A Kentucky Derby preview the year after the Triple Crown has been won is a rare thing. Saturday May 7th will see how much momentum the industry will hold from American Pharoah. Will more new race fans cause bloated pools and skewed odds? 20 horse field to contend with but one favorite has emerged for the masses to rally around. Nyquist leads off Part One of our Kentucky Derby Preview series. Is he as strong as the other chalk favorites of recent years?
Kentucky Derby Preview : Perfection
In a 20 horse field, speculation can run rampant on which ones have the best shot to win the Run for the Roses on Saturday. Only one has an unblemished record coming in. Nyquist is the name of this conqueror. Do not miss out on this latest trend that chalk horses have won the last three races.
- Orb in 2013
- California Chrome did it in 2014
- Of course American Pharoah on the way to the Triple Crown last year.
Seven races with no losses is only part of the reason why he is the favorite. Won the Breeder’s Cup for 2 year olds. Even when jumping up to this year, he destroyed Mohaymen at the Florida Derby last month. All of this and great use of his speed has him entrenched as the favorite for Saturday.
Hope For Others : Beyer Speed Figures
This is the metric that is hoping to be pivotal for the underdogs this year. Beyer speed figures hopes to quantify a horse’s race regardless of the surface/conditions he ran at. Ambitious but getting pretty accurate theses days. Nyquist has several horses in the field that had better numbers than him this year. So it is not a runaway talent wise. Also those that talk about the blood, do not favor Nyquist’s pedigree. Finally, the jump up to distance at the Derby has people looking down the scoresheet to other horses for their paydays this Saturday.
Part One illustrates the clear favorite of the field. Nyquist has a lot going for him. History being the favorite and his record coming in being the strong points in the argument. Beyer speed figures betray that he might not be the slam dunk like the last two years. Part Two of this preview will be tomorrow and will focus on the darkhorses and longshots that could propel our profit to new heights. Good fortune and we will see you later today here at the HRW.