The Kentucky Derby has transformed in recent years from a members-only club to a wide-open race in which even the unknown can find themselves in the winner's circle.
Kentucky Derby Power Rankings
Our experts rank this week's Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders
Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap will certainly showcase plenty of experience.
Tapiture and Bayern don't technically turn three years of age until the day of the Kentucky Derby. But like all Derby hopefuls, the colts will mature at their own pace.
Trainer Bret Calhoun has been through a deep valley with Fiftyshadesofgold, but Saturday at Sam Houston the filly has the chance reach a peak.
The winner won't be known and the Kentucky Derby won't be run for another 79 days or so. But, make no mistake, the Derby's being won right now.
Pause just a moment, take a break from Tomorrowland, and let the adults have a moment of calm and contemplation.
Among this year's 3-year-olds there are several that will take with them on the road to the Triple Crown a name worthy of a Derby winner.
Gary gives his Top 100 Kentucky Derby contenders.