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.

 

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