Posted by horseracingnation inKentucky Derby 2013. Tagged:ArchwarriorBalance the BooksCapo BastoneDarwinDelhommeDemonicDens LegacyDistinctiv PassionFlashbackFortifyFrac DaddyGabriel CharlesGoldencentsGulfportHightailInto MischiefItsmyluckydayKentucky Derby 2013Know MoreLittle DistortedManandoMerit ManMicromanageNoble TuneNormandy InvasionOveranalyzePalace MalicePataky KidPower BrokerRevolutionaryRolling FogShanghai BobbySiete de OrosTitletown FiveTizracerUncapturedVerrazanoViolence horseVyjackWar Academy.
Goldencentscontinues to make inroads on theKentucky Derby 2013trail. He followed up a sharp wire job in the Delta Jackpot with a solid stalk and pounce victory in the one mile Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on January 6.
Goldencents wins 2013 Sham Stakes photo by Eclipse Sportswire
Bob Baffert traineeManandocarved out the Sham splits with Goldencents parked to his outside. Kevin Krigger pulled the trigger on Doug ONeills charge in the lane and he came home 1-1/2 lengths to the good, earning a rock solid 93 BSF.
Dens Legacysaved all the ground under Gomez and caught Manando for the place, giving Baffert a 2-3 finish.
Goldencents reminds me of Tapizar and figures to be effective up to a mile and a sixteenth. He has done everything asked of him and owns dangerous early-pressing speed. I will keep an open mind in regards to getting ten panels on the first Saturday in May, but at this point I have my doubts.
Vyjacknipped longshotSiete de Orosin the G2 Jerome at the Big A on 1-5. The big story here is sireInto Mischiefis responsible for Vyjack as well as Goldencents. No Derby points were rewarded in the Jerome and I doubt we saw a legit Derby contender but the race did earn a respectable 90 BSF.
Itsmyluckydayromped in the GP Derby on New Years Day. He garnered a 95 BSF but still must prove himself over a route of ground against tougher graded rivals. Ill reserve judgment on him for now.
Merit Mangot a disappointing 76 BSF in the Spectacular Bid, beating my 10thranked coltLittle Distorted. The latter broke slow off the shelf in his second lifetime start and grabbed show dough in an inconclusive effort. He has raw talent and deserves another chance.
Demonic(Bernardini) was a solid debut winner at Santa Anita on Jan 13. He ran seven panels in 1:22.89 and paid $4.00 to win. John Sadlers $400k purchase is definitely worth following.
Another unraced juvenile to watch isVerrazano. The Pletcher trainee was an easy debut winner at the Gulf on New Years Day and earned a 94 BSF. El Padrinos baby brother could be any kind. He breezed 4f in :49.45 (24/45) at Palm Meadows on 1-13.
Uncaptureddrops a few pegs after getting knocked out of the Sam Davis Stakes with a foot bruise. He needs to get healthy in a hurry.
Click on the names of each horse below (Top 5 contenders) to view their Horse Racing Nation profile page, which includes pedigree information, results, and video.
Jarrod Horaks Top Ten Kentucky Derby 2013 Contenders
Violence will probably make 3yo bow in Fountain of Youth Stakes photo by Eclipse Sportswire
1.Violence(Medaglia dOro) Ran his record to 3-for-3 in smart, professional stalk/pounce tally in the G1 CashCall Futurity (92 BSF). Two Derby preps are planned, beginning with the Fountain of Youth on Feb 23. Derby Points (10).
2.Frac Daddy(Scat Daddy) Followed up stellar maiden route win with a near miss in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. He breezed 5f in :59.89 (3/27) at Gulfstream Park on 1-12 and is possible for the Holy Bull Stakes. Derby Points (4).
3.Normandy Invasion(Tapit) Chad Browns $230k Keeneland sales grad owns a decent late kick and is definitely worth following. The Remsen runner-up breezed 4f in :49.33 (17/45) at Palm Meadows on 1-13 and might kick off his sophomore campaign in the G2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds on 2-23. Derby Points (4).
4.Overanalyze(Dixie Union) Pletchers versatile colt won his second graded race in the Remsen (99 BSF). He is expected to contest the Gotham and Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. He breezed 3f in :36.94 (4/15) at Palm Meadows on 1-13. Derby Points (10).
5.Goldencents(Into Mischief) Champagne runner-up went all the way in the G3 Delta Jackpot and scored again in the G3 Sham Stakes. Not sure how far he wants to run but ONeill is having fun with the speedy sort. Derby Points (24).
6. Balance the Books(Lemon Drop Kid) Won G2 With Anticipation and G3 Bourbon on turf last year. He rallied nicely to just miss the place in the BC Juvenile Turf and the Chad Brown trainee packs a nice late kick.
A foot bruised knocked Uncaptured out of the Sam Davis Stakes photo by Eclipse Sportswire
7. Uncaptured(Lion Heart) Mark Casses Ontario-bred ran his record to 6-for-7 in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. He is wintering at Palm Meadows and a foot bruise has knocked him out of the Sam Davis. Derby Points (10).
8. Revolutionary(War Pass) Finally put it all together in his fourth lifetime start, romping in a flat mile inner dirt MSW affair on Dec 28. The promising Pletcher/WinStar colt earned a 102 BSF and should show up in the stakes ranks next.
