An All Too Early Look at the Derby

The top 20 horses on the Derby points leaderboard are set and we know who would be in the gate if the race took place today, but until final workouts are concluded, post positions are drawn and we see a weather report, it’s really hard to determine how this Derby will play out.

With that being said, here’s a look at the 20 horses in order of their current points totals to identify each of their running styles. Upcoming posts will dive deeper into every horse in this year’s field.

  1. Epicenter – 164 points – Speed/Presser
  2. Zandon – 114 points – Closer
  3. White Abarrio – 112 points – Presser
  4. Mo Donegal – 112 points – Closer
  5. Tiz the Bomb – 110 points – Closer
  6. Cyberknife – 100 points – Stalker
  7. Crown Pride (JPN) – 100 points – Stalker
  8. Taiba – 100 points – Presser
  9. Simplification – 74 points – Presser/Stalker
  10. Smile Happy – 70 points – Stalker
  11. Tawny Port – 60 points – Closer
  12. Barber Road – 58 points – Closer
  13. Un Ojo – 54 points – Closer
  14. Early Voting – 50 points – Speed
  15. Morello – 50 points – Presser
  16. Messier – 40 points – Speed/Presser
  17. Zozos – 40 points – Speed/Presser
  18. Summer is Tomorrow – 40 points – Speed
  19. Charge It – 40 points – Speed/Presser
  20. Happy Jack – 30 points – Closer

Taking a look at this list will lead us to how we will handicap the Derby as the race gets closer. Often times pace makes the race and from a quick look at this field there isn’t a ton of early speed. We have to look all the way down the the #14 horse in the points leaderboard, Early Voting, to find our first true speed horse.

This is going to be a fun race!!!