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Derby Top Six for 12/15/13

Derby Top Six 12/15/13 

1. Honor Code  
A.P. Indy - Serena's Cat by Storm Cat
2013 Statistics:
Starts: 3
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $388,000

Jockey:Javier Castellano
Trainer:Claude R. McGaughey III
Owner:Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm LLC
Breeder:Dell Ridge Farm, LLC

This one is by far the best the east has to offer and I feel he will truly prove it this winter once the major preps begin. He showed a new dimension in the Remsen, where he was up stalking the pace showing that he is tactical which will come in handy in a twenty horse field like the Derby. More often than not horses who are deep closers don't win the Derby, you have to be more tactical than what Honor Code was showing before the Remsen, and now with this new dimension he has unleashed there are no limitations for this son of A.P. Indy. I expect that Shug probably will not run this one again until either the Holy Bull Stakes or Fountain Of Youth Stakes both at Gulfstream Park, that way this one will get a nice break and will allow him to grow up a little.   

Race Shown: Remsen Stakes 
Finish: 1st  
Race Link: 

2. Shared Belief  
Candy Ride (ARG)- Common Hope by Storm Cat
Jockey:Corey S. Nakatani
Trainer:Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner:Jungle Racing LLC, Hollendorfer, J., Litt, J., Solis II, A. and Todaro, G.
Breeder:Pam and Martin Wygod

2013 Statistics:
Starts: 3
Firsts: 3
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $451,200

All I can say about Shared Belief is Holy Cow he really can run! His race in the Cashcall Futurity yesterday was unbelievable this gelding has loads of talent. Don't ever count him out he will be one I will be keeping a close eye on for the Derby. Even though he showed loads of talent yesterday winning the Cashcall I am a little worried on his ability to handle the dirt most Candy Rides don't transfer their synthetic or turf track ability to the dirt. In order to take over the number one spot on my Derby six he will need to answer the dirt question and answer it in a big way like he answered the class question in the Cashcall. I believe this horse is by far the best in the west and I don't expect anyone out there in California to beat him he is simply that good.

Race Shown: 2013 Cashcall Futurity
Finish: 1st
Race Link:

3. New Year's Day
Street Cry (IRE)- Justwhistledixie by Dixie Union
Jockey:Martin Garcia
Trainer:Bob Baffert
Owner:West, Gary and Mary
Breeder:Clearsky Farms

2013 Statistics:
Starts: 3
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $1,154,000 

I used to think this one was the best of the west but Shared Belief made me a believer in him so New Year's Day moves down a spot. I worry about the Juvenile jinx with this one because more often than not the Juvenile winner doesn't even make it into the Derby starting gate. He will have to come with his "A" game for me to keep him on here in his next start. I believe he may have lost two year old champion to Shared Belief after that one's monster performance in the Cashcall. Most of the horses that ran against this one in the Juvenile didn't run a step in the Cashcall so that is a bit worrisome on the quality of horses he beat in the Juvenile. Tap it Rich failed to threaten and the best Bond Holder could do was fourth, that doesn't enhance New Year's Day's win in the Juvenile any. 

Race Shown: 2013 Breeders Cup Juvenile 
Finish: 1st 
Race Link: 

4. Cairo Prince 
Pioneer Ofthe Nile- Holy Bubbette by Holy Bull
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Namcook Stables, Braverman, Paul, Clarke, Harvey A. and Robertson III, W. Craig
Breeder: Richard L. Elam & Katherine H. Elam

2013 Statistics:
Starts: 2
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $192,000 

We learned a lot about Cairo Prince in the Remsen and he certainly ran a huge race and showed some heart when fighting Honor Code looks like he may like added distance and he answered a lot of questions in his loss. He is a classy colt and he most likely wont have to face Honor Code again until the Derby, because this one will probably end up staying in New York and run in the New York preps. I fully expect him to dominate those and can't wait to see this one stretch out farther. 

Race Link:
Race Shown: 2013 Remsen Stakes
Finish: 2nd 

5. Tapiture  
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio
Jockey:Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Trainer:Steven M. Asmussen
Owner:Ron Winchell
Breeder:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

2013 Statistics:
Starts: 4
Firsts: 1
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $140,838

This one impressed in his win in the Kentucky Jockey Club though he seems a little green he will get better with racing experience. He has the pedigree to get a mile and a quarter and he has the trainer to get him to the Kentucky Derby this one will get better with racing experience. Breaking your maiden in a stakes race is something you cannot ignore. He will probably take the Louisiana route to the Kentucky Derby and I expect him to do well there. He will need to get everything figured out but that comes with racing experience he obviously is talented or he wouldn't have been entered in the Kentucky Jockey Club as a maiden.

Race Link:
Race Shown: 2013 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes
Finish: 1st  

6. Top Billing 
Curlin- Parade Queen by A.P. Indy 
Jockey: Alex Cintron
Trainer: Claude R. McGaughey III
Owner: Farish, William S. and Hudson, Jr., E. J.
Breeder: W. S. Farish & E. J. Hudson, Jr. Irrevocable Trust

2013 Statistics:
Starts: 1
Firsts: 1
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $22,800 

Just when you thought Shug only had one Derby bullet in Honor Code, this one breaks his maiden impressively at Laurel Park on December sixth, and after a dissapointing performance by Kobe's Back in the Cashcall this one joins by Derby six. I love his breeding by Curlin he will get better as he gets older, and having A.P Indy on the bottom side this one is going to love distance. I have never seen a horse more bred for the Triple Crown than this one. He destroyed his maiden field by five and a quarter lengths, when good horses get the time they need they become dangerous and this is one to look out for and hold in high regard. 


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Ode to the Little Horse that could.

He was a small little gelding not much to him he was pitch black and had the heart of a lion. He was the ultimate racehorse, and his name was Shared Belief. It broke my heart into a million pieces when I found out about his passing due to colic. I have decided to go back and look at all the great moments Shared Belief has provided the sport.

I first heard of Shared Belief when he was a two year old I watched his debut win on the 19th of Oct. 2013 on TVG and all I could say was wow, and where would this brilliant animal be making his first stakes start. I didn't have to wait to long as the plucky little black gelding came back on the 10th of Nov. 2013 in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes where he absolutely demolished his competition from there the sky was the limit.  

2013 Hollywood Prevue Stakes 

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1. Mohaymen 
Tapit- Justwhistledixie by Dixie Union
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Shadwell Stable

Career Statistics: 
Starts: 4
Wins: 4
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $559,830

Derby Points: 20 

Absolutely love his Holy Bull win. He showed a fantastic ability to relax on the inside of runners and finish with an absolute flourish. Kiaran has even said this colt is ahead of Frosted and Cairo Prince at this stage in the game those are some pretty talented horses. He easily crushed Greenpointcrusader who I thought would give him more of a challenge then he did. The way Mohaymen re-broke at the top of the stretch gave me goosebumps this is one very special racehorse. Hopefully he stays sound and we will see just how incredibly special this colt is.

Last Race: Holy Bull Stakes
Last Race Finish: 1st
Last Win: Holy Bull Stakes

2. Brody's Cause 
Giant's Causeway- Sweet Breanna by Sahm
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie
Trainer: Dale L. Romans
Owner: Albaugh Family Stable