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Thirteen thoughts

Updated: February 4, 2013, 4:00 PM ET
By Amanda Duckworth | Special to ESPN.com

Although the calendar shows one month down, 11 to go for 2013, for horse racing fans, the heart of the North American racing calendar is upon us. Somewhere, the next Kentucky Derby winner snoozes in his (or her) stall, unaware that 2013 is the year for which he (or she) will be remembered.

The months leading up to the Triple Crown are filled with intrigue, talent and plenty of speculation. Before everyone, including myself, gets wrapped up in the specifics, here are some general thoughts ...

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