Fred Faour: The Falcon Kentucky Derby top 5 updated

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CSM/Shutterstock (13792996i) , 2023, Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA: Forte #4 ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. wins the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2) at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida on th, 2023. Liz Lamont/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM Horse Racing Fountain of Youth Stakes Day, Hallandale Beach, USA – 04 Mar 2023

Fred Faour: The Falcon Kentucky Derby top 5 updated

Mattress Mack has an awesome promo where if the Derby favorite wins you get your furniture free. Check out the flyer below then let’s look at the updated Derby 5:

  1. Forte: Florida Derby winner has won six of seven and will be the likely Kentucky Derby favorite. If you take Mack’s promo this is likely your horse. He has been visually impressive in almost every race until the Florida Derby. He grinded out a win but it looked like a struggle and it raises questions about the Derby distance. His record is impeccable, however, and he has every chance to get it done. The more I research him, the more I like him.
  2. Angel of Empire: The Arkansas Derby was not the toughest field of the preps, but the win was as easy as they come and Brad Cox runners tend to keep their form. Will be a decent price.
  3. Kingsbarns: Won the Louisiana Derby in front-running fashion and should have a pace edge in Kentucky. Does not look like there will be a ton of speed and that will give him a big advantage. Might not be good enough, but they will have to run him down. The Churchill surface is notoriously fast on Derby Day so that should play in his favor. Lightly raced and could improve. The next Justify without drugs?
  4. Tapit Trice: Big, strong colt has won four in a row including the Tampa Bay Derby and Blue Grass. Not the strongest fields but should relish the Derby distance and is bred to run all day. The only question is whether or not he is good enough.
  5. Mage: Second to Forte in the Florida Derby; made the lead but got run down. He also had a rough trip and with a cleaner one might turn the tables. Then again, who gets a good trip in the Derby? A better timed move could get him in the mix.

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