Dortmund and the Curse of “Keen to Lead” In The Lazy Bettor’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby I coin the phrase keen to lead (KTL) to describe runners incapable of relaxing early. The concept expands the typical need to lead (NTL) designation to include horses positioned...

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Wednesday night, I started to write my Kentucky Derby analysis for this site. It centered on Bob Baffert's likely use of Chitu as a rabbit for Hoppertunity. With Chitu blasting from the starting gate and other speedsters (including the likely favorite California Chrome) forced...