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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

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