Sunday, March 30, 2014

Derby Six for 3/30/14

Derby Six for 3/30/2014 


1. Hoppertunity  
Any Given Saturday- Refugee by Unaccounted For
Career Statistics
Starts: 4
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $410,720

Connections:
Jockey: Mike E. Smith
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul

Derby Points: 55 

Sounds like Baffert will be keeping this one in California for the Santa Anita Derby next weekend. Should he run there he will remain my number one the more experience for this one the better and it wont hurt him to at least show up in the Santa Anita Derby. Considering he doesn't need the points all we would have to do is just put in a good third and he would be all squared away for the Derby and ready to peak on Derby day. 

Race Shown: 2014 Rebel Stakes
Race Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYpR0HOC59E


2.Candy Boy 
Candy Ride (ARG) - She's An Eleven by In Excess (IRE)
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $305,600  

Connections 
Jockey: Gary L. Stevens
Trainer:John W. Sadler 
Owner:C R K Stable 


Derby Points: 10  

He needs to win or run second next weekend in the Santa Anita Derby he must put in a big effort because with California Chrome running there will be no favors given to this talented son of Candy Ride. I still worry slightly about distance with this one but with his stride and the way he covers ground I feel distance shouldn't be a problem. 

Race Shown: 2014 Robert B. Lewis Stakes 
Race Finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/dTeCEB3vY20


3. Ring Weekend 
Tapit- Free The Magic by Cryptoclearance 
Career Statistics: 
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $255,660

Connections 
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.

Derby Points: 50  

He moves up simply because I like his pedigree a lot more than Tapiture's. I also like the unconventional path Graham Motion is taking with this colt. I also like the Calder to Churchill angle as Calder is a deeper and tiring surface and that should help him prep for the Derby. He also wont have to ship when he runs in the Calder Derby so that will have him fresh come Derby day. Only thing is he needs to get some things figured out he seems to have lead issues but those will go away with racing experience.

Race Shown: 2014 Tampa Bay Derby
Finish: 1st


Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGlS1TRVVAU 

4.Tapiture 
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio 
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $440,838

Connections 
Jockey:Ricardo Santana, Jr. 
Trainer:Steven M. Asmussen 
Owner:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 

Derby Points: 42
He runs in a couple weeks in the Arkansas Derby and he doesn't need a win just a good second and hes guaranteed a spot in the Derby starting gate. Though I do worry about distance with this one and if you look at him he is built like a miler he's skinny and fish like I'm worried that in the Derby Calvary charge this one might get a bumped and jostled a little to much for him to handle. Though he has shown he is a warrior a couple bumps down a stretch run are nothing compared to the demolition run that is the Derby. 

Race Shown: 2014 Rebel Stakes 
Race Finish: 2nd 
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYpR0HOC59E


5. California Chrome 
Lucky Pulpit- Love The Chase by Not For Love 
Career Statistics:
Starts: 9
Firsts: 5
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $534,850 

Connections: 
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owner: Coburn, Steven and Martin, Perry 

Derby Points: 50  

He runs next weekend in the Santa Anita Derby. I love the way he seems to have blossomed going two turns he doesn't need a win there just a decent effort where he hits the board a regression would actually be good for him. It's hard on horses to keep running brilliant races so a step backwards would have him peaking on Derby day and though I do worry slightly about distance with him I feel with just the way he strides out and his action he is one of the smoothest horses I've ever seen he may be something special.

Race Shown: 2014 San Felipe Stakes 
Race Finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/yG_vuFdKqnA

6. Wildcat Red 
D'Wildcat- Racene by Miner's Mark
Career Statistics:
Starts: 7
Firsts: 4
Seconds: 3
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $690,850 

Connections: 
Jockey: John R. Velazquez
Trainer: Jose Garoffalo
Owner: Honors Stable Corp.  

Derby Points: 90

Though his pedigree doesn't exactly scream a mile and a quarter he has a dosage index of 5.67 which isn't altogether to bad I mean Real Quiet had a dosage index of 5.33 so this one could just get the job done. With the heart he showed in the Florida Derby he stole my heart and coming home down that Churchill stretch he will put up a big fight. He may have to change running styles in the Kentucky Derby as there seems to be a large presence of speed but he certainly seems a lot more tactical than the speed horses I've seen so far this year. I put him on here instead of Constitution because this one has more experience and isn't running against the Apollo curse which hasn't been broken in over a hundred years. Another thing about this colt is his bottom side actually has a pretty decent amount of stamina to it Miner's Mark his broodmare sire was a really nice son of Personal Ensign and he was bred to run all day and his great dam sire was Flying Paster who was a very nice mile and a quarter racehorse. All in all I think his pedigree may be boarder line but I feel it actually somewhat leans towards a mile and quarter and he may have his doubters eating their words come May. 

