Brian Nadeau’s Kentucky Derby 2016 Analysis

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.   Churchill Downs: The GI, $2 million Kentucky Derby at 1 1/4 miles #1 Trojan Nation (50-1): Gigantic longshot almost blew up the board at 81-1 when he came up the inside in Aqueduct’s muddy GI Wood Memorial to run second, beaten just a head by fellow rival Outwork,…

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Lexington

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Keeneland: The GIII, $150,000 Lexington at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 10-4-2-1) While this year’s Lexington likely won’t send anyone to the Kentucky Derby, as no one can secure a berth with a win, there’s some intrigue, as a few classy runners from major barns take…

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Arkansas Derby

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Oaklawn Park: The GI, $1 million Arkansas Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-40-20-10) #1 Discreetness (20-1): Deep closer didn’t make any headway behind many of these when seventh in both of the two local graded stakes, the GIII Southwest in February and GII Rebel…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Santa Anita Derby

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Santa Anita: The GI, $1 million Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-40-20-10) #1 Denman’s Call (15-1): The potential inside speed stretches out off some fast-paced local sprints and likely has to go from the rail here to maintain his position, so right…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Wood Memorial

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Aqueduct: The GI, $1 million Wood Memorial at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-40-20-10) #1 Shagaf (2-1): Expected favorite made it 3-for-3 when he rode one of the most intense speed biases in recent memory early before tipping out off the far turn to win the…