Six horses nab top votes in final 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll

April 29, 2019 01:24pm
Six horses nab top votes in final 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll
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The Lexington Herald-Leader’s John Clay says “there’s no reason to doubt” Omaha Beach in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. XBTV’s Zoe Cadman referred to the colt’s final workout as “scintillating.” And Southern California News group reporter Art Wilson, who spends his share of time around trainer Richard Mandella, has “seldom heard him talk so glowingly about one like he has Omaha Beach the past couple weeks.”

Accordingly, Omaha Beach leads the 10th and final edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by Horse Racing Nation, with the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Rebel Stakes (G1) winner also the anticipated morning line favorite.

Recently completed, however, was a Derby prep season defined by its parity. Six horses in all received No. 1 votes from representatives of racing industry trade publications and general news outlets, including all others in the Top 5: Game Winner, Roadster, Tacitus and Improbable.

“Omaha Beach has looked the part of a Kentucky Derby favorite since arriving here to Louisville,” said Horse Racing Nation’s Brian Zipse. “But with a long streak of winning favorites due to end, and so many other good contenders, I still see this Derby as a very wide-open affair.”

Added the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee: “Really looking forward to seeing some surprises in what shapes up as a great Derby.”

Changes were few in the lead up from Omaha Beach’s final prep victory at Oaklawn Park to Derby week.

 Code of Honor (seventh), By My Standards (ninth), War of Will (11th) and Spinoff (13th) each advanced a position in the final poll.

 Country House, who found himself on the inside of a four-horse pack in his Sunday breeze at Churchill Downs, jumped two spots to 15th.

 Japan’s Derby contender, Master Fencer, for the first time solidified a spot in the rankings at No. 20.

“A few days out, I can't base my rankings on whom I will bet but rather their likelihood of doing well,” said the Paulick Report’s Scott Jagow. “Beyond the top tier, I've upgraded longshots I think are intriguing — mainly Spinoff, Win Win Win, Haikal, Long Range Toddy and Plus Que Parfait to at least spice up the exotics. Envisioning big prices this Derby.”

“Everyone’s looking good in the mornings as we get ready for the post position draw, which will be critical to a few of the horses that will want to be forwardly placed in the Derby including likely favorite Omaha Beach,” added Racing Dudes’ Mike Spector.

Then there’s another variable to consider.

“Whether it rains on Derby day could be a big factor in the outcome of Kentucky Derby 145,” said The Downey Profile’s Dick Downey.

“Derby is here and, once again, it's shaping up to be a phenomenal race,” said Churchill Downs’ Kevin Kerstein. “The story lines are plentiful, the drama is starting to unfold. Who will come out on top? Probably Omaha Beach.”

Kentucky Derby Media Poll (Week 10)
 Horse (1st-place votes) PointsPrevious 
 1. Omaha Beach (13) 461 1
 2. Game Winner (4) 427 2
 3. Roadster (1) 419 3
 4. Tacitus (2) 386 4
 5. Improbable (2) 382 5
 6. Maximum Security 328 6
 7. Code of Honor 284 8
 8. Vekoma 282 7
 9. By My Standards 269 10
 10. Win Win Win (1) 264 9
 11. War of Will 263 12
 12. Tax 231 11
 13. Spinoff 177 14
 14. Haikal 175 13
 15. Country House 155 17
 16. Long Range Toddy 154 15
 17. Cutting Humor 147 16
 18. Plus Que Parfait 101 18
 19. Gray Magician 60 19
 20. Master Fencer 30 NR

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