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Top Kentucky Derby Contenders Continue to Drop Out of the Race

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Top Kentucky Derby Contenders Continue to Drop Out of the Race

  1. BigBlueFoo42777
    11:10 am June 11, 2020 Permalink

    Shaping up to have all the makings of a 20 thousand dollar superfecta.

  2. shepdog3720
    12:19 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

    If my horse won the 1st 2 legs of Triple Crown, I’d probably skip the Preakness and instead race in Breeders Cup Classic. Unless a bonus is added for a Triple Crown winner, there isn’t an incentive for the winner of the Belmont and Derby to run in the Preakness, especially this year.

  3. UKgrad80
    3:32 pm June 11, 2020 Permalink

    This whole year has been a scratch!