As regular readers might remember I have been providing statistics related to the Derby since the start of February. Some of them are meaningful, others not so meaningful but I think all of them are at least interesting.
For anyone who just maybe needs to refine their picks a bit or is at odds over who to select for that last spot in your trifecta perhaps some statistics mentioned here can give you some ideas, help you narrow it down or even just help you to think about the Derby in a way that you may not have before.
So here are the links to all the posts in my archive about Derby statistics.
Big Field Experience
Dosage and Dual Qualifiers
Two Turn Experience
2yo to 3yo Improvement
Home Track Advantage
The Effects of Tough Races
A Review of Todd Pletcher's Derby Record
Getting the Last Furlong
Beyer Speed Figure Patterns
If you actually glean something useful from those posts you want to take another look at the Derby 20-20 system to see how many these statistical factors can be melded together to form a profile. Be sure to check out the full explanation of the Derby 20-20 system in the 3 parts linked here: (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Again let me reiterate the reasons for doing this, as some commenters have suggested that I'm merely trying to point out every stat prior to the Derby so that after the Derby I can beat my own chest and say how I called it. My sole intent is to give everyone who reads this a better picture of how they could use statistics in handicapping. Perhaps get you to think outside the lines and hopefully sharpen you as a handicapper. Whether the statistics bear out this year or not I think it is a useful addition to any handicappers arsenal, because even identifying things that do not work is progress.