KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: Daredevil returns in Swale Stakes

Last year’s Grade 1 Champagne hero Daredevil begins his road to Kentucky Derby 2015 in Saturday’s Grade 2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

International Star

International Star is the current Derby points leader with 71 – photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Daredevil won his first two wet track starts at Belmont Park before racing wide and finishing up the track from an outside post in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He must overcome the inside post off a layoff in the Swale and has bigger fish to fry. He is firing bullets for quality layoff trainer Todd Pletcher and gets pace to chase in the paper race.

Souper Colossal has a nose for the wire (4-for-5) and might have a fitness edge in the Swale following a solid win in the Texas Glitter (5f turf sprint) Feb 7. He showed rating ability in his last and is a logical alternative to morning line favorite Daredevil.

Daredevil and Souper Colossal have both been part of my “Exceptional Eleven” Derby list for quite some time. The Swale is not a Kentucky Derby points race so both will get one upcoming shot at making the gate on the first Saturday in May, if they perform well on Saturday.

Graded Recaps

G2 Fountain of Youth (95 BSF): No doubt the ugliest Derby prep of the season from a visual standpoint. Upstart staggered, bobbed, and weaved across the line 2-3/4ths clear of Itsaknockout. Hold all tickets! Upstart was dq’d and placed 2nd for cutting off Itsaknockout. Frammento snuck past Frosted in the late stages to garner the show. The latter seemed to have this one in the bag turning for home but lost his action in the lane in a very odd race to say the least.

G2 Risen Star (93 BSF): In the best looking Derby prep of the week, International Star somehow found the rail (excellent ride by Mena) from the outside post and replayed his Lecomte score over War Story. Keen Ice was up to finish a non-threatening 3rd. Post time favorite Imperia finished a flat 5th and might be better on turf.

G3 Southwest (91 BSF): Far Right splashed home along the rail from off the pace, defeating longshot The Truth Or Else by 3/4ths of a length with perennial bridesmaid Mr. Z another nose back in 3rd. This was a virtual replay of the Smarty Jones except Mr. Z kept a straighter course.

Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders

  1. CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) carpe diem silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in 1:01.21 (1/5) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 21.

Last Start: 2nd in G1 BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov 1.

Comments: He is targeting the Tampa Bay Derby on March 7.

Derby Points (14)

  1. DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) dortmund silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Latest Published Workout: 7f in 1:25.60 (1/1) at Santa Anita on Feb 26.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Robert Lewis Stakes.

Comments: The undefeated colt will either run in the G2 San Felipe on March 7 or wait for the SA Derby on April 4. Baffert is reportedly pleased with his recent morning activity.

Derby Points (20)

  1. INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy) international star silks

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Last Start: 1st in G2 Risen Star.

Comments: Lecomte-Risen Star winner will probably return to Fair Grounds for the G2 LA Derby on March 28.

Derby Points (71)

  1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman) american pharoah silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 6f in 1:12.40 (2/31) at Santa Anita on Feb 21.

Last Start: 1st in the G1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept 27.

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. 2YO Champ returned to the work tab on Feb 2. The G2 Rebel at Oaklawn on March 14 is a likely return spot.

Derby Points (10)

  1. EL KABEIR (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) el kabeir silks

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.88 (3/35) at Belmont (dirt training track) on Feb 22.

Last Start: 2nd in G3 Withers at Aqueduct on Feb 7.

Comments: Won the pace battle but lost the war in the Withers. He never misses a dance and is expected to go next in the G3 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 7.

Derby Points (25)

  1. TEXAS RED (Afleet Alex – Ramatuelle, by Jeune Homme) texas red silks

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Last Start: Close 2nd in G2 San Vicente on Feb 1.

Comments: Using swimming therapy (through March 7) to help heal his foot abscess. It looks like one more Derby prep, probably the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4. If he needs an extra week, the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11 is the backup plan.

Derby Points (12)

  1. SOUPER COLOSSAL (War Front – Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo) souper colossal silks

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. – Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :50.20 (11/32) at Gulfstream Park West on Feb 21.

Last Start: 1st in Texas Glitter (5f turf) at GP on Feb 7.

Comments: Easy turf sprint return victory should set him up nicely for Saturday’s G2 Swale at 7f.

Derby Points (0)

  1. UPSTART (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold) upstart silks

Trainer: Richard Violette – Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Last Start: Disqualified from 1st and placed 2nd in G2 Fountain of Youth.

Comments: Crossed the line first in the FOY but did not look like the sharp Holy Bull winner.

Derby Points (36)

  1. FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) frosted silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Last Start: Fading 4th in G2 Fountain of Youth.

Comments: The runner-up in the Remsen & Holy Bull seemingly had the Fountain of Youth in the bag but spit the bit in the lane.

Derby Points (13)

  1. DAREDEVIL (More Than Ready – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) daredevil silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Latest Published Workout: 4f bullet in :48.20 (1/19) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 22.

Last Start: 11th in G1 BC Juvenile.

Comments: Was hung out to dry (wide throughout from outer post) in BC Juvenile and retreated to last in a throw out effort. He drew the rail for Saturday’s Swale.

Derby Points (10)

  1. OCEAN KNIGHT (Curlin – Ocean Goddess, by Stormy Atlantic) Ocean Knight

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:01.95 (10/26) at Palm Meadows on Feb 21.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Sam F. Davis.

Comments: Replaces stablemate Imperia on the list. The Gotham on March 7 might be next.

Derby Points (0)

Honorable Mention: (12) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (13) Lord Nelson, (14) Firing Line, (15) Khozan, (16) Mr. Z, (17) Far From Over, (18) Itsaknockout, (19) Far Right, (20) War Story, (21) Imperia, (22) The Great War, (23) Prospect Park, (24) The Truth Or Else, (25) Metaboss

KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: Fountain of Youth Preview

Frosted, currently ranked second on my Kentucky Derby 2015 contenders list, tries to turn the tables on Upstart in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

Imperia

Imperia returns in Saturday’s Risen Star – photo by Eclipse Sportswire

I thought Frosted ran well to finish 2nd in the Holy Bull considering how the race shaped up. There wasn’t much early interest and Frosted was stuck inside. Eventual  easy winner Upstart was perfectly perched on the outside of overmatched pace rivals and got first run. Frosted was clearly second best once clear.

Frosted adds blinkers on Saturday and might be sitting on a breakthrough race.

Jarrod Horak’s G2 Fountain of Youth analysis at HorseRacingNation.com.

In addition to the Fountain of Youth, Derby preps this week include Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds and the redrawn Southwest Stakes on Feb 22.

Mike Shutty’s G2 Risen Star analysis at HorseRacingNation.com

Graded Recaps

G3 El Camino Real Derby (85 BSF): Metaboss once again proved that nine furlongs was well within his grasp in a smart late running tally at Golden Gate on Feb 14. He needs to elevate his game on dirt if he wants to make the Derby starting gate. Or, he could head to Turfway Park and try to qualify in the all-weather Spiral Stakes. Cross the Line was 2nd and solid favorite Conquest Typhoon held the show.

Jarrod Horak’s G3 Southwest analysis at HorseRacingNation.com

Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders

  1. CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) carpe diem silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in :59.88 (1/5) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 14.

Last Start: 2nd in G1 BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov 1.

Comments: He is targeting the Tampa Bay Derby on March 7.

Derby Points (14)

  1. FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) frosted silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.75 (8/39) at Palm Meadows on Feb 15.

Last Start: 2nd from the inside post in G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan 24.

Comments: He followed up a fine 2nd in the Remsen with another solid runner-up effort in the Holy Bull. He will wear blinkers in The Fountain of Youth on Feb 21.

Derby Points (8)

  1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman) american pharoah silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:00.40 (10/65) at Santa Anita on Feb 15.

Last Start: 1st in the G1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept 27.

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. 2YO Champ returned to the work tab on Feb 2. The G2 Rebel at Oaklawn on March 14 is a possible return spot.

