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Top contenders for the 2018 Kentucky Derby

Top contenders for the 2018 Kentucky Derby

With less than two weeks to go before the first Saturday in May, the prep races are done and we have a grip on the top contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Last year’s class of 3-year-olds never did sort itself out completely. And we’re going into another Derby without a pre-eminent favorite. But the good news is the potential contenders acquitted themselves well during prep season, so the parity comes from a place of strength rather than weakness.

Right now, we’re looking at an unusually accomplished top six :

Justify: Here’s your likely Derby favorite, after he bested Bolt d’Oro in the most anticipated showdown of the prep season last weekend....