Derby Six for 3/15/14
Trainer:Claude R. McGaughey III
Owner:Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm LLC
Breeder:Dell Ridge Farm, LLC
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
Race Link: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/GP/2014/3/12/8/race-8-alw-at-gp-on-3-12-14
Any Given Saturday- Refugee by Unacounted For
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)
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
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGlS1TRVVAU
6. Cairo Prince
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
Race Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43W8tbKmm-Q