No shake ups on top of Kentucky Derby & Oaks polls

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Ed DeRosa

April 9th, 2016

Saturday's seven Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Championship Series races had an earthquake effect on my rankings: the foundation was rocked but the top stayed entact.

Granted, I didn't plan on seeing anything today that would have usurped Nyquist on top of my Kentucky Derby poll, and I definitely did not expect Songbird to lose the Santa Anita Oaks (and thus her hold on top of my Kentucky Oaks poll), but I did figure the Santa Anita Derby to have the biggest say on who would be behind Nyquist.

And while I was wrong about who that horse would be, I was right about the race. Danzing Candy was number two coming in, but it's Exaggerator going out following his dominant move to blow the doors off the field. It was an eye-catching run, and while there's reason for pause--the wet track, the dud last time, etc.--it looked good enough on a horse who won't be the favorite at Churchill Downs to get excited about him as a wagering prospect.

I moved Santa Anita Derby runner-up Mor Spirit  up as well. I wasn't a fan of his coming into the race, and I'm still a little trepidatious, but in terms of how he's coming into the Derby he might be worth 15-to-1 considering he'll still be running when others have stopped.

I only want the winners out of the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes. Outwork is fine, and Brody's Cause might be getting good again, but none of the horses behind them get the blood pumping, including maiden Trojan Nation from the Wood. Also worth noting that Nyquist has defeated Exaggerator and Broday's Cause already.