03/13/2014 2:26PM

Byron King: Hoppertunity poised for improvement in Rebel


When Hoppertunity won a maiden race at Santa Anita on Jan. 30, shooting up the inside to victory and galloping out many lengths in front, he hit my shortlist of horses to follow who could vault into the Kentucky Derby picture with continued improvement. And although Hoppertunity followed that win with a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, he is still one this handicapper is following closely.