Derby Points (10)

  1. DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) dortmund silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :49 (19/34) at Santa Anita on Feb 19.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Robert Lewis Stakes.

Comments: The undefeated colt might not run again until the SA Derby on April 4. He is either a very good miler or a Silver Charm clone. Time will tell.

Derby Points (20)

  1. INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy) international star silks

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in 1:00.25 (1/39) at Gulfstream on Feb 14.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Lecomte.

Comments: Lecomte hero is entered in the G2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds on Feb 21.

Derby Points (21)

  1. EL KABEIR (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) el kabeir silks

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Last Start: 2nd in G3 Withers at Aqueduct on Feb 7.

Comments: Won the pace battle but lost the war in the Withers. He never misses a dance and is expected to go next in the G3 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 7.

Derby Points (25)

  1. SOUPER COLOSSAL (War Front – Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo) souper colossal silks

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. – Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Last Start: 1st in Texas Glitter (5f turf) at GP on Feb 7.

Comments: Easy turf sprint return victory should set him up nicely for the G2 Swale at 7f on Feb 28.

Derby Points (0)

  1. IMPERIA (Medaglia d’Oro – Cocoa Beach, by Doneraile Court) imperia silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.00 (5/44) at Palm Meadows on Feb 14.

Last Start: 2nd by a head in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Mike Smith is named to ride in the Risen Star.

Derby Points (4)

  1. UPSTART (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold) upstart silks

Trainer: Richard Violette – Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:00.60 (9/29) at Palm Meadows on Feb 14.

Last Start: 1st in G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan 24.

Comments: Fountain of Youth favorite sat a great outside tactical trip and got the jump on Frosted in the Holy Bull.

Derby Points (16)

  1. TEXAS RED (Afleet Alex – Ramatuelle, by Jeune Homme) texas red silks

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Last Start: Close 2nd in G2 San Vicente on Feb 1.

Comments: Using Aqua Tread therapy to help his ailing foot abscess. It looks like one more Derby prep, probably the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 if he gets healthy in a hurry, or the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11.

Derby Points (12)

  1. DAREDEVIL daredevil silks(More Than Ready – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner)

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in 1:00.00 (1/9) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 15.

Last Start: 11th in G1 BC Juvenile.

Comments: Was hung out to dry (wide throughout from outer post) in BC Juvenile and retreated to last in a throw out effort. He is expected to begin his sophomore campaign in the G2 Swale.

Derby Points (10)

Honorable Mention: (12) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (13) Lord Nelson, (14) Ocean Knight, (15) Firing Line, (16) Mr. Z, (17) Far From Over, (18) Far Right, (19) Khozan, (20) Competitive Edge, (21) Hillbilly Royalty, (22) The Great War, (23) J S Bach, (24) Nasa, (25) Prospect Park

Injured Reserve

Barbados – Minor knee surgery has him sidelined until May.

Calculator – Emerged from Jan 31 work with an injury and is out for 6 months.

Eagle – Knee injury knocked him out of consideration for the Risen Star.

Leave the Light On – Remsen winner is off the Derby trail with an ankle injury.

Mawthooq – Tendon injury knocked him off the Triple Crown trail.

KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: Dortmund wins again

Los Alamitos Futurity 1-2 finishers Dortmund and Firing Line put on another show in the Robert Lewis Stakes and both look like viable Kentucky Derby 2015 threats.

Dortmund, Firing Line

Dortmund beats Firing Line again – photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Firing Line appeared to be on his way to victory but Dortmund came back along the inside and would not be denied.

Derby preps this week include the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb 14, and Oaklawn’s Southwest Stakes on Feb 16.

Graded Recaps

G3 Withers (96 BSF): El Kabeir was forced to go after Classy Class early and it cost him dearly in the lane. Far From Over overcame a stumbling start and blew past the aforementioned pacesetters in an outstanding effort. We will learn much more when they face each other again in the Gotham.

