04/10/2013 3:54PM

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for April 10

Tom Keyser
Rydilluc will make his bid for a Kentucky Derby starting spot by running in the Blue Grass Stakes.


Overanalyze and Palace Malice, previous members of the Derby Watch top 20, have worked their way back onto the list and are joined by newcomer Rydilluc. All three are running in preps Saturday - Overanalyze in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, Palace Malice and Rydilluc in the Blue Grass at Keeneland. Overanalyze is 25-1 on the Kentucky Derby future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form's national handicapper. Palace Malice is 40-1 on Watchmaker's line, Rydilluc 50-1. Goldencents, who won the Santa Anita Derby last Saturday, is now the co-third choice on Watchmaker's line at 8-1 after being 40-1 a week ago. Normandy Invasion, the Wood Memorial runner-up, had his price cut in half, from 20-1 to 10-1.


Three horses were removed from the list - Flashback and Hear the Ghost, owing to injuries that took them off the Derby trail, and Power Broker following his lackluster comeback in the Santa Anita Derby. It would be stretching to say Verrazano is "not hot," considering he's favored on Watchmaker's line, but it should be noted that Watchmaker did raise his price to 5-1 from last week's 4-1 following his victory in the Wood.


Balance the Books and Footbridge are among the Blue Grass contenders who could leap onto the top 20 with a one-two finish in that race. Falling Sky, a former resident of the top 20, will use the Arkansas Derby as his conduit to try and get back on the list.

- Jay Privman

[DERBY WATCH: Top 20 Kentucky Derby contenders with odds and video]