It's that time already... http://www.drf.com/eclipse/2004/pps/2c.pdf Here are some of the major contenders you'll be hearing a lot about before the first Saturday in May, grouped by the route they're expected to take. California: Declan's Moon The likely Eclipse Award for 2 year old colts and winner of the G1 Hollywood Futurity, Declan's Moon is 4 for 4 with a best Beyer of 107. Ron Ellis has him headed to the Santa Catalina (G2, 1 1/16 miles), then the Santa Anita Derby in April. Sweet Catomine I know, I know, she's a filly. But a 102 Beyer makes you a contender, and the obvious choice for the juvenile filly Eclipse has started her 3 yr old campaign with a bang in the G3 Santa Ysabel. Also consider Bob Baffert's Roman Ruler (106 best Beyer) and NorCal speedster Lost in the Fog, who has the best 2004 Beyer (109) for this class. I can't bear to include Wilko-- despite the Breeders Cup Juvenile, he simply doesn't have the resume. *** Arkansas: Afleet Alex A lot of air went out of this balloon after Wilko overtook him in the last strides of the BC Juvenile, but he had pretty rough trip, going off slowly and getting bumped as well. The worry is that they started this colt too quickly-- not too many Derby winners debuted so early in their 2 year old season Rockport Harbor This is no Smarty Jones that John Servis is running out, but the wire to wire win in the Remsen showed tons of guts, as this rabbit dueled the whole stretch with Galloping Grocer, sustaining a gash in his hoof. How he deals with the layoff will be one of the big storylines of the Oaklawn meet. *** Florida/New York Fusaichi Samurai Is there a maiden winner with more buzz than the Samurai? He scored by 12 lengths first out, which his Derby winning sire (Fusaichi Pegasus) couldn't, and the $4.5M colt will likely follow the same Florida-Wood Memorial trail as his sire, guided by Neil Drysdale. High Fly The Bill White trainee had his first picture taken in 2005 in the Aventura under a hand ride, beating highly regarded Deputy Indy. With Atticus in his pedigree, this one should have the stamina. Galloping Grocer The runner-up in the Remsen turned in a nice 4f work in 47 2/5 at Belmont recently, but no word yet when he returns to action. The concern here is that he's only faced statebreds so far, but the 102 Beyer still stands out. *** Louisiana: Storm Surge The LeComte field turned into a disappointment when Biloxi Palace scratched, and I'm still not convinced this guy's a router yet, but Dallas Stewart sees him as a Derby horse. *** So who am I missing? Who are you touting for the Roses?