By Kevin Martin
This year is the first time that colts making the field in the Kentucky Derby qualified under a new points system. In years past, colts qualified based on graded stakes earnings. A total of thirty-six races, with the first coming last year, gave aspiring Derby starters an opportunity to accumulate points towards an entry into America’s greatest horse race.
Most would agree that the new points system, while not quite perfect, is better than the old Derby qualifying system. The best evidence for its success can be found in the strength of this year’s field. The twenty starters are comprised of colts with experience running against classy competition at distances that best prepare them for the mile-and-a-quarter distance of the Kentucky Derby.
Here is a look at the major contenders and a few other colts to consider when making your pick for this year’s Derby:
The Major Contenders:
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