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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.

 

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

Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders: Year-End Rankings

The freshmen are all grown up but let’s update my Kentucky Derby 2015 contenders list one last time this year before they turn three.

Kentucky Derby 2015 logo

Graded Recaps

G1 Los Alamitos Futurity (91 BSF): In a thrilling three-horse photo finish, Dortmund bested Mr. Z and Firing Line. Dortmund covered the most ground to remain undefeated. Mr. Z sure likes to land the place in the graded ranks. Firing Line was well clear of the rest.

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

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

Comments: Enjoying 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 :49.95 (24/45) at Palm Meadows on Dec 24.

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. He is expected to resurface in February.

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: 3f in :38.60 (5/6) at Gulfstream Park West on Dec 23.

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 :48.55 (20/119) at Belmont (dirt training) on Dec 28.

Last Start: 1st in G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Snuck away early in the Remsen and was all out to hold on. I stand by my November comment that he is fast but might have distance limitations.

Derby Points (11)

  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 1:04 (15/15) at Palm Meadows on Dec 27.

Last Start: 4th in G2 Ky Jockey Club at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Still searching for his best footing. He needs to kick it up a notch on dirt.

Derby Points (11)

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

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Latest Published Workout: 4f in 51:40 (46/55) at Santa Anita on Dec 20.

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. I like his pedigree moving forward but note that the pace fell apart in the Juvenile and the top four finishers rallied from 11th, 10th, 8th, and 7th.

Derby Points (12)

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

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

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.

Last Start: 1st in G1 Los Alamitos Fururity.

Comments: 3-for-3 including a game victory in the G1 Los Al Futurity.

Derby Points (10)

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

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

Last Start: 11th and last 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. Enjoying some R & R at Winstar Farm.

Derby Points (10)

Honorable Mention: (12) Upstart, (13) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (14) Calculator, (15) Lord Nelson, (16) Mr. Z, (17) Eagle, (18) Leave the Light On, (19) Startup Nation, (20) Firing Line

Injured Reserve

Competitive Edge – Hairline fracture (9-17-14). Back in Pletcher barn at Palm Meadows.

Hashtag Bourbon – Ankle chip (left front). Could show up at Oaklawn Park in 2015.

Mr. Jordan – Ligament injury has him sidelined indefinitely.

Om – Hock injury. Out for rest of 2014.

Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders: Carpe Diem New Number One

This is my December 2014 update and fourth in a series of blogs devoted to Kentucky Derby 2015 contenders. Once again, I am got an early start in September, and there will be many twists and turns in the weeks and months ahead.

Kentucky Derby 2015 logo

You will notice a few changes to the list. International Star is no longer the top dog. He drops to 7th after an even 4th in the Ky Jockey Club Stakes. Carpe Diem is the new Number 1.

Frosted is the big upward mover, going from 7th to 2nd after landing the place in the Remsen.

Chief Istan has been inactive since breaking his maiden at Delaware on Sept 3 and has been replaced by Dortmund.

Lord Nelson is 2-for-2 sprinting and 0-for-2 around two turns. His replacement is Imperia.

Graded Recaps

G2 Remsen (90 BSF): Leave the Light On (Chad Brown) rode the inside speed bias to victory over unlucky favorite Frosted. The latter broke from the outside post and was wide throughout in a fine effort. It was another 8 lengths back to show finisher Keen Ice.

G2 Kentucky Jockey Club (94): El Kabeir established the early lead and had just enough left in the tank to hold off Imperia. The latter was making his dirt debut for McLaughlin-Godolphin and seems to want more ground. Eagle, International Star, and Lord Nelson rounded out the top five finishers.

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

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

Comments: Enjoying 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 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. He is expected to resurface next February.

Derby Points (10)

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

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

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

Last Start: 1st in G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Snuck away early in the Remsen and was all out to hold on. I stand by my November comment that he is fast but might have distance limitations.

Derby Points (11)

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

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Last Start: 4th in G2 Ky Jockey Club at Churchill on Nov 29.

Comments: Still searching for his best footing. He needs to kick it up on dirt in the near future.

Derby Points (11)

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

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

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. I like his pedigree moving forward but note that the pace sort of fell apart in the Juvenile and the top four finishers rallied from 11th, 10th, 8th, and 7th.

Derby Points (12)

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

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

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

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

Last Start: 11th and last 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. Enjoying some R & R at Winstar Farm.

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: 5f in 1:00.80 (7/19) at Santa Anita on Dec 9.

Comments: 2-for-2 including a visually impressive optional claiming victory at Churchill Downs (8f, 97 BSF) on Nov 29. The G1 Los Al Futurity might be next.

Honorable Mention: (12) Upstart, (13) Ocho Ocho Ocho, (14) Calculator, (15) Lord Nelson, (16) Mr. Jordan, (17) Eagle, (18) Leave the Light On, (19) Startup Nation, (20) Chief Istan

Injured Reserve

Competitive Edge – Hairline fracture (9-17-14). Out for rest of 2014. Back in Pletcher barn at Palm Meadows.

