The Kentucky Derby, by its nature, is full of surprises, and with jam-packed 20-horse fields now all but assured every year, there is an increased likelihood of something unexpected happening. You just can’t expect something with so many variables to run to form.
Still, it’s hard not to project what the big stories might be given particular outcomes. This 139th Derby has no shortage of interesting storylines to work with—unless, of course, a nobody comes along and blows them up.
Here are 10 stories the national media would be delighted to write in the aftermath of the race next Saturday afternoon: