At the beginning of the year, the crop of three-year-old colts working toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby starting gate looked like one of the strongest in recent memory. Since then, many of the most promising stars have been left to watch from the sidelines with injuries, leaving a group of sophomores full of question marks.
Though many of the early favorites will not be in contention for a place in Kentucky Derby history, there have been several horses who have emerged as top contenders to win the 140th Run for the Roses.
No horse is invincible. Each horse, despite its talent, has one major flaw that could keep its name out of the Kentucky Derby history books. Some horses lack experience; others may be hindered by physical or behavioral flaws. When handicapping the Derby, much like with finding a romantic partner, it is about finding the flaws you can live with.
Here is a look at the potential standouts and the flaw each has that could stand in the way between the starting gate and the winner's circle.