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.

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