Studying the form lines will be easier to do in the run-up to the race itself, taking in results and times from various trials as well as the Derby at Churchill Downs.
Based on 2017 form though (and reputation), here are some of the main contenders and why they are so fancied by the pros:
Trained by Mick Ruis, he is bred for this sort of distance and was a fine winner of the Frontrunner Stakes at Santa Anita back in late September.
He went off favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but had to race wide throughout and just couldn’t muster the energy to challenge, finishing third that time.
A very well built type who blitzed home in the Ellis Park Juvenile having also won at Churchill Downs on debut, he looks booked for a return to the Kentucky track for the big one and if running well there will almost certainly turn up here too.
Like Dak Attack he is trained by Dale Romans and cruised home in the Grade One Futurity at Keeneland in October. He was well beaten at the Breeders’ Cup but is better than that effort and remains one to watch.
A definite improver, something which worked for him when unexpectedly landing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar ahead of some other main Triple Crown contenders. Further improvement over the winter would see this one become a real champion three-year-old.
Hasn’t really won a big one as yet but was 4th behind Free Drop Billy in the Futurity and definitely has a chance to become a Grade One winning 3yo.
A trick which has become useful for bettors over the past few years as the betting world becomes smaller is seeing how the odds shape up oversees.
How the form lines are read in one territory can sometimes differ to how they are read in another. Also, away from the States bookies and customers are not swayed by the reputation a certain horse or its trainer may have in the media and so the odds can look very different.
Here is how the odds generally shape up for the big Triple Crown hopes over in Europe right now:
|Free Drop Billy||33/1|
|Conquistador (and others)||25/1|
Likely favorite Bolt D’Oro is the biggest surprise here being more than double his odds at home. It just helps sometimes to see the race through the eyes of someone else to maybe stop you from being too excited by certain horses just because of their odds.
Don’t forget; TVG will have all the latest odds and analysis for the second leg of the Triple Crown, so be sure to check back close to the big day for all the info you need.