No horse in the Kentucky Derby field has delivered performances this spring more eye-catching than Revolutionary.

Revolutionary started his 3-year-old campaign in the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, against a field he figured to dominate, but found himself trapped near the rail on the turn and in the stretch. Jockey Javier Castellano had no running room until he was near the wire, but when he found space Revolutionary accelerated explosively and got up to win by a neck:




Trainer Todd Pletcher sent Revolutionary to the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. The colt broke last in the 14-horse field, launched a powerful six-wide move on the turn and prevailed in a stretch duel:




Revolutionary made these impressive moves against rivals whose credentials were not so impressive. In the Withers, he finished a neck in front of Escapefromreality, who had won nothing more than a maiden race. In the Louisiana Derby, he fought hard to edge out Mylute, who is winless in six stakes races. So is Revolutionary really as good as he looks on film? That’s a question that handicappers will have to decide.