G3 Robert Lewis (103 BSF): Dortmund nipped Firing Line in the final jump in the Los Al Futurity, and he came back on his rival in the Robert Lewis Stakes. The undefeated winner is classy and battle tested. Firing Line was unlucky at Los Al but let this one get away from him.

Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders

  1. CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) carpe diem silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in :59.42 (1/7) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 7.

Last Start: 2nd in G1 BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov 1.

Comments: He is targeting the Tampa Bay Derby on March 7.

Derby Points (14)

  1. FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) frosted silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 4f bullet in :47.55 (1/73) at Palm Meadows on Feb 8.

Last Start: 2nd from the inside post in G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan 24.

Comments: He followed up a fine 2nd in the Remsen with another solid runner-up effort in the Holy Bull. The Fountain of Youth is next.

Derby Points (8)

  1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman) american pharoah silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 3f in :36.40 (4/12) at Santa Anita on Feb 9.

Last Start: 1st in the G1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept 27.

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. 2YO Champ returned to the work tab on Feb 2. The G2 Rebel at Oaklawn on March 14 is a likely return spot.

Derby Points (10)

  1. DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) dortmund silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Robert Lewis Stakes.

Comments: The undefeated colt might not run again until the SA Derby on April 4. He is either a very good miler or a Silver Charm clone. Time will tell.

Derby Points (20)

  1. INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy) international star silks

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:01.56 (12/35) at Gulfstream on Feb 7.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Lecomte.

Comments: Lecomte hero will return to Fair Grounds for the G2 Risen Star on Feb 21.

Derby Points (21)

  1. EL KABEIR (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) el kabeir silks

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Last Start: 2nd in G3 Withers at Aqueduct on Feb 7.

Comments: Won the pace battle but lost the war in the Withers. He never misses a dance and is expected to go next in the G3 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 7.

Derby Points (25)

  1. SOUPER COLOSSAL (War Front – Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo) souper colossal silks

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. – Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Last Start: 1st in Texas Glitter (5f turf) at GP on Feb 7.

Comments: Easy turf sprint return victory should set him up nicely for the G2 Swale at 7f on Feb 28.

Derby Points (0)

  1. IMPERIA (Medaglia d’Oro – Cocoa Beach, by Doneraile Court) imperia silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:02.45 (34/48) at Palm Meadows on Feb 8.

Last Start: 2nd by a head in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Mike Smith is scheduled to ride in the Risen Star.

Derby Points (4)

  1. UPSTART (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold) upstart silks

Trainer: Richard Violette – Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :49.45 (4/20) at Palm Meadows on Feb 4.

Last Start: 1st in G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan 24.

Comments: Sat a great outside tactical trip and got the jump on Frosted in the Holy Bull.

Derby Points (16)

  1. TEXAS RED (Afleet Alex – Ramatuelle, by Jeune Homme) texas red silks

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Last Start: Close 2nd in G2 San Vicente on Feb 1.

Comments: No longer targeting the Risen Star after suffering a foot abscess. It looks like one more Derby prep, probably the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 if he gets healthy in a hurry, or the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 11.

Derby Points (12)

  1. DAREDEVIL(More Than Ready – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) daredevil silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in :59.64 (1/10) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 8.

Last Start: 11th in G1 BC Juvenile.

Comments: Was hung out to dry (wide throughout from outer post) in BC Juvenile and retreated to last in a throw out effort. He is expected to begin his sophomore campaign in the G2 Swale.

Derby Points (10)

Honorable Mention:  (12) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (13) Lord Nelson, (14) Ocean Knight, (15) Firing Line, (16) Mr. Z, (17) J S Bach, (18) Far From Over, (19) Nasa, (20) Competitive Edge, (21) Hashtag Bourbon, (22) The Great War, (23) Far Right, (24) Khozan, (25) Prospect Park

Injured Reserve

Barbados – Minor knee surgery has him sidelined until May.

Calculator – Emerged from Jan 31 work with an injury and is out for 6 months.

Leave the Light On – Remsen winner is off the Derby trail with an ankle injury.

Mawthooq – Tendon injury knocked him off the Triple Crown trail.