9. Noble Tune(Unbridleds Song) G3 Pilgrim winner finished a fine 2ndin the BC Juvenile Turf and appears to have a bright future for Chad Brown.
10. Little Distorted(Distorted Humor) Earned a 101 BSF in his winning Belmont bow Oct 28. He raced for new connections (Silverton Farm Darrin Miller) in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at the Gulf on Jan 1 and finished 3rdas the beaten favorite. Not sure what is next but I would like to see him try a route of ground.
Delhomme(Dixie Union) Set the pace and ended up a rock solid 3rdin a fast renewal of the Remsen. He will get a breather at WinStar Farm before returning to the Pletcher barn at Palm Meadows. Derby Points (2).
Distinctiv Passion(With Distinction) Ran Super Ninety Nine and company off their feet in an allowance sprint win at Santa Anita on 12-28. Not sure how far he wants to run but he sure is fast. Worked 5f in 1:00.60 (6/41) at Santa Anita on 1-13.
Flashback(Tapit) Bafferts $260k purchase lived up to the hype with a professional 7f debut win under Leparoux at BHP Dec 8. He worked 5f in 1:00.40 (9/53) at Santa Anita on 1-7.
Palace Malice(Curlin) The Saratoga maiden breaker is off the Injured Reserve list (bucked shins) and is currently back in Pletchers barn in Florida. He breezed 5f in 1:01.42 (12/21) at Palm Meadows on 1-13.
War Academy(Giants Causeway) Was bet down to even money and did not disappoint in his BHP sprint debut on 11-9. Baffert trainee is bred to handle a route of ground and should be heard from in 2013. Worked 4f in :48 (10/33) at Santa Anita on 1-4.
Capo Bastone(Street Boss) Closed into the teeth of a speed bias to snatch 3rdin the FrontRunner, and he pulled the same trick in the BC Juvenile. He has moved to the Pletcher barn in Florida and he breezed 3f in :39.22 (4/5) at Palm Meadows on 1-1. Derby Points (4).
Fortify(Distorted Humor) Debut win at the Spa followed by a 2ndin the G2 Hopeful, a 3rdin G1 Champagne, and a flat 4thin the BC Juvenile. Lasix-free colt is reportedly wintering in Dubai. Derby Points (3).
Gabriel Charles(Street Boss) He smartly won a downhill turf sprint (86 BSF) on the Saturday BC undercard at Santa Anita and was last seen landing the place in the Eddie Logan Stakes (off the turf) on 12-29.
Know More(Lion Heart) G1 FrontRunner place finisher has been terribly mismanaged since that effort. He most recently faded to last in an allowance dirt sprint at SA on 12-28 and desperately needs a freshening. Derby Points (4).
Pataky Kid(Rockport Harbor) G3 Arl-Wash Futurity hero finished 4thin G1 Breeders Futurity and 5thafter hopping at start (blinkers on) in G3 Iroquois. Zipped a 5f bullet in :59.40 (1/27) at Gulfstream on 1-12. Derby Points (1)
Power Broker(Pulpit) $360k purchase graduated in style vs. graded foes in FrontRunner. He raced wide and never got a chance to run his race in BC Juvenile. Baffert said he needs time to grow and will probably return next March. Derby Points (10).
Shanghai Bobby remains on course for the Holy Bull Stakes photo by Eclipse Sportswire
Shanghai Bobby(Harlans Holiday) Made it 5-for-5 with a determined win in the G1 BC Juvenile (82 BSF). I always had my doubts about his stamina and he does not want to go beyond 8.5f based on his slow Juvenile effort. He is expected to make his 3yo bow in the Holy Bull at the Gulf on Jan 26. Breezed 5f in 1:01.42 (12/23) at Palm Meadows on 1-13. Derby Points (20).
Tizracer(Tiznow) Improved smartly second time out to romp in flat mile graduation run (92 BSF) at Belmont Park on 9-8. Todd Pletcher trainee attended the pace before weakening to finish 12thin the G1 Breeders Futurity. He might not have care for synthetic and deserves a chance to rebound on conventional dirt.
Archwarrior(Arch) Pletchers highly regarded $375k colt was a professional debut winner at Saratoga on 8-30. He finished 4th in the Champagne and was most likely done in by his lack of seasoning. He has not worked since 12-24 and is reportedly getting a break after an undisclosed physical problem. Derby Points (1).
Darwin(Big Brown) Former exciting prospect and 4thplace Nashua finisher is on holiday and could return this summer.
Gulfport(Unbridleds Song) Promising Romans trainee is injured and off the Derby trail.
Hightail(Mineshaft) BC Juvenile Sprint winner was injured following a recent workout at Oaklawn Park and has been retired.
Micromanage(Medaglia dOro) Finished a distant last in the Remsen. That effort was too bad to believe but thats back-to-back disappointments after a promising bow. He was reportedly sent to Ocala recently and could return in April if everything goes well.
Rolling Fog(Posse) Bafferts G1 Del Mar Futurity hero is sidelined with bucked shins.
Titletown Five(Tiznow) Facile 7f tally (97 BSF) under Twin Spires in his 4thstart. Bone chip has sidelined the Lukas trainee.
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