04/19/2017 11:46AM

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for April 19

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Lookin at Lee, at 30-1, is back on the Derby Watch top 20.


Lookin At Lee, a member of the original Derby Watch top 20 two months ago, finished well to be third in the Arkansas Derby and has moved back onto the list as the lone new member of this week’s top 20. He is 30-1 on the Kentucky Derby future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper. Classic Empire, who won the Arkansas Derby, is the new favorite on Watchmaker’s line at 5-1 after being the fourth choice at 12-1 last week. Always Dreaming, last week’s favorite, is now the second choice at 6-1.

:: DERBY WATCH: Top 20 list | DERBY WATCH: On the outside looking in - but not for long


Malagacy, who finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby, was removed from the top 20. He has enough points to run in the Derby and has yet to officially be removed from consideration for the race, but just as the Derby Watch executive committee did last week with Cloud Computing, we are operating under the assumption that when all is said and done, he will not run.


With every prep now having been run, those seeking to forge their way onto the list are at the mercy of the points list. As of Wednesday, assuming both Cloud Computing and Malagacy end up bypassing the race, next up would be Sonneteer, then Royal Mo, both of whom are intended runners if they can get in.

:: ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY: Prep races, point standings, replays, and analysis