Race Shown: Florida Derby 2014 
Race Finish: 2nd 
Race link: http://youtu.be/-w0-KD61e8c

Derby Points Leaderboard

I will now be posting the Derby points leader board according to kentuckyderby.com. So you can see who has the points and who is on the outside looking in. 

1. Vicar's In Trouble 
Derby Points: 120 
Next Start: Kentucky Derby 

2. Toast Of New York 
Derby Points: 100 
Next Start: Undeclared 

3. Constitution 
Derby Points: 100 
Next Start: Kentucky Derby 

4. Intense Holiday 
Derby Points: 93 
Next Start: Kentucky Derby 

5. Wildcat Red 
Derby Points: 90 
Next Start: Kentucky Derby 
6. We Miss Artie 
Derby Points: 60 
Next Start: Kentucky Derby  

7. Samraat 
Derby Points: 60 
Next Start: Wood Memorial Stakes 

8. Hoppertunity 
Derby Points: 55 
Next Start: Santa Anita Derby 

9. Chitu 
Derby Points: 54 
Next Start: Undeclared 

10. Midnight Hawk 
Derby Points: 52 
Next Start: Undeclared 

11. Ring Weekend 
Derby Points: 50 
Next Start: Calder Derby 

12. California Chrome 
Derby Points: 50 
Next Start: Santa Anita Derby 

13. Tapiture 
Derby Points: 42 
Next Start: Arkansas Derby 

14. General A Rod 
Derby Points: 40 
Next Start: Kentucky Derby 

15. Albano 
Derby Points: 34 
Next Start: Undeclared 

16. Cairo Prince 
Derby Points: 24 
Next Start: Undeclared 

17. Uncle Sigh 
Derby Points: 24 
Next Start: Wood Memorial Stakes 

18. Vinceremos 
Derby Points: 20 
Next Start: Undeclared 

19. Harry's Holiday 
Derby Points: 20 
Next Start: (Probable) Bluegrass Stakes 

20. Commanding Curve 
Derby Points: 20 
Next Start: Undeclared 

21. Ride On Curlin 
Derby Points: 15  
Next Start: Arkansas Derby 

22. Kristo 
Derby Points: 14 
Next Start: Wood Memorial 

23. Coastline 
Derby Points: 13 
Next Start: (Probable) Bluegrass Stakes 

24. Tamarando 
Derby Points: 12 
Next Start: (Probable) Bluegrass Stakes 

25. Strong Mandate 
Derby Points: 11 
Next Start: Arkansas Derby 

26. Rise Up 
Derby Points: 10 
Next Start: Undeclared 

27. Giovanni Boldini 
Derby Points: 10 
Next Start: Undeclared 

28. Candy Boy 
Derby Points: 10 
Next Start: Santa Anita Derby 

29. In Trouble 
Derby Points: 10 
Next Start: Undeclared 

30. Noble Moon 
Derby Points: 10 
Next Start: Undeclared 

Other Notable Point Totals 

33. Commissioner 
Derby Points: 10  
Next Start: Arkansas Derby 

35. Conquest Titan 
DerbyPoints: 9 
Next Start: Arkansas Derby 

36. Dance With Fate 
Derby Points: 8 
Next Start: Bluegrass Stakes 

42. Schoolofhardrocks 
Derby Points: 5 
Next Start: Santa Anita Derby  

NR. Social Inclusion 
Derby Points: 0 
Next Start: Wood Memorial Stakes 

NR. Bayern 
Derby Points: 0 
Next Start: (Probable) Arkansas Derby 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Derby Six for 3/24/14

Derby Six for 3/24/14 


1. Hoppertunity  
Any Given Saturday- Refugee by Unacounted For
Career Statistics
Starts: 4
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $410,720

Connections:
Jockey: Mike E. Smith
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul

Derby Points: 55 

With the recent deflection of Honor Code this one takes the top spot on my Derby Six this week. He could move down if Baffert decides to not run him in the Santa Anita Derby. Reasoning behind that is that most horses that have not even run a mile and an eighth don't run well in the Derby. I personally am not afraid of the Apollo curse with this one I feel he has a real solid chance to win he's got a great foundation of races underneath him and most importantly he doesn't need anymore points. I love the way he ran in the Rebel and I feel strongly that even if Tapiture got a clean trip that this one would've still bested him.

