Grading the 2012 Kentucky Derby Preps: GP Derby

The ungraded, $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby was the first stakes route opportunity for Kentucky Derby 2012 contenders to square off and newly turned three-year-old Reveron got the best of highly regarded Nick Zito runner Casual Trick.

Gulfstream Park Derby (1-1-12) – 87 BSF (Reveron)

Reveron

Is Reveron a legit Ky Derby contender? - photo by Eclipse Sportwire

Early-pressing types from inner posts perform well in routes at the Gulf and Reveron took advantage of his inner draw and made his presence felt throughout in a game 1/2 length victory. I am not sure that the son of Songandaprayer is a serious Derby contender but he can do some damage in two turn stakes races in Florida this winter.

Casual Trick ran a nice race for Zito. He sat a decent tactical trip and gave the winner a scare while clearly second best. He was making his third lifetime start and first try around two turns on Sunday and should continue to develop. He is yet another hot Bernardini commodity, and he gets more stamina from dam sire Red Ransom. Interesting long range prospect.

{Check out the latest Kentucky Derby 2012 contenders workout report}.

King Kid appeared to have run along the rail but could not match strides with the top two in the stretch. He was best of the rest in 3rd and has plenty of upside with only two races under his belt. The son of Lemon Drop Kid, out of a Royal Academy mare, might have turf routes in his future. Dale Romans trains.

Gulfstream Park Derby Grade: c+

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Michael Rechne on January 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

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