Breeders Cup is over, all that is really left to run are the big name, winter two year old races, and I for one have grown tired of reading about the who should be Horse of the Year, and the insults slung around by either party. So, in light of the year coming to a close and a new racing season about to begin I decided to give you my Derby Top Ten as of now.
1.) Lookin At Lucky- A very talented and smart horse who does only what it takes to win, yet is also not afraid to get down and fight like a lion when challenged. He was four for four coming into this year's Juvenile but got nipped at the wire after experiencing a horrendous trip.
2.) Buddy's Saint- Was second in his career debut before being thrust into stakes competition where he crushed both the Nashua and Remsen fields. In the Remsen he beat the highly regarded Homeboykris, and even though some may argue that his time was very slow I am not worried due to the fact the Big A has not been producing fast times all meet and Buddy's Saint was being geared down nearing the wire.
3.) Super Saver- The worse finish he ever had was a lackluster fourth in the Champagne Stakes. He then rebounded in the Kentucky Jockey Club to beat two very good horses in Thiskyhasnolimit and William's Kitten.
4.) Jackson Bend-He has only been beaten once and since then he has been as good as gold, sweeping the Florida Stallion Series. He has been kept hidden away at Calder, where some may say that he only looks good because the competition down there is not so hot. I would counter that he has beaten one of the best know names in the game, D'Funnybone, who will likely turn out to be a fantastic sprinter/miler.
5.) American Lion- This attractive and well bred colt is about as green as they come, but he is also probably one of the most naturally talented two year olds this year. He broke his maiden at second asking before running in the Hollywood Prevue, where he took some time to get in gear, but once he did he made the lead easily. He was almost caught at the wire because he started to let up, if he can learn to focus a bit he'll be a huge threat next year.
6.) Backtalk- Smarty Jones colt went unbeaten in his first three starts before running two uncharacteristically bad race, one excusable since it was his first over a synthetic surface. He may have already peaked, but has show the capability to be a fantastic runner. He also has won his only two starts at Churchill downs which could bode well for him.
7.) Discreetly Mine- Has tons of talent but just can't seem to get to the wire first. He has had some run-ins with some pretty good horses like D'Funnybone, at his preferred distance, and Homeboykris. He just needs to reach that one last step before he catapults himself to the top of the division.
8.) Interactif- Yes, as a two year old he was turf star, but his maiden win was over the dirt and he was only switched when he threw in an eighth place finish in the Sanford. He is incredibly talented, and possibly to talented for his owners and Todd Pletcher not to give him a second try over the dirt.
9.) Aspire- His only bad race was a 12th place finish over the Pro-Ride. Other than that he has been as consistent and honest as one can hope for. He won his maiden before running second and third in the Hopeful and Champagne Stakes.
10.) Winslow Homer- Here is a name I'll bet you haven't heard yet. He broke his maiden at second asking, crushing his opponents there and doing so again by 12 1/4 lengths in an allowance race. His sire is Unbridled Song, who is know for siring brilliant yet fragile foals. If this colt can keep sound he'll be a major player for the roses.
So, do you have a top ten or maybe only a top five? I know it's early, but it's still fun to try and handicap the impossible.