The Grade 3 Derby Trial on opening night at Churchill Downs produced yet another winner by red-hot trainer Todd Pletcher—Forty Tales—but this one is not going to be joining his five other runners in the starting gate Saturday for the Kentucky Derby.
Even with the points system now determining who winds up in the field, there will be an also-eligible list this year, and there can always be some changes in the lineup the final week leading up to the race.
Already, with the recent defection of the two Bob Baffert horses, Golden Soul and Fear the Kitten have found their way into the 20-horse field. Good luck with that!
With so many options, creating power rankings for the Kentucky Derby is a fairly good handicapping exercise to help you wrap your mind around the myriad variables and help you visualize how the race may unfold. As well, a contrarian mind can come up with different favorites than the pack, and those horses can have juicy odds.
Here are my power rankings, from bottom to top, as of this time.