With less than four weeks until the Kentucky Derby, on May 3, here are the top contenders to wear the blanket of roses.
1. EMPIRE MAKER
His mammoth run in the March 15 Florida Derby is still the signature race of the prep campaign, but he doesn't want to peak this weekend at Aqueduct.
Wood Memorial. Saturday
2. PEACE RULES
Could there be a Bobby Frankel-trained exacta? Peace Rules's run in the March 9 Louisiana Derby was the second-best prep performance of the year.
Blue Grass, Saturday
3. BADGE OF SILVER
He faded to sixth against Peace Rules in Louisiana, but he now gets a rematch at a track (Keeneland) where he has won before.