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Derby Six for 1/26/14

Derby Six for 1/26/14 



1. Honor Code
A.P. Indy - Serena's Cat by Storm Cat
Career 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


Well thanks to a dominating performance by Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull this colt will remain to top my Derby Six. I am highly anticipating his debut whether it's in the Fountain Of Youth or somewhere else. This colt has the heart and the pedigree to get a mile and a quarter and when they come to challenge him he has the grit to fight back. He to me is still the most imposing horse on the Kentucky Derby trail he will have all the other horses shaking in their boots when he finally runs. I expect big things from this one.

Race Shown: Remsen Stakes
Finish: 1st


Race Link: http://youtu.be/6gCn7m4MKhc 

2. Top Billing
Curlin- Parade Queen by A.P. Indy
Career Statistics:
Starts: 3
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $56,835

Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Claude R. McGaughey III
Owner: Farish, William S. and Hudson, Jr., E. J.
Breeder: W. S. Farish & E. J. Hudson, Jr. Irrevocable Trust


Why you might be asking did this one shoot up the list? Well the simple fact is he was majorly impressive in his allowance victory on the Holy Bull undercard. He will continue to learn and get better as he gets older. With Curlin on top and A.P Indy on bottom this horse could run for days and believe it or not I liked his acceleration a lot more than Cairo Prince's. This colt seems to have a good head on his shoulders and makes an imposing impression wherever he goes. Shug is already planning on shipping this one and I will let you in on one thing this one will makes waves wherever he ends up. 

Race Shown: Allowance on 1/25/14
Finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/GP/2014/1/25/4/race-4-aoc-at-gp-on-1-25-14


3. 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

Career Statistics:
Starts: 4
Firsts: 3
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $512,000 

Ladies and Gentleman we have another Verrazano on our hands a horse who looks brilliant but you have to strongly question his ability to get a mile quarter. With a sprinting mare on bottom and a stallion who also was suspect at a mile quarter on top. This colt may be brilliant at distances between one mile and a mile and an eigth. I know he won impressively but if you look closely his stride shortens about mid stretch after he takes the lead. He has done that in every single one of his races, it is one of the main reason Honor Code was able to come back and win the Remesen against him. He needs to answer the distance questions before I put him any higher, and I'm telling you now if there was future wagering for the Breeders Cup I'd play this one in the Dirt Mile without a second thought.   

Race Shown: Holy Bull Stakes 
finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/7u6kBU0c8jI


4. 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

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

I'm very worried about this one as this one has missed two scheduled works now and on the Kentucky Derby trail you cannot have any hiccups without them seriously effecting your chances. That being said one he comes back he better be firing on all cylinders and ready to roll he better put on a show or else he will drop off. He is the your 2013 Champion 2 year old male but that doesnt bode well in the Kentucky Derby as the last two year old champ to win the Kentucky Derby was Street Sense in 2007. I still feel he is the best of the west though from what I've seen so far from the California contingent but that being said there are always surprises on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Race Shown: 2013 Cashcall Futurity
finish: 1st
Race Link: http://youtu.be/ry2YnRn3LaI


5.  Tapiture
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio
Jockey:Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Trainer:Steven M. Asmussen
Owner:Ron Winchell
Breeder:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Career 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: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/CD/2013/11/30/11/kentucky-jockey-club-s
Race Shown: 2013 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes
Finish: 1st


6. Noble Moon
Malibu Moon- Mambo Bell by Kingmambo
Breeder:Estate of Edward P. Evans 

Career Statistics:
Starts: 3
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $193,000

This one caught my eye after his closing rush in the Nashua but he affirmed my beliefs in him after a hard fought win in the Jerome Stakes the other day. He has shown he is an incredibly versatile colt and with his pedigree this one will run all day. Malibu Moon might have a second derby winner in a row with this colt leading the helm. 

Race Shown: 2014 Jerome Stakes 
Finish: 1st
Race Link: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/AQU/2014/1/4/8/jerome-s-gr-ii 

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Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie
Trainer: Dale L. Romans
Owner: Albaugh Family Stable

Career Record:  Starts: 4
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $523,138

Derby Points: 14 
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