The postponed edition of Kentucky Derby 146 will not feature some of the sport’s top three-year-olds.
Many believed the Labor Day race date would strengthen the field, giving horses more time to mature and train for the distance. Instead, injuries are eliminating the best of the best.
In the last two weeks four of the top ten horses in the Kentucky Derby points standings have been taken out of contention thanks to injuries.
Arkansas Derby winner Nadal was atop the leaderboard when the Bob Baffert horse was forced into retirement. Another undefeated horse, Maxfield, suffered the same injury as Nadal, a condylar fracture. Fortunately, Maxfield will race again, he just won’t make it to the Derby. On the same day that news was announced, Brad Cox’s Wells Bayou was taken out of Derby contention. The Louisiana Derby winner is suffering from bone bruising. Charlatan, Baffert’s other Arkansas Derby winner, will also miss the first two legs of the Triple Crown with an injury.
Along with “the field will be stronger” take we heard when the Triple Crown announced its coronavirus changes, many folks believed it would be easier for a horse to win the Triple Crown. Just over a week away from the 1 1/8 mile Belmont Stakes, only one horse appears to have a shot at earning the elusive title, Tiz the Law. There are some solid runners in the eight-horse field, but none with a record as impeccable as the Florida Derby winner.
If you can find a Triple Crown future on Tiz the Law, get it now while you can still earn a buck on the bet.