Stepping in the gate
Updated: February 16, 2012, 11:50 AM ETBy Amanda Duckworth | Special to ESPN.com
Much like Christmas displays in October, it has become a matter of course for Kentucky Derby lists to pop up well in advance of the big day.As soon as the winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile crosses the wire in early November, he is almost always crowned the early Derby favorite. The madness then settles down for a bit, but by January and certainly by February it is time to start picking your Derby horse.
No one really expects to be 100% locked down on their Derby horse in February.
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