As usual it was apparent months ago that Bob Baffert would have a strong hand for Kentucky Derby 2021. The biggest question remains which Baffert runner is the best?

The answer looked to be pretty clear following Life Is Good’s romping score in the San Felipe Stakes (G2). But it took only one week for the question to be raised once more after Concert Tour cruised home in the Rebel (G2) without reaching first gear.

[RELATED – No. 1 in NTRA poll: Life Is Good or Concert Tour?]

Life Is Good might be faster. Concert Tour might have more stamina. Time will tell which factor proves to be more important on the first Saturday in May.

These dominant recent scores have moved Life Is Good and Concert Tour up to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in HRN’s Kentucky Derby rankings. They are still chasing the more accomplished Essential Quality for the top spot. Life Is Good is the 7-2 favorite in Nevada’s futures for the Derby with Essential Quality and Concert Tour carrying best prices of 6-1.

Fountain of Youth winner Greatest Honour and Risen Star winner Mandaloun make up the next tier of legitimate Derby contenders and round out this week’s top five.

The most disappointing Derby contender last week was Caddo River. The Smarty Jones Stakes winner had won his previous two route tries by more than 19 combined lengths prior to his fifth-place finish in the Rebel Stakes. Concert Tour took the lead from Caddo River, and the Brad Cox trainee simply was not the same horse when pulled back. With plenty of other quality speed horses signed up for this year’s Derby, this colt could be in trouble if he cannot learn how to rate.

Mandaloun, Proxy and Midnight Bourbon, who have developed a bit of an early rivalry, are set to square off for a third time at Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Derby (G2). All three are on track to make the Kentucky Derby and will have an opportunity to prove they are among the elite of the division on Saturday.

The contender rankings are generated by user and staff ratings for top active 3-year-olds. If the list is missing a horse you are watching, you may add that horse, rate it and watch it climb the ladder. Click here for more on HRN’s power rankings and voting.

Below is a screen shot of the top 25 3-year-olds in America. Click here to see the complete rankings list of horses.

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