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Award-winning BloodHorse senior correspondent Steve Haskin presents his Derby Dozen this week with a look at his leading contenders for the 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, now rescheduled for Sept. 5.

If you’re a fan of horse racing, you have at least one favorite horse that affected you in a personal way but may not be that widely known. Sure, everyone has their favorite champions, Kentucky Derby winners, and Breeders’ Cup winners, but devoted fans of the sport know that a lot of the joy in following racing comes from the less-heralded horses that one encounters while following their favorite racing circuit, through an early connection with an owner and/or breeder, or just through chance.

I’d wager every racing fan I know has four or five races that helped spark and/or cement their passion for the sport.

There’s obviously many more important matters to be concerned with right now as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of daily life and we search for ways to help our loved ones, our neighbors, and those in need within the horse industry and everywhere else get through this public health crisis.

This feature provides a capsule look at three horses who are heating up on the Triple Crown trail and three horses whose chances are not quite as strong as they were a week or two ago.

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