 

KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: Lord Nelson nips Texas Red

KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: Lord Nelson nips Texas Red

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red began his Kentucky Derby 2015 journey in the San Vicente at Santa Anita on Feb 2 and was rudely greeted in deep stretch by Lord Nelson.

Upstart

Holy Bull hero Upstart joins the Exceptional Eleven – photo by Eclipse Sportswire

The San Vicente was an extended sprint and nothing more than a starting point for Texas Red. He is expected to go next in the G2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds on Feb 21.

Three of my exceptional eleven Derby contenders are in action on Saturday, Feb 7. El Kabeir is the overwhelming favorite in the G3 Withers at the Big A, Dortmund is the choice in the G3 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, and Souper Colossal goes in the Texas Glitter at Gulfstream.

Highly regarded, undefeated Blofeld has not had a published workout this year and drops off the list. Holy Bull hero Upstart is his replacement.

Graded Recaps

G2 Holy Bull (105 BSF): The fractions were tepid and Upstart sat a perfect outside tactical trip and got the jump on Frosted en route to an easy victory. Frosted was stuck inside for much of the race and was clearly second best.

Sam F. Davis (93 BSF): Ocean Knight ran his record to 2-for-2 in a neck victory over stubborn rival Divining Rod and it was five lengths back to show finisher My Johnny Be Good. We will learn more about these when they face saltier foes in the near future.

96 Rock (93 BSF): BC Juvenile 4th place finisher The Great War was much the best as the heavy favorite in this Polytrack sprint at Turfway.

G2 San Vicente (91 BSF): Lord Nelson edged BC Juvenile hero Texas Red in this extended sprint with no Derby points attached. Lord Nelson is now 3-for-3 around one turn and Texas Red was using this race as a prep for the G2 Risen Star.

Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders

  1. CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) carpe diem silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.41 (3/14) at Palm Beach Downs on Jan 31.

Last Start: 2nd in G1 BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov 1.

Comments: Back in Pletcher’s barn after some R & R at Winstar Farm.

Derby Points (14)

  1. FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister)  frosted silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Last Start: 2nd from the inside post in G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan 24.

Comments: He followed up a fine 2nd in the Remsen with another solid runner-up effort in the Holy Bull.

Derby Points (8)

  1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman) american pharoah silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 3f in :36.20 (5/22) at Santa Anita on Feb 2.

Last Start: 1st in the G1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept 27.

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. 2YO Champ returned to the work tab on Feb 2.

Derby Points (10)

  1. EL KABEIR (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) el kabeir silks

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:01.14 (8/13) at Belmont (dirt training) on Jan 30.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Jerome (95 BSF) at Aqueduct on Jan 3.

Comments: Back-to-back graded wins in G2 Ky Jockey Club and G3 Jerome.

Derby Points (21)

  1. SOUPER COLOSSAL (War Front – Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo) souper colossal silks

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. – Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Latest Published Workout: 4f bullet in :48.60 (1/15) at Gulfstream Park West on Jan 30.

Last Start: 7th in G1 BC Juvenile on Nov 1.

Comments: His first 2015 target is the $75k Texas Glitter (5f turf) at Gulfstream on Feb 7, possibly followed by the G2 Swale at 7f on Feb 28.

  1. TEXAS RED (Afleet Alex – Ramatuelle, by Jeune Homme) texas red silks

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Last Start: Close 2nd in G2 San Vicente on Feb 1.

Comments: The Risen Star is next, followed by the Santa Anita Derby.

Derby Points (12)

  1. INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy) international star silks

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Last Start: 1st in G3 Lecomte.

Comments: Lecomte hero might return to Fair Grounds for Risen Star.

Derby Points (21)

  1. IMPERIA (Medaglia d’Oro – Cocoa Beach, by Doneraile Court) imperia silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 5f in 1:01.60 (11/29) at Palm Meadows on Jan 31.

Last Start: 2nd by a head in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Mike Smith is scheduled to ride in the Risen Star.

