This week Wireplayers.com has put out its Derby Dozen Part II - which I am humbly contribute to. You can check the top 12, at least in the minds of 12 fellow Thoroughbred bloggers, Derby contenders by clicking here. In case you are interested I went with the now horse - Dialed In - as my first place vote.
As for a dark horse, how about one that is on most Derby followers' radar, but might fall off the casual Derby fan's list?
Monzon, a Son of Derby winner Thunder Gulch, runs today in the Tampa's Sam Davis Stakes - the prep for the Tampa Derby. He's the second choice in the morning line behind Todd Pletcher's Brethen. Monzon made a sweeping move in his last stakes win, Aqueduct's Count Fleet Stakes. Today is his litmus test in which he'll become pretender or contender.