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This feature provides a capsule look at three horses who are heating up on the Triple Crown trail and three horses whose chances for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve are not quite as strong as they were last week.

With the prep action on the Derby trail wrapped up, this column sorts out the contenders as we near the first leg of the Triple Crown in two and a half weeks.

When I woke up on Saturday morning, there was only one thing on my mind … Winx.

If you don’t know who Winx is, you’re missing out. A superstar in Australia, she currently holds the record for the most Grade 1 victories and has won the Cox Plate – one of Australia’s premier races – three times. Even more exciting and impressive is that she’d done it by beating all comers in open company races against males.

Award-winning BloodHorse senior correspondent Steve Haskin presents his Derby Dozen for the week, which offers an opinionated overview of leading contenders for the 144th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5.

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2018 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey) and pedigree.

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track. Each week in this space we spotlight the most meaningful story of the past seven days, detailing a story that stands out because of its importance or perhaps the emotional response it generates.

Looking ahead, if you believe there’s a story this week that should be featured in next week’s edition of the Main Track, let us know by tweeting it to @ABRLive using the hashtag #ABRMainTrack.

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