Derby Points (4)

  1. DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) dortmund silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :47.60 (3/28) at Santa Anita on Feb 3.

Last Start: 1st in G1 Los Alamitos Futurity.

Comments: The undefeated G1 Los Al Futurity hero is entered in the G3 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb 7.

Derby Points (10)

  1. DAREDEVIL(More Than Ready – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) daredevil silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.29 (6/19) at Palm Beach Downs on Feb 1.

Last Start: 11th in G1 BC Juvenile.

Comments: Was hung out to dry (wide throughout from outer post) in BC Juvenile and retreated to last in a throw out effort. He is back in Pletcher’s barn after some R & R at Winstar Farm.

Derby Points (10)

  1. UPSTART (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold) upstart silks

Trainer: Richard Violette – Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :49.45 (4/20) at Palm Meadows on Feb 4.

Last Start: 1st in G2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan 24.

Comments: Sat a great outside tactical trip and got the jump on Frosted in the Holy Bull.

Derby Points (16)

Honorable Mention: (12) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (13) Lord Nelson, (14) Ocean Knight, (15) Mr. Z, (16) Firing Line, (17) Blofeld, (18) J S Bach, (19) Nasa, (20) Competitive Edge, (21) Hashtag Bourbon, (22) The Great War, (23) Far Right, (24) Khozan, (25) Prospect Park

Injured Reserve

Barbados – Minor knee surgery has him sidelined until May.

Calculator – Emerged from Jan 31 work with an injury and is out for 6 months.

Leave the Light On – Remsen winner is off the Derby trail with an ankle injury.

Mawthooq – Tendon injury knocked him off the Triple Crown trail.

 

Holy Bull Stakes 2015: Frosted vs. Upstart (Video)

The 2015 Holy Bull Stakes drew a field of 10 including Remsen runner-up Frosted and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile show finisher Upstart.

holy bull 2015 entries

 

KENTUCKY DERBY 2015 Contenders: An International Horse Star

International Star has been one of my Kentucky Derby 2015 contenders since last September and it was gratifying to see him capture another graded race in the Lecomte.

Earlier this month, the 2015 Derby trail got off to a flying start with El Kabeir capturing the Grade 3 Jerome and Calculator overcoming a wide journey in the Grade 3 Sham.

Graded Recaps

G3 Jerome (95 BSF): El Kabeir sat a wide tracking trip from the outside post and was almost five lengths clear crossing the wire. Runner-up Nasa was almost eight lengths ahead of show finisher General Bellamy.

G3 Sham (97): Calculator was widest of all and much the best in his first career win. Runner-up stablemate Rock Shandy was well clear of the rest.

G3 Lecomte (89 BSF): International Star saved ground from the inside post and kicked away from War Story and Tiznow RJ. Highly regarded post time favorite Eagle could not overcome the outside post in a very disappointing 7th place finish.

Smarty Jones: In a bit of breaking news since they just ran this one a few minutes ago, Far Right made a sneak attack along the rail from off the pace (raced in traffic) under Mike Smith. Bayerd landed the place and Mr. Z invented a new way to lose. The latter was in control turning for home but could not keep a straight line and finished an erratic 3rd way out in the middle of the track. The final time for the one mile race was 1:38.43.

Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven” Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders

  1. CARPE DIEM (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) carpe diem silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Latest Published Workout: 3f in :37.40 (2/6) at Palm Beach Downs on Jan 17.

Last Start: 2nd in G1 BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov 1.

Comments: Back in Pletcher’s barn after some R & R at Winstar Farm.

Derby Points (14)

  1. FROSTED (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) frosted silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.10 (5/57) at Palm Meadows on Jan 17.

Last Start: 2nd from the outside post in G2 Remsen.

Comments: He almost certainly would have won the Remsen with a better post position.

Derby Points (4)

  1. BLOFELD (Quality Road – Storm Minstrel, by Storm Cat) blofeld silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Glencrest Farm

Last Start: 1st in G2 Nashua (8f, 93 BSF) at Aqueduct on Nov 2.

