02/19/2014 3:33PM

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for Feb. 19, 2014

Benoit & Associates
Kobe's Back, ridden by Joel Rosario, wins the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths Sunday.


Bayern and Kobe’s Back are the two newcomers to this week’s Derby Watch top 20 list. Bayern, a runaway allowance winner last week at Santa Anita, is listed at 20-1 on the Kentucky Derby future line set by Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper. Kobe’s Back, who won the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, is 30-1 on Watchmaker’s line. Tapiture, who won the Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park, had his price tumble from 15-1 to 10-1 on Watchmaker’s line.


To make room for the two newcomers, Vinceremos and Harpoon were dropped. They finished first and second Feb. 1 in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, a race that offered no points toward the Derby under the system used by Churchill Downs to determine the field should more than the maximum of 20 horses enter. Strong Mandate, second in the Southwest, was bumped up by Watchmaker to 15-1 from last week’s 10-1. Conquest Titan (30-1 from 25-1) and Noble Moon (40-1 from 30-1) also had their prices raised.

[DERBY WATCH: Top 20 list | [McGaughey has two top prospects for repeat bid]


Tamarando, winner of the El Camino Real Derby last Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, is one of many horses who were considered but ultimately missed the cut. There could be plenty of changes on next week’s list, owing to large fields in both the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds, along with a strong field in a Gulfstream allowance, all on Saturday. Major names in those races looking to forge onto the list include Albano, Almost Famous, Constitution, General a Rod, Intense Holiday, Hoppertunity, Mexikoma, Tonalist, Wicked Strong, and Wildcat Red.

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John Burton More than 1 year ago
WILDCAT RED has the heart of a Grade I horse! In the FOY he displayed the determination and competitiveness of a champion! As I said last week, WILDCAT RED and his trainer seem like another team destined for Kentucky Derbyshire Glory! We will see if Garafulo's training and WILDCAT RED's heart can take them out of the starting gate and into the winner's circle! They have my hope and money that they will! Good luck,boys! I HOPE TO SEE YOU BOTH IN THE WINNER's CIRCLE on May 3rd!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
How does Tamarando miss the cut? Ridic!
Glenn Canady More than 1 year ago
tamarando Jerry H will have him ready to run he might not win but he will get a call or two
Glenn Canady More than 1 year ago
the Golden Gate Fields horse looks legit
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
It's still too early but its obvious that the winner will come from the big stakes races at The Gulf, Oaklawn Park and New York. I don't see anything big in Cali yet that can go a mile and a quarter around Churchill's deep track...
Mark More than 1 year ago
Disregard . Got watch mail . He worked on the 17th
Mark More than 1 year ago
Can any of you guys at drf tell me what's up with Mosler. Had been working like clock work thru two Monday's ago at payson. Now no work last week and no entry ? Thanks