2018 Kentucky Derby Contenders List and Analysis

Kentucky Derby 2018 is right around the corner. Well, not quite, but we are well into the month of September and it is time to roll out my annual Derby contenders list. Eleven of the last seventeen Kentucky Derby winners graduated by October 4, including eight of the last eleven. Kentucky Derby 2012 hero I’ll Have Another captured his career debut at Hollywood Park on July 3 of his juvenile season. Kentucky Derby 2013 winner Orb lost his first three juvenile outings. He graduated at the Big A on November 24, 2012, his first of five straight wins, culminating in an off the pace tally under the Twin Spires on May 4. Kentucky Derby 2014 winner California Chrome earned his diploma in his second career start ($100k Graduation – 5.5f) at Del Mar on July 31, 2013. He ended his juvenile season with an easy win in the King Glorious,

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