Week 2 Kentucky Derby Media Poll

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Good Magic Falls in Kentucky Derby Media Poll Following Defeat

The 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll is voted on each week by 25 selected horse racing writers and commentators assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. A shakeup in the week 2 poll shows Good Magic falling from the No. 1 spot to No. 4 following his 3rd place finish in the Fountain of Youth behind winner Promises Fulfilled.

The new No. 1 is McKinzie, who received 9 first place votes while Bolt d’ Oro remained No. 2 despite more first place votes (12) than McKinzie. Those two will decide the week 3 leader this Saturday when they go head to head in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita March 10.

A total of three Kentucky Derby prep races are March 10, as the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct will also provide some clarity into the Kentucky Derby field.

McKinzie and Firenze Fire are the only horses in this year’s Derby crop that have won two Kentucky Derby points races. McKinzie has won twice over two turns while Firenze Fire has won his two Derby preps at one turn.

The biggest move in the week 2 poll was by Fountain of Youth winner Promises Fulfilled, who went from unranked to No. 6.

“A somewhat disappointing 2018 debut for Good Magic — third in the Fountain of Youth, well behind Promises Fulfilled and Strike Power—turns things topsy turvy,” said TVG’s Caton Bredar. “Hopefully the West Coast provides some clarity this weekend.”

In the first two Kentucky Derby Championship Series races that awarded 50 points to the winner, big long shots were victorious with Bravazo (21-1) capturing the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and Promises Fulfilled (18-1) wiring the field to win the Fountain of Youth (G2). Each picked up enough points to earn a spot in the starting gate for the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

The Week 2 Kentucky Derby Media Poll with ranking and points is listed below, along with the 25 voting media members and their affiliate and Twitter handle to follow.


Kentucky Derby Media Poll (Week 2)
 Horse (1st-place votes)  Points Previous 
 1. McKinzie (9)  499 3
 2. Bolt d’Oro (12)  495 2
 3. Audible (1)  451 4
 4. Good Magic (1)  425 1
 5. Solomini (2)  407 5
 6. Promises Fulfilled  335   N/R
 7. Catholic Boy (1)  326 6
 8. Free Drop Billy  289 8
 9. Avery Island (1)  284 7
 10. Justify  224 9
 11. Bravazo  209 12
 12. Flameaway  189 11
 13. Instilled Regard  158  10
 T14. Sporting Chance  150  14
 T14. My Boy Jack  150  13
 16. Magnum Moon  144 16
 17. Strike Power  137  N/R
 18. Vino Rosso  111 15
 19. Combatant  73 17
 20. Kanthaka  69   N/R


Next 10 receiving votes (with points): Firenze Fire (67), Snapper Sinclair (65), Noble Indy (48), Enticed (39), Tiz Mischief (35), Mendelssohn (27), Gold Town (25), Restoring Hope (22), Untamed Domain (21), Diamond King (17). 


2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll Voters
 Caton Bredar
 Zoe Cadman
John Clay
Lexington Herald-Leader
 Larry Collmus
 Fred Cowgill
 Jody Demling
 Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
 Britney Eurton
 Bill Finley
Thoroughbred Daily News
 Jason Frakes
Courier Journal
 Mike Hartnett
 Steve Haskin
 Scott Jagow
Paulick Report
 Joe Kristufek
Churchill Downs
 Ben Massam
Thoroughbred Daily News
 Marty McGee
Daily Racing Form
 Gene McLean
The Pressbox
 Craig Milkowski
 Randy Moss
NBC Sports
 Darren Rogers
Churchill Downs
Matt Shifman
Horse Racing Nation
Mike Shutty 
Horse Racing Nation
Travis Stone
Churchill Downs
Dan Tordjman
America’s Best Racing
Jon White
Santa Anita Park
Art Wilson
Southern Cal News Group
 Alicia Wincze Hughes
 Maggie Wolfendale
Brian Zipse
Horse Racing Nation


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