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Derby Six for 3/8/14

Derby Six for 3/8/14 

Honor Code photo courtesy

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

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
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  

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:

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

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 

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

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:

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

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:

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

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

Derby Points: 50
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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:

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.


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