Race Shown: 2014 Rebel Stakes
Race Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYpR0HOC59E


2. Candy Boy 
Candy Ride (ARG) - She's An Eleven by In Excess (IRE)
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $305,600  

Connections 
Jockey: Gary L. Stevens
Trainer:John W. Sadler 
Owner:C R K Stable 


Derby Points: 10  

He's taking the I'll Have Another path to the Derby and with the recent defection of Honor Code that does nothing but help this one. I feel his pedigree may be suspect at a mile and a quarter but the way this one runs I have to believe that he can and will get the mile and a quarter distance. Most interesting will be whether Gary Stevens chooses this one or the ultra talented Bayern.

Race Shown: 2014 Robert B. Lewis Stakes 
Race Finish: 1st 


Race Link: http://youtu.be/dTeCEB3vY20  

3. Tapiture 
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio 
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $440,838

Connections 
Jockey:Ricardo Santana, Jr. 
Trainer:Steven M. Asmussen 
Owner:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 

Derby Points: 42

He lost absolutely nothing in defeat he ran lights out and showed he is a lot tougher than his small exterior would suggest. It also showed he has a lot of heart and that is something he is really going to need when it comes to the Derby. Only question he's got left to answer is if he really wants to go a mile and a quarter.



Race Shown: 2014 Rebel Stakes 
Race Finish: 2nd 
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYpR0HOC59E

4.  Ring Weekend 
Tapit- Free The Magic by Cryptoclearance 
Career Statistics: 
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $255,660

Connections 
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.

Derby Points: 50 

He's got the pedigree and he's got the talent. Only question does he have the experience to win the Derby. Sounds like Graham is pointing towards the Calder Derby a little unconventional but definitely a good choice it keeps the horse close to home and he gets a race over a tiring surface that will prep him enough to get to the Derby. This horse has got loads of talent and he's bred to run all day and most people don't rank him because of the whole "who did he beat?" question in all honesty it's not who you beat this year it's whether or not you actually have a mile and a quarter pedigree. 

Race Shown: 2014 Tampa Bay Derby
Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGlS1TRVVAU


5. Cairo Prince 
Pioneer Ofthe Nile- Holy Bubbette by Holy Bull 
Career Statistics:
Starts: 4
Firsts: 3
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $512,000  

Connections 
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Darley,Namcook Stables, Braverman, Paul, Clarke, Harvey A. and Robertson III, W. Craig
Breeder: Richard L. Elam & Katherine H. Elam

Derby Points: 14 

We will find out how good this one is this weekend. It's either sink or swim for him now and I truly feel he is one that will be sinking come the first Saturday in May. He doesn't have the pedigree plan and simple though he may be brilliant nine times out of ten brilliant doesn't win the Derby. 

Race Shown: 2014 Holy Bull Stakes
Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43W8tbKmm-Q


6. California Chrome 
Lucky Pulpit- Love The Chase by Not For Love 
Career Statistics:
Starts: 9
Firsts: 5
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $534,850 

Connections: 
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owner: Coburn, Steven and Martin, Perry 

Derby Points: 50 

With the defelction of Honor Code this one moves into the Derby Six. I love his action and how effortless he seems to make everything. I love how as the races have gotten longer he seems to have gotten better only question is if he can keep this string of impressive wins going until June. This is one who also may have trouble at a mile and a quarter. 

Race Shown: 2014 San Felipe Stakes 
Race Finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/yG_vuFdKqnA

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Derby Six for 3/15/14

Derby Six for 3/15/14 


1. Honor Code 
A.P. Indy - Serena's Cat by Storm Cat
Career Statistics:
Starts: 4
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $401,200


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

Derby Points: 14 

He ran into a freak last out in Social Inclusion but once again Gulfstream has been favoring speed horses all meet so he had to run against a track bias. He just needed a little reminder race and thats exactly what he got Shug seemed okay with the race so I'm not worried at all. This is one of maybe six horses I've seen so far this year that has the pedigree to get the Derby distance, so as long as he runs well enough to get the points in the Wood Memorial or the Florida Derby I'm keeping him at number one.

