HRI's Triple Crown Power Rankings

The HRI Triple Crown Power Rankings is a consensus opinion of HorseRaceInsider's editorial staff compiled and written by executive editor John Pricci. It is an amalgam of achievement and opinion relative to the merits of the 2013 Triple Crown. The HRI Triple Crown Power Rankings will be adjusted each week following significant prep race developments.


HRI’s Kentucky Derby Power Rankings 04-01-2008


HRI Derby Power Rankings
Rk.
Horse
HRI
Rating
Equiform:
Last Figure/Top

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1.
Big Brown
137
79�T
Kentucky Derby 5/3

Commentary: You were expecting another, perhaps? Comparisons will be made to Curlin at this stage of development, and rightly so. Talking about very lightly raced, undefeated horses, who got their jobs done in fast time. Florida Derby win was epic, overcoming historical obstacles and more inexperienced rivals in dominating style. At this point, sky�s the limit.

2.
Pyro
135
74�/77T
Blue Grass Stakes 4/12

Commentary:
We thought he was likely to stay at number one until the Blue Grass, then Big Brown came along with a performance for the ages. He can regain the top spot with an authoritative victory at Keeneland thereby setting the stage for a memorable confrontation. Maybe, like the players themselves, we�ll just take them one race at a time.

3.
Denis Of Cork
121
74�T
Illinois Derby 4/5

Commentary:
The barn called an audible, skipped the Rebel in favor of the Wood, then called an audible on itself and Denis is going to the Illinois Derby instead. Trainer David Carroll has gotten the extra time between starts he wanted and believes two Derby preps will be enough. Worked strongly over the weekend at his Churchill base for Saturday�s test.

3.
Colonel John
121
72/73T
Santa Anita Derby 4/5

Commentary:
He�s never been worse than second in five career starts and showed a promising change of pace in the Sham with stalking speed. As noted previously, versatility is invaluable. He continues to train extremely well for Saturday and would be a deserving favorite at the 9-furlong route.

3.
War Pass
121
63/79�T
Wood Memorial 4/5

Commentary:
It�s been a quiet two weeks since the fever flap. The Tampa Derby disappointment worked sharply late last week and Nice Zito has promised that, win or lose, the juvenile champion will be the Wood pacesetter. Either he is or Cornelio Velasquez will be looking for another Derby mount.

6.
Cool Coal Man
120
75�T
Blue Grass Stakes 4/12

Commentary:
Recovered nicely from his Fountain of Youth and might turn out to be Zito�s best Derby prospect if Saturday�s Wood doesn�t turn things around for War Pass. giving the colt the extra time he needs between starts. Unlike Fierce Wind in the Florida Derby, this one�s fast enough.

7.
El Gato Malo
116
72�/75�T
Santa Anita Derby 4/5

Commentary:
Another West Coast 3-year-old that has continued to train on for Saturday�s race. He has style, speed and class and getting the Kentucky Derby distance still a concern. The 9-furlong Santa Anita Derby is within his scope; the concern is deeper competition.

8.
Court Vision
112
73�T
Wood Memorial 4/5

Commentary:
Saturday�s Wood is key to Bill Mott�s Derby aspirations and the Remsen winner is doing very well. Then, so was Majestic Warrior going into the Florida Derby. Will War Pass reprise the roll of Big Brown? This colt is a fighter, his biggest attribute.

9.
Adriano
109
75
Lexington Stakes 4/19

Commentary:
His connections say he�s better on grass and his form transferred as expected to Polytrack when he won the G2 Lane�s End. He was always in the race and finished very strongly, winning in full stride. A true Derby dark horse.

9.
Visionaire
109
74�T
Blue Grass Stakes 4/12

Commentary:
Trainer Michael Matz reaffirmed that the Blue Grass is the right way to go instead of shipping to the Illinois Derby, trading for an extra week from the Gotham to Blue Grass instead of the Illinois-to-Kentucky Derby. Aside from the shipping, there is the supposed recuperative benefits from Polytrack racing. But then comes the issue of a horse named Pyro.


*=Equiform sprint figure
T=Equiform Lifetime Top
/=Most Recent Equiform Figure/Lifetime Top


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