bourbon

Keepmeinmind

Helium

Known Agenda

Highly Motivated

Sainthood

Like The King

Bourbonic

Hidden Stash

Brooklyn Strong

Super Stock

Rock Your World

Dynamic One

Soup and Sandwich

Triple Crown Top 12 Archive

  • May 3, 2021

    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) MEDINA SPIRIT (c, Protonico–Mongolian Changa, by Briliant Speed) (Predicted finish: 9th) O-Zedan Racing Stables; B-Gail Rice (FL); T-Bob Baffert; John Velazquez. Sales History: $1,000 ylg '19 OBSWIN; $35,000 2yo '20 OBSOPN. Lifetime Record: GISW, 6-3-3-0,

  • April 28, 2021

    The TDN Derby Top 20 for Apr. 29

    by T.D. Thornton 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) ESSENTIAL QUALITY (c, Tapit–Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality) O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Brad Cox; J-Luis Saez.

  • April 19, 2021

    The TDN Derby Top 20 for April 20

    We've entered that fun phase of microscopic scrutiny that accompanies the GI Kentucky Derby waiting game. The rankings below are independent from the “Road to the Derby” points leaderboard that Churchill Downs will use to determine starting berths; that list can be accessed here. 1) ESSENTIAL QUALITY (c, Tapit–Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality) O/B-Godolphin (KY).

  • April 12, 2021

    The TDN Derby Top 20 For April 13

    The long prep season is over, but some jostling for a starting spot remains among the horses on the cusp of the qualifying points cutoff. Please note the rankings below are independent from the “Road to the GI Kentucky Derby” points leaderboard Churchill Downs uses to determine starting berths. That list can be accessed here.

  • April 5, 2021

    The TDN Derby Top 20 for April 6

    The first Saturday in April's “power trio” of nine-furlong qualifying preps is in the books. We also learned last week that no Japan-based horse will be accepting the “Road to the GI Kentucky Derby” invitation this year, and that none of the qualifying European horses are nominated, meaning they'd have to supplement $200,000 to get

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