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|
|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|
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).