Is it too early to start thinking about the first Saturday in May? The answer to that is an emphatic no, nay, never. With the road to the Kentucky Derby becoming increasingly crowded as folks far and wide dream of immortality, let’s take a quick look at some of the names to watch and get a quick thought on each.


1 Dortmund- Unbeaten son of Big Brown is currently 4 for 4

2 International Star-New York-bred has been shining in Louisiana

3 American Pharoah- Juvenile champion should make 3-year old debut in March

4 Far Right- back to back big runs at Oaklawn have been fantastic

5 Far From Over-lifetime 2 for 2 but Withers win was something special

6 Texas Red-On the mend from hoof issue but has huge closing kick

7 Upstart-won the Fountain of Youth but placed 2nd after inquiry

8 El Kabeir- has won at Churchill before and ran in 5 stakes races

9 Metaboss-El Camino Real Derby winner taking a different route to Derby

10 Mr. Z – D. Wayne Lukas trained and not afraid to dance every dance