Popular Contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is only a few weeks away — it starts up May 4th, 2013. The major prep races have already gotten underway, and the contender list will change rapidly. The entries get drawn and post positions are selected on the 1st of May. This year is very special for the Derby, as the hopefuls will be determined by a new point system. It’s being called “Road to the Kentucky Derby”

As punters, you need to have a good idea of all of this information in order to make the best bets possible. That’s really the best way to go, from every angle that you can think of.

The new system focuses on a series of 36 selected prep races to figure out the priority for all horses wishing to be KD starters. This is an attempt to make the selection order fairer to all contenders.

What’s also interesting about 2013 is that fillies can run in the Derby. However, she’ll have to earn her way into the field. This is done through accumulating points against open company. The good news is that any points earned by a filly in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series will also be credited to her point total in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series.

2013 Kentucky Derby

These changes should be pretty big business for the Derby, as well as for horse enthusiasts from corner to corner and angle to angle.

So, who is in the lead right now? The top 5 horses are listed below:

1. Code West

Trained by: Bob Baffert
Dosage: 1.34
Jockey: Martin Garcia

2. Delhomme

Trained by: Todd Pletcher
Dosage: 1.80
Jockey: Javier Castellano

3. Den’s Legacy

Trained by: Bob Baffert
Dosage: 1.57
Jockey: Garrett Gomez

4. Dynamic Sky

Trained by: Mark Casse
Dosage: 2.50
Jockey: Luis Contreas

5. Elnaawi

Trained by: Kiaran McLaughlin
Dosage: 1.67
Jockey: Channing Hill

Which horse do you have your eye? We’d love to know. Right now we’re keeping our selection to ourselves in order to see how the contender slots move around, but we really would love to hear from you on this. Are you excited that the Derby is coming? Let us know!

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