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The El Camino Real Derby offers points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve series, but it also deserves an asterisk. Much like the Jeff Ruby Steaks on March 9 at Turfway Park, the El Camino Real Derby is one of two preps contested on a synthetic racing surface.

In light of the positive response to the creation of the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes and Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes, the New York Racing Association is taking the next step forward by launching a pair of Triple Crown turf series, one for 3-year-old males and one for sophomore fillies.

Award-winning BloodHorse senior correspondent Steve Haskin unveils his Derby Dozen this week with a look at his leading contenders for the 145thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 4.

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2019 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.

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top contenders on the Triple Crown trail. Find out the latest 2019 top 3-year-old rankings below. 

The weekly rankings are presented by Old Smoke Clothing, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which is the official T-shirt of America's Best Racing.


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