Kentucky Derby Picks

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Kentucky Derby Picks: Top 15 Contenders as of April 2nd 2006

Kentucky Derby Picks 2006 – Top 15 Kentucky Derby Contenders as of April 2, 2006
by Horse Handicapper Kenneth Strong

1. Lawyer Ron – Showed he could come from off the pace when he powered away from his field in the Rebel Stakes.

2. Brother Derek – Currently best in California but who has he been beating up on. Next race will tell.

3. Barbaro – Perfect 5-for-5 lifetime after very game win over Sharp Humor in the Florida Derby.

4. Discreet Cat – Impressive win over some top European runners in the U.A.E. Derby may put him back on the Derby trail.

5. A.P Warrior – New trainer John Shirreffs appears to have found the key with big free running San Felipe win.

6. Point Determined – Solid try in San Felipe was only good enough for second money.

7. Bluegrass Cat – Second best in Tampa Bay Derby against suspect competition but did have a wide trip.

8. Deputy Glitters – Gotham win from just off the pace gives him a chance. Trainer Tom Albertrani helps too.

9. Keyed Entry – Gave his best in Gotham to finish second but did not appear to like coming from off the pace.

10. Cause To Believe – Impressive beating nothing in California Derby. Running style would suit a speed-laden Derby.

11. Bob and John – Hung in the stretch as the favorite in the San Felipe and needs to improve in next.

12. Private Vow – Came up short in Rebel Stakes, his first start of the year. Needs a big move forward in next.

13. First Samurai – Always tries but doesn’t appear to want the Kentucky Derby distance of a mile and quarter.

14. Sharp Humor – Extremely game in Florida Derby loss, but running style could hurt him in Kentucky Derby. Can you say Preakness?

15. With A City – Lane’s End winner deserves a mention, even if he will be 70-1 or higher.

Upcoming 2006 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

April 8 – Santa Anita – Santa Anita Derby-G1 – 1 1/8m
April 8 – Hawthorne Racecourse – Illinois Derby-G2 – 1 1/8m
April 8 – Aqueduct – Wood Memorial-G1 – 1 1/8m
April 15 – Oaklawn Park – Arkansas Derby-G2 – 1 1/8m
April 15 – Keeneland – Blue Grass Stakes-G1 – 1 1/8m
April 22 – Keeneland – Lexington Stakes-G2 – 1 1/16m
April 29 – Aqueduct – Withers Stakes-G3 – 1m
April 29 – Churchill Downs – Derby Trial-G3 – 1m
May 6 – Churchill Downs – Kentucky Derby-G1 – 1 1/4m