Who is the current leader in the 3-year-old male division?
This year, more than ever, there is serious discussion about who the best 3-year old is this early in the season because of what happened in the Kentucky Derby.
The following is a look at what the the current leaders in the 3-year-old division have accomplished to date.
Obviously, the two Triple Crown races that have been run – the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness – carry by far the most weight.
The other Grade I races that have been run – The Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby and Arkansas Derby – carry more weight than the other prep races for the Derby.
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Officially 4-for-5 in his career – 3-for-4 this year – with the disqualification from first to 17th in the Kentucky Derby for interference with three horses, including eventual Preakness winner War of Will, coming out of the far turn. He has crossed the wire first in all five of his races.
Major accomplishments: Crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby before being disqualified to 17th. Won the Florida Derby.
Beat Beyer Speed Figure: 102. Got a 101 in both the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby.
WAR OF WILL
Is 3-for-5 this year and 4-for-10 for his career – 4-for-6 on dirt. Was one of the horses Maximum Security interfered with in the Kentucky Derby. The interference came when he was making a move for the lead. He crossed the finish line eighth in the Derby and was moved up to seventh.
Major accomplishments: Won the Preakness after getting the same trip in the entire race he had gotten in the Derby before the interference occurred.
Won the Grade II Risen Star and the Grade III LeComte at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans over the winter.
Best Beyer Speed Figure: 99 in the Preakness.
Is 3-for-4 this year and 3-for-7 for his career. He is 3-for-4 on dirt. Was the morning line favorite for the Kentucky Derby before he had to be withdrawn from the race due to an entrapped epiglottis. Is slated to return to the races in the summer.
Major accomplishments: Won the Arkansas Derby. Also won a division of the Grade II Rebel Stakes – the major prep for the Arkansas Derby.
Best Beyer Speed Figure: 101 in the Arkansas Derby.
Is officially 2-for-5 this year and 2-for-7 for his career after he was declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby when Maximum Security was disqualified. He crossed the finish line second in the Derby at odds of 65-1. Is currently sidelined due to a cough he sustained after the Derby. Is slated to return in the summer.
Major accomplishment: Is the official winner of the Kentucky Derby.
Was also third in the Arkansas Derby, fourth in the Louisiana Derby and second in the Risen Star
Best Beyer Speed Figure: 99 in the Kentucky Derby.
► War of Will would get my vote right now because he is the official winner of a Triple Crown race and his volume of work.
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