Key Kentucky Derby Contenders 2012 - Top 3-Year-Old Horses Taking Shape

Key Kentucky Derby Contenders 2012 - Top 3-Year-Old Horses Taking Shape

With the New Year upon us, the road to the Triple Crown takes center in the world of horse racing. This year's crop of 3-year-old prospects looks to be shaping up as one of the strongest in the last few years.

Many know its been since Affirmed in 1978 that horse racing saw its last Triple Crown winner. There were a spate of near-misses in the 2000's, the last of which was Big Brown in 2008. Since then, however, the last three Triple Crown crops have failed to produce any true standouts. To drive home that point one need only look at the rather uninspiring group up for 2011 champion 3-year-old.

Many in racing are expecting bigger and better things from this year's crop of 3-year-olds. As it stands now, a pair of colts rate at the head of the class. They are undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Hansen and Grade 1 winner Union Rags.

Hansen's road to the Kentucky Derby is expected to go through South Florida. Trainer Michael Maker is pointing to the Jan. 29 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park to kick off Hansen's sophomore campaign and that will probably be followed by either the Feb. 26 Fountain of Youth Stakes and/or the March 31 Florida Derby before heading to Kentucky.

Union Rags is scheduled to make just two starts prior to the Kentucky Derby—the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Florida Derby

Looking beyond the top pair, there are at least two dozen other top prospects squarely on the radar for the Kentucky Derby at this point. They include several strong Maiden winners that have graduated in the last several weeks as well as those that showed the ability to step up versus Stakes-quality competition late in their 2-year-old seasons.

Two colts that put themselves squarely in the Kentucky Derby mix with strong performances in the inaugural Gulfstream Park Derby over the holiday weekend. Reveron, who shipped in to Gulfstream from his base at Calder, was able to just hold off the highly-regarded Casual Trick to win the Gulfstream Park Derby while making his stakes debut. Both Reveron and Casual Trick are expected to make noise throughout the Gulfstream meet.

Up this week in the 3-year-old division is the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct, which will feature the 3-year-old bow of Godolphin Racing's Alpha. A son of Bernardini, Alpha was good second to Union Rags in the Champagne, but concluded his two-year-old season with an off-the-board finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He is the heavy morning-line favorite in the Count Fleet and will likely need a big performance to remain on schedule for the Kentucky Derby.

Over the next four months, this year's crop of 3-year-olds will begin to sort itself out. Some will fall by the wayside as the distances get longer and the competition tougher. But as things stand now, the sport of horse racing looks like it could be in for an exciting spring.




You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
  • micmac earned 1,000,000 Points playing our game.
  • jaycat earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • mattaliendi66@gmail.com earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • gerimack earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • Maryse IV earned 414,876 Points playing our game.
  • mattaliendi66@gmail.com earned 400,000 Points playing our game.
  • yowdvm earned 364,306 Points playing our game.
  • gerimack earned 347,490 Points playing our game.
  • gosuper earned 338,910 Points playing our game.
  • jaycat earned 304,590 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 292,406 Points playing our game.
  • scorpion56 earned 287,622 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 264,092 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 261,475 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 259,545 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 258,258 Points playing our game.
  • Zacaroon earned 255,255 Points playing our game.
  • kalabrouchie earned 253,539 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 247,104 Points playing our game.
  • modgraphix earned 245,388 Points playing our game.
  • loveagame earned 245,388 Points playing our game.
  • shelbyjoe earned 235,950 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 233,684 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 233,590 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 233,570 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 233,502 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 230,400 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 229,944 Points playing our game.
  • loveagame earned 229,944 Points playing our game.
  • quillasbid earned 229,815 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 229,515 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 228,200 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 223,916 Points playing our game.
  • perfectouchnj earned 216,602 Points playing our game.
  • jaycat earned 215,186 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 213,213 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 208,065 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 206,778 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 203,989 Points playing our game.
  • dahghee earned 202,702 Points playing our game.
  • kingo101 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • horton33 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • Lady Godiva earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • matcho earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • saratoga95 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • Lady Godiva earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • blackcaviar007 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • socalfan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • yowdvm earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • saratoga95 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • yowdvm earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • Lady Godiva earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • dustyla2 earned 199,485 Points playing our game.
  • miheee earned 198,841 Points playing our game.
  • perfectouchnj earned 198,412 Points playing our game.
  • ahijah earned 195,624 Points playing our game.
  • bobbow53 earned 195,195 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 191,000 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 190,476 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 189,000 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 188,580 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 188,545 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 187,902 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 184,041 Points playing our game.
  • xanadu77 earned 183,612 Points playing our game.
  • rero0517 earned 183,397 Points playing our game.
  • socalfan earned 180,180 Points playing our game.
  • atlegacy63 earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • conleyj@sbcglobal.net earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • lester earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • miheee earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • miheee earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • mrvend earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • socalfan earned 169,026 Points playing our game.
  • dustyla2 earned 169,026 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 166,237 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 165,594 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 163,020 Points playing our game.
  • oparada earned 162,805 Points playing our game.
  • jackpotrace earned 162,333 Points playing our game.