Prep Season Over: Will Any Rival Beat Nyquist?
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., April 17, 2016—The Kentucky Derby prep season is over, 24 glorious or humiliating results depending on which end of the wickets you landed.
And what have we learned from the Jerome to the Arkansas Derby and back again? That juvenile champion Nyquist remains atop his generation.
The presumption now is that, horrible post draw notwithstanding, Nyquist looks like a 2-1 favorite when the gates fly open for the feature race on May’s first Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Many colts have had their 15 minutes at center stage, the brightest light cast upon the formerly undefeated Mohaymen.
A popular racetrack axiom is it’s not how fast your run but how you run fast. But his first lifetime defeat was a mystery tour, and there was nothing magical about it.
Wood, Blue Grass, Santa Anita Derby All Prove Useful Barometers
SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, April 10,2016—The glamour division of Thoroughbred racing, Derby-aged colts, geldings—and fillies, too—put on quite of show in Saturday’s major races.
In addition, another potentially major three-year-old emerged in the seven furlong G3 Bay Shore, but Mark Berner will have more on Unified Tuesday.
[Mark earned that distinction by voting him 10th in last week’s HRI poll off a single six- furlong maiden win at Gulfstream. We hate show-offs].
Anyway, Saturday’s Super Prep Saturday, like all races, had their heroes and disappointments but I must say, on balance, there were more things to like than dislike.
Whether any or all of this, in addition to Saturday’s Arkansas Derby, ultimately results in the upending of the undeniable king of the three-year-old colts, Nyquist, is a query to be answered next month.
Another thing for certain is, the preps, whether they result in Triple Crown victories or defeats, keep the sport going at a lively and entertaining pace.
Here, then, including a thumbnail review of Saturday’s top performances, is HRI’s Triple Crown Power 10, Week 7: