Kentucky Derby Contenders - Day 9: #22 Alpha

Contributed By Post Time Pete
Posted on 4/9/12 8:00 AM

Day 9: #22 Alpha

Alpha Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC Silks
Jockey: Ramon A. Dominguez*
Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC
Breeder: Darley
Earnings: $180,000*
Next Race: Wood Memorial
* Current as of April 1, 2012

Alpha is a Bernardini and Munnaya colt. He broke his maiden in convincing fashion and, despite a disappointing finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile G1, has gotten off to a solid 3 year old campaign. He won the Count Fleet and Withers G3 at Aqueduct earlier this year and ran a very solid 2nd in the Wood Memorial. He came very close to edging out Gemologist but had to pull up twice during the race.

I think Alpha is a great horse and will excel in the Kentucky Derby. In fact, I think the rematch between Alpha and Gemologist in a large field will end with Alpha on top. His place in the Wood Memorial will guarantee him enough earnings to run on the 5th of May and right now he's on my short list to win.

Click here to preview yesterday's breakdown of #23 on the earnings list, Trinniberg.

Check back tomorrow when we preview #21 on our list, Optimizer.

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