Comments: Blew past pacesetter El Kabeir to win G2 Nashua by five. He skipped the Remsen and will winter in Florida.

  1. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof The Nile – Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman) american pharoah silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Zayat Stables

Last Start: 1st in the G1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept 27.

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. Newly crowned Juvenile Champion is expected to resurface soon.

Derby Points (10)

  1. SOUPER COLOSSAL (War Front – Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo) souper colossal silks

Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr. – Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :49.80 (14/46) at Gulfstream Park West on Jan 17.

Last Start: 7th in G1 BC Juvenile on Nov 1.

Comments: Stumbled at the start and dueled 3-wide before slowly fading to 7th in the BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov 1.

  1. EL KABEIR (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) el kabeir

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :49.55 (38/115) at Belmont (dirt training) on Jan 18.

Last Start: 1st in G3 Jerome (95 BSF) at Aqueduct on Jan 3.

Comments: Back-to-back graded wins in G2 Ky Jockey Club and G3 Jerome.

Derby Points (21)

  1. INTERNATIONAL STAR (Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez, by French Deputy) international star silks

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Last Start: 1st in G3 Lecomte.

Comments: Lecomte hero might return to Fair Grounds for Risen Star.

Derby Points (21)

  1. TEXAS RED (Afleet Alex – Ramatuelle, by Jeune Homme) texas red silks

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Latest Published Workout: 6f in 1:14 (13/19) at Santa Anita on Jan 17.

Last Start: 1st in G1 BC Juvenile on Nov 1 (104 BSF).

Comments: Big, romping off the pace win in G1 BC Juvenile for Team Desormeaux. The San Vicente at Santa Anita on Feb 1 is next.

Derby Points (12)

  1. IMPERIA (Medaglia d’Oro – Cocoa Beach, by Doneraile Court) Imperia silks

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :49 (17/57) at Palm Meadows on Jan 17.

Last Start: 2nd by a head in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Handled dirt just fine under the Twin Spires on Thanksgiving weekend.

Derby Points (4)

  1. DORTMUND (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) Dortmund silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Latest Published Workout: 6f bullet in 1:12.20 (1/28) at Santa Anita on Jan 14.

Last Start: 1st in G1 Los Alamitos Futurity.

Comments: The undefeated G1 Los Al Futurity hero might start next in the G3 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb 7.

Derby Points (10)

  1. DAREDEVIL (More Than Ready – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) Daredevil silks

Trainer: Todd Pletcher – Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Latest Published Workout: 3f bullet in :36.53 (1/6) at Palm Beach Downs on Jan 17.

Last Start: 11th in G1 BC Juvenile.

Comments: Was hung out to dry (wide throughout from outer post) in BC Juvenile and retreated to last in a throw out effort. He is back in Pletcher’s barn after some R & R at Winstar Farm.

Derby Points (10)

Honorable Mention: (12) Upstart, (13) Calculator, (14) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (15) Lord Nelson, (16) Mr. Z, (17) Leave the Light On, (18) Firing Line, (19) Far Right, (20) J S Bach, (21) Nasa, (22) Competitive Edge, (23) Hashtag Bourbon

Keeneland January 2015 Sale Session 2 (Video)

I was in Lexington, Kentucky for open house week at the farms and got a chance to pop my head in during the 2015 January Horses of All Ages sale on Tuesday. Check out the Session 2 pictures and video highlights below:

Hip 627 Keeneland sale

Hip 627 Courtizanna (above) sold to Adena Springs for $165k.

Hip 628 Cove Keeneland sale

Hip 628 Cove (Mated to Lookin At Lucky) sold to Twin Hopes Farm for $150k.

Hip 669 Keeneland 2015 sale

Hip 669 Ghostzapper-Eyes Wide Open yearling filly (above) went for $215k.

Hip 702 Hatpin

Hip 702 Haptin (Mated to Bodemeister) brought $135k.

Hip 706 Heavenly Pride (mated to Union Rags). Reserve Not Attained ($285k).

Photos and video by Stacy Edwards

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