Race Shown: Allowance on 3/12/14 @Gulfstream Park
Finish: 2nd
Race Link: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/GP/2014/3/12/8/race-8-alw-at-gp-on-3-12-14


2. Hoppertunity 
Any Given Saturday- Refugee by Unacounted For
Career Statistics
Starts: 4
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $410,720

Connections:
Jockey: Mike E. Smith
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul

Derby Points: 55

His win in the Rebel impressed me enough to move him up to number two his pedigree should get the mile and a quarter and he is certainly a looker and one I've had my eye on for awhile. He's got a beautiful stride to him and he seems to get better every out and with his connections how could you go against him.

Race Shown: 2014 Rebel Stakes
Race Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYpR0HOC59E


3. Candy Boy 
Candy Ride (ARG) - She's An Eleven by In Excess (IRE)
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $305,600  

Connections 
Jockey: Gary L. Stevens
Trainer:John W. Sadler 
Owner:C R K Stable 
Breeder:Lee Searing & Susan Searing

Derby Points: 10 

His works have been very forward and I'm looking forward to the Santa Anita Derby. He may have to lay closer in the Santa Anita Derby so the speedy Bayern doesn't run away with it. Candy Boy is probably one of the more tatical derby horses on the trail so far this year. The telling decision will be whether or not Gary Stevens choses him or Bayern. 

Race Shown: 2014 Robert B. Lewis Stakes 
Race Finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/dTeCEB3vY20 


4. Tapiture 
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio 
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $440,838

Connections 
Jockey:Ricardo Santana, Jr. 
Trainer:Steven M. Asmussen 
Owner:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 


Breeder:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC  

Derby Points: 42

He showed a lot of courage in the Rebel he looks like a lean mean fighting machine and who knows by the way he strides out he may outrun his pedigree. He's a real nice horse and I feel strongly that though his pedigree is weak his heart is strong and sometimes thats all you need. 

Race Shown: 2014 Rebel Stakes 
Race Finish: 2nd 
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYpR0HOC59E


5. Ring Weekend 
Tapit- Free The Magic by Cryptoclearance 
Career Statistics: 
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $255,660

Connections 
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.

Derby Points: 50 

The more I watch the Tampa Bay Derby the more I like this one he's just a green colt that has a pedigree that will make him run all day, granted he doesn't have the experience some of the others do but he is one talented colt and I'll take him as my Derby dark horse.

Race Shown: 2014 Tampa Bay Derby
Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGlS1TRVVAU


6. Cairo Prince 
Pioneer Ofthe Nile- Holy Bubbette by Holy Bull 
Career Statistics:
Starts: 4
Firsts: 3
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $512,000  

Connections 
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Darley,Namcook Stables, Braverman, Paul, Clarke, Harvey A. and Robertson III, W. Craig
Breeder: Richard L. Elam & Katherine H. Elam

Derby Points: 14 

He drops to sixth on this list simply because I really don't think he wants any part of a mile and a quarter everyone is all over this horse not realizing his pedigree can hardly get a mile and an eighth let alone a mile and a quarter. He could be a lock for the Preakness though that is seriously the only reason I keep him on here at all. Though he may be brilliant brilliant doesn't always win the Derby you need the heart and the breeding to get the distance and I don't think he has the heart or the pedigree to win the Derby.

Race Shown: 2014 Holy Bull Stakes
Finish: 1st
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43W8tbKmm-Q

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Derby Six for 3/8/14

Derby Six for 3/8/14 

Honor Code photo courtesy DRF.com

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

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

Derby Points: 14

Will make his three year old debut in an alowance on Wednesday the 12th. Shug opts to keep him at home in what is a lighter spot that should set him up well for a possible rematch with Cairo Prince in the Florida Derby. With Top Billing out Shug's got only one shot left so Honor Code better be firing bullets come Wednesday.

Race Shown: 2013 Remsen Stakes
Finish: 1st




Candy Boy photo courtesy Espn.com
2. Candy Boy 
Candy Ride (ARG) - She's An Eleven by In Excess (IRE)
Career Statistics
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $305,600  

Connections 
Jockey: Gary L. Stevens
Trainer:John W. Sadler 
Owner:C R K Stable 
Breeder:Lee Searing & Susan Searing  

Derby Points: 10 

Gary Stevens has got himself a good one with Candy Boy. His win in the Robert B. Lewis thoroughly impressed me. He has a very nice stride to him and looks like he wants to go further in distance. To early to tell what his next target is but this is definietly one to keep an eye on. Though I do worry a tiny bit about distance with him; he has a very limited amount of stamina in his pedigree, but his broodmare sire did win at a mile and quarter.  

