The final two major Kentucky Derby prep races—the Blue
Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park—will be run
this Saturday. Here are the top contenders in each.
BLUE GRASS STAKES
Street Sense (right)
Last year's 2-year-old champion bids to become first Breeders' Cup Juvenile
victor to win Kentucky Derby.
California's best 3-year-old was easy winner his last time out on March 3; in
eight starts he hasn't finished worse than third.
Common sense says he isn't accomplished enough to win; that was the thinking
about Tiago before he won Santa Anita Derby.
Runaway winner of Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes will be making only third start, which
Derby history suggests won't be enough.
Owner B. Wayne Hughes, the Public Storage billionaire, still seeking first
Kentucky Derby win after two fourth-place finishes.
If colt runs well enough here, trainer Todd Pletcher is likely to have at least
five starters at Churchill Downs.