Derby Six for 3/24/14
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
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.
Derby Points: 14
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owner: Coburn, Steven and Martin, Perry