Who’s up, who’s down within the prime 20 Kentucky Derby contenders


That is the time of 12 months when contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders on the Triple Crown Path.

With the Sham (G3), Jerome and Mucho Macho Man Stakes now within the books, there was loads of motion on this week’s HRN 3-year-old rankings.

Life Is Good progressed from his robust maiden victory within the Sham. Mutasaabeq proved grime is his most popular floor within the Mucho Macho Man. Capo Kane grew to become the newest Parx maiden winner to make a splash in New York along with his Jerome rating.

Eleven 3-year-olds can have a chance to take their subsequent step on the Triple Crown path in Saturday’s aggressive Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Truthful Grounds.

The Lecomte options Proxy, ranked No. 7; Mandaloun, No. 11; and Manor Home, No. 25. Important High quality deservingly has a big lead for the No. 1 spot in the mean time, but when one of many three horses talked about above win the Lecomte in a powerful style, they may problem Important High quality for the highest spot earlier than a possible showdown with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner within the Risen Star (G2) on Feb. 13.

Here’s a nearer have a look at who’s rising and who’s falling within the newest HRN rankings.

Who’s rising

Life Is Good
 — Critiques have been combined on this colt’s victory within the Sham Stakes (G3). He earned a implausible 101 Beyer Pace Determine whereas attempting a route for the primary time in a race the place the third-place finisher was a mile behind the highest two. Medina Spirit was gaining appreciable floor late, and there’s some concern about this colt’s means to get the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Derby regardless of Mike Smith and Bob Baffert insisting that he was eased up. This sounds quite a bit like Genuine following the Haskell, and everyone knows how that turned out. He definitely has as a lot expertise as anybody on this crop, and it is going to be attention-grabbing to see whether or not distance finally ends up being his Achilles’ heel. He has risen to No. 4 on this week’s rankings.

Medina Spirit — If Life Is Good is as gifted as most imagine, then this colt needs to be given credit score for the fierce late kick he confirmed within the Sham. Not like Life Is Good, he didn’t achieve a powerhouse pace determine in his debut, thus the advance in begin No. 2 was substantial when 13 lengths away from the third-place finisher. He has improved to No. 26 this week and appears to have loads of room to develop.

Mutasaabeq — This touted colt was probably the most spectacular debut winners all meet final summer time at Saratoga. After a disappointing third within the Hopeful (G1), Todd Pletcher switched issues up by putting him on the turf within the Bourbon (G2). He was gifted sufficient to win the Bourbon regardless of a tough journey, which led many to imagine he was a turf horse. Following a dud within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, he kicked off his 3-year-old marketing campaign with a powerful win over the primary monitor within the Jan. 2 Mucho Macho Man, indicating that his future lies on the grime. He could be a step behind the very best of his crop, however he has proven nice versatility and that he can deal with a route of floor. The son of Into Mischief sits at No. 30.

Capo Kane — This son of Road Sense appeared good defeating his extra seasoned rivals within the Jerome after a maiden victory at Parx. The standard of that area was suspect and it was round one flip, however this colt has the upside to maneuver up from his No. 39 rating this week.

Who’s falling

Get Her Quantity — This colt appeared on his solution to huge issues with a powerful victory within the American Pharoah (G1) in his grime debut, however he has not been seen since. That looks like ages in the past and he has gone a very long time and not using a exercise, making many wonder if he’ll make a significant Derby prep. He has fallen to No. 20 after reaching the highest 5 at one level.

Pickin’ Time — He gained recognition for his win within the Nashua however has did not construct on that momentum with consecutive fourth-place finishes within the Remsen and Mucho Macho Man. He dropped to No. 51 this week and is slowly fading off the Derby Path.

Parnelli — He knocked heads with Sizzling Rod Charlie and Spielberg earlier than breaking maiden with ease. Many anticipated him to take the following step ahead with a robust effort within the Sham, however he was nowhere to be seen, ending a distant third. 

The contender rankings are generated by person and workers rankings for prime lively 3-year-olds. If the listing is lacking a horse you might be watching, you might add that horse, fee it and watch it climb the ladder. Click on right here for extra on HRN’s Energy Rankings and voting.

Beneath is a display shot of the highest 20 contenders. Click on right here for the whole rankings listing of prime 3-year-olds for 2021.

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