All Handicapping

May 03, 2017
The road to the Kentucky Derby is rarely, if ever, a straight one. The only thing that varies from year to year in this aspect of the journey is how many unexpected detours arise, and how deep into the weeds those detours take us.
Estimating the degree of influence of post position is no easy task. While basic considerations of condition, class, and speed figures are pre-race tangibles, the effect of post and pace are uncertain until after both gates open.
There are lots of variables to consider and questions to answer with this Derby field, with the prospect of a wet track adding yet another question mark to an already muddled equation.
Irish War Cry has done little wrong in his five-race career, and he enters the Kentucky Derby on the heels of an impressive score in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.
CLASSIC EMPIRE showed his class and talent in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in fast time last year and then last month exhibited another skill in taking the Arkansas Derby – the ability to overcome adversity.
IRISH WAR CRY enters in top form and with the field's top speed figures. He has an up-front running style, and recent Derby winners have been forwardly placed.
The road to this year's Kentucky Derby has been a bumpy one, and even the most accomplished of this 3-year-old crop have managed to find a pothole or two on the way to Louisville.
Assessing the pace scenario is one of the more critical aspects of handicapping the Kentucky Derby. Historically, the Derby has featured fast early paces, enabling even the deepest one-run closers a chance to hit the board. Recently, however, the Derby ...
The TimeformUS Pace Projector attempts to predict how a race will unfold early.
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides his Highlight Horse for Wednesday's card at Belmont Park.