It’s tough to remember a year when there weren’t at least two or three horses that appeared to be solid picks in the Kentucky Derby. This year it’s a total crapshoot, with virtually all prospective starters having a question mark or two.
Uncle Mo? In the Wood, he looked like a horse that wanted no part of the Derby’s 1 1/4-mile distance. Was it the G1 tract infection that he was diagnosed with this week or his pedigree? There’s a good chance he might not even be fit or healthy enough to run in the Derby. We’ll see.
The Factor? At one point earlier this year, trainer Bob Baffert thought about keeping the speedball in one-turn races. But he’s developed to the point where he can now go two turns and win. Whether he can win Saturday’s Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles or negotiate the Derby distance is still a question.
Our latest 2011 Kentucky Derby rankings:
1. Dialed In — Looked good closing to win the Florida Derby over speed-favoring surface
2. Santiva — Like Super Saver, he won Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill as a juvenile
3. The Factor — We’ll know more after Saturday’s Arkansas Derby
4. Uncle Mo — Don’t give up on him yet; Secretariat also finished third in the Wood
5. Jaycito — Derby distance and long stretch might be this guy’s cup of tea
6. Midnight Interlude — Don’t dismiss improving colt, especially when he’s trained by Baffert
7. Nehro — Louisiana Derby runner-up will get tested in Arkansas Derby
8. Toby’s Corner — Won Wood while rallying against a slow pace; intriguing
9. Astrology — Only one Derby prep works against him
10. Pants On Fire — Won Louisiana Derby, but what did he beat?