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Beyond the Crown – Trinniberg, The Lumber Guy join list

My top ten active sophomores were busy during the 2-day Breeders’ Cup on Nov 2-3 and Unbridled’s Note produced the best effort with a runner-up finish in the BC Turf Sprint.

Trinniberg and The Lumber Guy join my list after finishing 1-2 in the BC Sprint. To make space for them, I dropped BC Dirt Mile also-ran Fed Biz and Summer Front.

Alpha loses the top spot after back-to-back poor showings in the PA Derby and BC Classic.

Neck ‘n Neck is my new number one after a pair of sharp wins in the Indiana Derby and Ack Ack.

Jarrod Horak’s Top Ten Active 3-Year-olds

Neck 'n Neck

Neck ‘n Neck is expected to make his next start in the G1 Clark ‘Cap at CD on Nov 23 – photo by Eclipse Sportswire

1. Neck ‘n Neck (Flower Alley) – Exits back-to-back wins in G2 Indiana Derby (95 BSF) and G3 Ack Ack (98 BSF). He loves Churchill Downs and is a logical threat in the upcoming G1 Clark ‘Cap.

2. Paynter (Awesome Again) – Gave Union Rags a run for his money in the Test of Champions and looked great capturing his first graded stakes in the Haskell. Hopefully his well-documented health issues are behind him and he may return next year if all is well.

3. Bourbon Courage – He put together a trio of strong efforts in the G2 West Va. Derby (2nd), G2 Super Derby (1st), and G2 Indiana Derby (2nd). The aforementioned Clark is probably next.

4. Unbridled’s Note (Unbridled’s Song) – G3 Eddie D (92 BSF) winner gamely landed the place in the G1 BC Turf Sprint. Asmussen’s late blooming sprinter handles turf and dirt.

5. Nonios (Pleasantly Perfect) – Haskell place finisher was also second best in the G1 Awesome Again at SA on 9-29.  He ended up a respectable 6th of 12 in the BC Classic.

6. Dullahan (Even The Score) – Ran his Polytrack record to a perfect 3-for-3 in the Pacific Classic but never picked up his feet in his last two G1 turf starts (Jamaica, BC Turf).

7. Alpha (Bernardini) – Jim Dandy/Travers hero tailed off badly in last pair (PA Derby, BC Classic). He clearly does his best work in NY and his long campaign has seemingly caught up with him.

8. Trinniberg (Teuflesberg) – 7f specialist jumped up and won the BC Sprint (108 BSF) at almost 14-1, beating fellow 3yo The Lumber Guy. The fleet colt is based at Calder and will probably show up at the Gulf this winter.

9. The Lumber Guy – G1 Vosburgh winner proved that effort vs. older was no fluke with a game place finish in the BC Sprint. He is supposed to hang around in SoCal and compete in the G1 Malibu at SA on opening day (12-26).

10. Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) – Mandella’s $900k purchase rallied for the show vs. salty older sprinters in G1 SA Sprint Championship on 10-6. I knew he lost the BC Sprint after the draw (finished 9th from post 2) and he is probably a major player in the 7f Malibu if he goes there as expected.

Wood Memorial 2012 Recap: Gemologist Edges Alpha

Gemologist and Alpha punched their Kentucky Derby 2012 tickets after running 1-2 in an exciting edition of the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday.

G1 Wood Memorial (4-7-12): 98 BSF (Gemologist)

Gemologist Alpha Kentucky Derby 2012

Gemologist is undefeated heading into Ky Derby - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

The Lumber Guy was the headstrong early leader through splits of :23.04, :47.57, and 1:22.54. My Adonis tracked in 2nd, followed by Gemologist on the outside and Alpha along the rail.

The Lumber Guy was getting pressure from My Adonis and Gemologist with three furlongs to go. Gemologist put away his two pace foes but had to deal with a fresh challenge from Alpha. The stage was set for a thrilling finish and Gemologist stuck his neck out on the line with Alpha three clear of rallying show finisher Teeth of the Dog.

Tiger Walk finished 4th and was followed by The Lumber Guy, Street Life, My Adonis, and Casual Trick (more breathing problems).

Gemologist stopped the clock in 1:50.96 and paid $4.40 to win under Javier Castellano. Todd Pletcher’s undefeated colt will return to Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida to prepare for the Kentucky Derby.

Gemologist fans should be pleased. He showed he could stalk and pounce and turned back talented colt Alpha in a determined effort. He is 2-for-2 at Churchill Downs and could end up the Derby favorite, depending on what happens with Hansen in the G1 Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 14.

Alpha did everything but win under Ramon Dominguez. He was on good gate behavior once again and proved he could take dirt in the face after racing along the rail. The McLaughlin/Godolphin colt finished up nicely and his numbers are on the rise.

This was a solid Derby prep from start to finish.

Wood Memorial Grade: A- (91 out of 100)

Wood Memorial 2012 Preview – Will Gemologist remain unbeaten?

Saturday’s Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct is worth a cool $1 million and provides New York sophomores a final chance to qualify for Kentucky Derby 2012 on graded earnings.

#6 Gemologist (8-5) is 4-for-4 and needs a top two finish to make the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. The sharp early-pressing type exits a romping tally over G3 Illinois Derby favorite Currency Swap in his Gulfstream return and tries to avoid a bounce while returning in three weeks.

#3 MY ADONIS (8-1) might be a cut below but he looks like the value play in this spot. The Kelly Breen trainee should sit a decent tactical journey and his numbers are on the rise. He gets away from Hansen after finishing behind the juvenile champ in the G3 Holy Bull and G3 Gotham.

Alpha horse

Alpha shoots for 3rd straight win on Saturday - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

#1 Alpha (5-2) enters fresh and projects a ground saving tactical trip for the productive Dominguez/McLaughlin team. He was my original top ranked Derby contender when I began my list last September and I like the progress he is making this season.

#7 Tiger Walk (15-1) deserves a longshot look. He finished a solid 3rd in the G3 Withers and was hung out to dry from post 13 in G3 Gotham (missed 3rd by head).  His stablemate Millionreasonswhy is a strong contender in the G3 Comely earlier on the Big A program.

#5 Street Life (4-1) showed a nice late kick on the inner dirt in his last pair despite not getting much pace help. The son of Street Sense is on the upswing and will be finishing.

#8 The Lumber Guy (8-1) easily captured a pair of sprints to begin his career and looms a pace player at the very least. He will probably find this company and distance a bit beyond his scope at this stage.

#2 Casual Trick (20-1) is trying to rediscover his GP Derby form for Zito. He reportedly flipped his palate in his last pair and had surgery to correct the breathing problem.

#4 Teeth of the Dog (15-1) is getting better for Matz but this is a tough spot for a horse exiting a head maiden victory.


$20 to win #3

$2 Exacta Box 1-3 ($4)

$4 Exacta 1-3/6-7  ($16)