Race Shown: 2014 Robert B Lewis Stakes 
finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/dTeCEB3vY20

3. Cairo Prince 
Cairo Prince photo courtesy Usatoday.com
Pioneer Ofthe Nile- Holy Bubbette by Holy Bull 
Career Statistics:
Starts: 4
Firsts: 3
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $512,000  

Connections 
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Darley,Namcook Stables, Braverman, Paul, Clarke, Harvey A. and Robertson III, W. Craig
Breeder: Richard L. Elam & Katherine H. Elam

Derby Points: 14

Darley has recently aquired this talented colt they really are desperate for a derby win and they will do anything to get it. Derby gods haven't shined to brightly on people who try to buy their way to a Kentucky Derby victory though so thats another notch against this one if you believe in the superstions. With a pedigree like his he shouldn't be able to get a mile and a quarter but Smarty Jones' pedigree said the same story and look what he accomplished. There is always an exception to the rule so thats why you need to include him on any Derby list because you simply can't ignore his talent. 

Race Shown: 2014 Holy Bull Stakes
Finish: 1st 


Tapiture Photo Courtesy Paulickreport.com
4. Tapiture 
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio 
Career Statistics 
Starts: 5
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $320,838 

Connections 
Jockey:Ricardo Santana, Jr. 
Trainer:Steven M. Asmussen 
Owner:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 
Breeder:Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 

Derby Points: 22

 Though I have some doubts about his ability to get farther than a mile and an eighth, there is no doubting his talent. Steve Asmussen has a Derby out there with his name on it whether its this year well thats something we will have to wait to find out. The way he pulled away made me a re-believer in him and his talent, time will tell if he can actually get a mile and a quarter.

Race Shown: 2014 Southwest Stakes 
Finish: 1st  
Race Link:http://youtu.be/BlPcaa0TYgs


5. Intense Holiday 
Intense Holiday Photo Courtesy DRF.com
Harlan's Holiday- Intensify by Unbridled's Song  
Career Statistics 
Starts: 7
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $351,900 

Connections 
Jockey:Mike E. Smith 
Trainer:Todd A. Pletcher 
Owner:Starlight Racing 
Breeder:Machmer Hall & Haymarket Farm 

Derby Points: 53

He ran a very good race when closing in the Risen Star. Really like how he keeps making jumps forward and seems to get better and learn something new every time he steps foot on a racetrack. With Mike Smith in the saddle this one could very well pull in a Derby victory and it's about time Starlight Stables gets a Derby win. His pedigree is really the only notch against him but with the way he ran in the Risen Star I feel he will want to outrun his pedigree. 

Race Shown: 2014 Risen Star Stakes 
Finish: 1st 
Race Link: http://youtu.be/3NrZHC6DKlk

6. Ring Weekend 
Tapit- Free The Magic by Cryptoclearance 
Career Statistics: 
Starts: 6
Firsts: 2
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $255,660

Connections 
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. 

Derby Points: 50
Ring Weekend Photo Courtesy DRF.com


Many would think I would put California Chrome on here after his San Felipe win, but I am not jumping on that bandwagon. Ring Weekend was very impressivein his win in the Tampa Bay Derby. This years Derby trail seems to be packed with horses that aren't bred to get a mile and a quarter so when I see a horse that has a pedigree like his that is actually winning I thrust myself on that bandwagon especially since his trainer has already won a Kentucky Derby and this one looks like he definetly had more to give in the Tampa Bay Derby. Once he gets his leads figured out this one could be a real threat in the Kentucky Derby. 

Race Shown: 2014 Tampa Bay Derby
Finish: 1st
Race Link: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/TAM/2014/3/8/11/tampa-bay-derby-gr-ii

Off The Six 

Top Billing: Fractured his cannon so he wont be making the Triple Crown this time but look for him to be a very strong older horse threat. 

Shared Belief: Still no news from this one's camp on where he will run next he hasn't even put in a work its a little late for him to jump on the Derby trail now but look for him to maybe make the Preakness Stakes.