Hashtag Bourbon – Ankle chip (left front). Could show up at Oaklawn Park in 2015.

Om – Hock injury. Out for rest of 2014.

 

 

 

Kentucky Derby 2015 Contenders: Delta Jackpot Video Preview

This is my November 2014 update and third in a series of blogs devoted to Kentucky Derby 2015 contenders. Once again, I got an early start in September, and there will be many twists and turns in the weeks and months ahead.

The early Derby 2015 prep of the week is the $1 Million Delta Jackpot and the morning line favorite is Mr. Z. The D. Wayne Lukas charge attended the pace before fading to 5th in the BC Juvenile last time.

Local Jackpot hopeful Golden Actor exits an easy win in the $200k Jean Lafitte. He is versatile and a strong race over the Delta oval is frequently a good angle.

Undefeated SoCal shipper Ocho Ocho Ocho might be the one to catch under Mike Smith.

Other Jackpot runners to keep an eye on are Jerry Hollendorfer’s Prime Engine, the speedy Conquest Tsunami, and 5-time SoCal winner Wake Up Nick.

Let’s rewind to the BC Juvenile. Texas Red ran out of his mind in a race that fell apart from a pace standpoint. He earned a 104 BSF in a facile score over Carpe Diem. I am not sure how strong the BC Juvenile was from top to bottom but I have always liked runner-up Carpe Diem. Texas Red still has to prove that he is for real and must overcome the Juvenile jinx.

Startup Nation drops off my list after back-to-back disappointing efforts. He is replaced by Texas Red.

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

Trainer: Michael Maker – Owner: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

Last Start: 9th in G1 BC Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Oct 31.

Latest Published Workout: 4f in :48.40 (2/33) at Churchill (dirt training) on Nov 16.

Comments: Finished a better than appears 9th of 12 (BC Juvenile Turf) in a race dominated by early runners after racing wide throughout from post 12 and getting bumped in the stretch. I would like to see him switch to dirt and try the Ky Jockey Club Stakes.

Derby Points (10)

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

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

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

Comments: Strange journey in the BC Juvenile. Looked to be running in spots and going nowhere but he found his sea legs (wide) in the lane and got up for the place.

Derby Points (14)

  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 will skip the Remsen and ship to 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

Comments: Foot bruise knocked him out of the G1 BC Juvenile. He is expected to resurface next February.

Derby Points (10)

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

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

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 Songel kabeir)

Trainer: John Terranova II – Owner: Zayat Stables

Last Start: 2nd in G2 Nashua at Aqueduct on Nov 2. He is fast but might have distance limitations.

Comments: Set the pace and was clearly second best in the Nashua.

Derby Points (1)

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

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin – Owner: Godolphin Racing

Last Start: 1st by 5+ lengths at Aqueduct (MSW, 8f) on Oct 30.

Latest Workout: 4f bullet in :47.75 (1/55) at Belmont (dirt training) on Nov 15.

Comments: Followed up back-to-back place finishes with a smart flat mile graduation run at the Big A on Oct 30. The Remsen might be next.

  1. LORD NELSON (Pulpit – African Jade, by Seeking the Gold) lord nelson silks

Trainer: Bob Baffert – Owner: Peachtree Stable

Last Start: 1st by 6+ lengths in 6f Speakeasy at Santa Anita on Oct 13.

Latest Workout: 6f in 1:11.60 (2/17) at Santa Anita on Nov 12.

Comments: Ran away from his overmatched foes in the Speakeasy Stakes. He should stretch back out in the near future.

Derby Points (1)

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

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

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. I like his pedigree moving forward but note that the pace fell apart in the Juvenile and the top four finishers rallied from 11th, 10th, 8th, and 7th.

Derby Points (12)

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

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

Last Start: 11th and last in G1 BC Juvenile.

Comments: Went back-to-back at Belmont on wet tracks including G1 Champagne. Was hung out to dry (wide throughout from outer post) in BC Juvenile and retreated to last in a throw out effort.

Derby Points (10)

  1. CHIEF ISTAN (Istan – My Indian, by Indian Charlie) chief istan silks

Trainer: Larry Jones – Owner: Brereton C. Jones

Latest Published Workout: 5f bullet in :59.40 (1/20) at Keeneland on Oct 6.

Comments: Shook off pace foe and drew off in romping DelPark debut Sept 3. Multiple graded winning sire Istan is responsible for ’14 graded stakes winners Istanford and Albano. Dam sire Indian Charlie won his first four starts including the G1 SA Derby and his show finish in the ‘98 G1 Kentucky Derby was his career finale.

Honorable Mention: (12) Calculator, (13) I Spent It, (14) Upstart, (15) Iron Fist, (16) Bayerd, (17) Pride of Stride, (18) Wild Zambezi, (19) Today’s Agenda, (20) Bustin It

Injured Reserve

Competitive Edge – Hairline fracture (9-17-14). Out for rest of 2014.

Hashtag Bourbon – Ankle chip (left front). Could show up at Oaklawn Park in 2015.

Om – Hock injury. Out for rest of 2014.