This is my first in a series of blogs devoted to Kentucky Derby 2014 contenders. Once again, I am getting an early start in September, and there will be many twists and turns in the months ahead.
Eight of the last thirteen Kentucky Derby winners graduated by
October 4, including six of the last eight. Kentucky Derby 2012 hero I’ll Have Another captured his career debut at Hollywood Park on July 3 of his juvenile season.
Kentucky Derby 2013 winner Orb lost his first three
juvenile outings. He graduated at the Big A on November 24, 2012, his
first of five straight wins, culminating in a scintillating off the pace
tally under the Twin Spires on May 4.
An ideal Kentucky Derby contender would have a solid juvenile
foundation, a long-winded pedigree, sharp graded stakes form, running
style versatility, and winning connections. Strong pre-Derby works are
the icing on the cake.