(Essential Quality winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland last November / Coady Photography)
There has been a reshuffle. There has been a little remix. There has been some changes and alterations.
But the top?
Well, it’s still the top.
Essential Quality, who has yet to make his 2021 debut for trainer Brad Cox, and Life Is Good, who is undefeated in his two starts in 2021, are still several lengths in front as our latest updated rankings for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Between the top two 3YO colts, they are a perfect 5-for-5.
Between the top two contenders for this year’s “Run for the Roses,” they are a perfect tandem in both talent and toughness.
And, between the top two, we are sill convinced — at least for now — that they are the ones to catch, first, if you expect to beat them on the first Saturday in May — which just so happens to be the first day of May this year.
Lots of races to come.
Lots of time, yet, to go.
So many things to happen today, tomorrow and till we make it to KY Derby week.
Until then, here’s our updated Kentucky Derby Rankings:
|Rankings||Horse||Sire||Trainer||Jockey||Last Race||Next Race||Career||Comments|
|1||Essential Quality||Tapit||Brad Cox||Luis Saez||1st G1 BC Juvenile @ KEE||Feb. 21 -- G3 Southwest Stakes||3/3-0-0||Will This One Stay at Oaklawn Park With Weather Delays Mounting?|
|2||Life Is Good||Into Mischief||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||1st in G3 Sham Stakes||March 6 -- G2 San Felipe Stakes||2/2-0-0||Continues to Progress & Impress / More to Come|
|3||Mandaloun||Into Mischief||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||1st in G2 Risen Star Stakes||March 20 -- G2 Louisiana Derby||4/3-0-1||Addition of Blinkers Certainly Helped in Risen Star / Big Boy Test Coming|
|4||Concert Tour||Street Sense||Bob Baffert||Joel Rosario||1st in G2 San Vicente Stakes||March 13 -- G2 Rebel Stakes||2/2-0-0||Rallied From Off & Got By at Wire / Tough Test % Passed / Next?|
|5||Keepmeinmind||Loaban||Roberto Diodoro||David Cohen||1st in G2 KY Jockey Club @ CD||Feb. 21 -- G3 Southwest Stakes||4/1-2-1||Skipped the Risen Star to Stay Home & Now Snowed In / Time To Run|
|6||Medina Spirit||Protonico||Bob Baffert||Abel Cedillo||1st in G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes||TBD||3/2-1-0||Only Loss To Date Is Against Life Is Good / Win in Lewis Was Solid & Gritty|
|7||Caddo River||Hard Spun||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||1st in Smarty Jones Stakes||March 13 -- G2 Rebel Stakes||4/2-2-0||Impressive in Smarty Jones / Can He Continue to Improve?|
|8||Hot Rod Charlie||Oxbow||Doug O'Neill||Joel Rosario||3rd in G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes||March 20 -- G2 Louisiana Derby||6/1-1-2||Run Off the Bench in the Lewis Was Impressive / Can He Move Forward?|
|9||Greatest Honour||Tapit||Shug McGaughey||Trevor McCarthy||1st in G3 Holy Bull Stakes||Feb. 27 -- G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes||5/2-1-2||Super Win In the G3 Holy Bull After Jumping Up from MSW Win / More?|
|10||Proxy||Tapit||Michael Stidham||Mitchell Murrill||2nd in the G2 Risen Star Stakes||March 20 -- G2 Louisiana Derby||5/2-3-0||Came From Off Pace to Make Another Salty Run in Risen Star / Is There More?|
|11||Midnight Bourbon||Tiznow||Steve Asmussen||Joe Talamo||3rd in the G2 Risen Star Stakes||TBD||6/2-1-3||Wasn't Able to Make Lead in Risen Star, But Still Was Strong / Consistent Sort|
|12||Prate||Into Mischief||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||1st in FG MSW||TBD||1/1-0-0||Has Not Run Since Impressive MSW in Dec / Work on 2-14 Was Huge / Next?|
|13||Freedom Fighter||Violence||Bob Baffert||Drayden Van Dyke||2nd in G2 San Vicente Stakes||TBD||2/1-1-0||Super Stubborn in San Vicente / Has Speed / How Far Can He Carry It?|
|14||Prime Factor||Quality Road||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||3rd in G3 Holy Bull Stakes||TBD||2/1-0-1||Not a Factor In Last When Routing 1st Time / Don't Give Up, Yet|
|15||Risk Taking||Medaglia d'Oro||Chad Brown||Eric Cancel||1st in G3 Withers Stakes||TBD||4/2-0-0||Runaway Winner of Withers, From Off Pace / After Slow Start, 2 Wins in Row|
|16||Drain the Clock||Maclean's Music||Saffie Joseph, Jr.||Edgard Zayas||1st in G3 Swale Stakes||Feb. 27 -- G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes||5/4-0-0||In All Races He Has Finished? He Has Won / Has Speed & Talent / Watch Out|
|17||The Great One||Nyquist||Doug O'Neill||Abel Cedillo||1st in SA MSW||March 6 -- G2 San Felipe Stakes||5/1-1-0||Broke MSW by 14 on Jan. 23 / Ran 2nd in Los Alamitos Futurity / Talent There|
|18||Rombauer||Twirling Candy||Michael McCarthy||Kyle Frey||1st in El Camino Real Derby||TBD||5/2-1-0||True Closer Came From Last to Win El Camino / Ran 5th in BC Juv / Talent|
|19||Jackie's Warrior||Maclean's Music||Steve Asmussen||Joel Rosario||4th in G1 BC Juvenile @ KEE||Feb. 21 -- G3 Southwest Stakes||5/4-0-0||Long Time Between Drinks / Now Snowbound? / Time Is Running|
|20||Fire At Will||Declaration of War||Mike Maker||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||1st in BC Juvenile Turf||Feb. 27 -- G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes||4/3-0-0||Six Published Works Since Last Win in BC Juv Turf / Turf to Dirt? / Maker Can|