Still sticking with this guy even in the #1 spot. He’ll need a lucky break (the opposite of the Lookin At Lucky pinball machine), but if he gets it he should be able to settle mid-pack or further back and change gears heading into the final turn.
2nd, 3r, 4th: Midnight Interlude, Dialed In, Twinspired
A lot has been said about Midnight Interlude’s negatives: namely that he never raced at two and was visually unimpressive in the Santa Anita Derby. I disagree with both theories. The Santa Anita Derby in particular was a stellar effort, in my opinion, in which he steadied and swung to the outside. Those are the types of obstacles and moves needed today.
Dialed In could very well be the best horse in here. I’m guessing there will not be quite enough daylight to get to the wire first.
I’ve been impressed with Twinspired’s gallops on the track and have a hunch he will take to dirt. He also has the stalking ability conducive to finishing in the exotics.
I have left out a few of my personal favorites, most notably Shackleford. The feeling is there is just too much speed for him to get comfortable and sustain.
Good Luck everyone and Happy Derby Day!