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Deeper Look Number Five

13. Tapiture
Tapit- Free Spin by Olympio
Career Statistics:
Starts: 7
Wins: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $490,838

Connections:
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

Derby Points: 52 

Class: He's a talented horse, but I feel like many before him he may be restricted in distance. His pedigree doesn't pack much of a punch when it comes to stamina. Not to mention the fact that this horse is incredibly difficult to rate off the pace which is what he would have to do come Derby day. The pace is to hot for him to not come from way out of it or mid pack. Every time they have tried to rate him he always throws his head up in protest. There's no question about his talent it's whether or not he will be able to get the distance and with his rating problems I would bet that he won't get the distance.

Pedigree: Another colt with Tapit on the top. Tapit's influence on Tapiture's pedigree is that he gives the colt miler speed, and not mile and a quarter stamina. Tapiture's mother Free Spin never really performed beyond six and a half furlongs, and was a moderate racehorse. Tapiture  does get a dose of stamina from his broodmare sire Olympio, only issue is Olympio only won once at the mile a quarter distance, and the good majority of his foals are distance challenged.

Overall Opinion: Tapiture is a nice colt, but I think this one will be better suited to a dirt mile distance in the future.

Final Decision: Tapiture is a pretender.

14. Ring Weekend
Tapit- Free The Magic by Cryptoclearance
Career Statistics:
Starts: 7
Wins: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $305,660

Connections:
Jockey: Alan Garica
Trainer: Graham Motion
Owner: St. Elias Stable and West Points Thoroughbreds

Derby Points: 50 

Class: His performance in the Calder Derby was a little puzzling, but he rated from slightly off of it, and if he can do that in the Derby he could have a serious chance at a price. He is a quality individual who just needs to get everything figured out which will come with time. If he doesn't perform here look out for him in the future he is a seriously talented individual who with time could really blossom into something nice. I also like how he has run on some pretty tiring racing surfaces, and still seems to finish well which should translate well to Churchill Downs.

Pedigree: Another talented colt by Tapit who also gives this one miler speed. On the bottom side though his broodmare sire Cryptoclearance could run all day. His mother Free the Magic was a primarily a grass horse but her best races were at a mile or more which gives me strong hope for his distance ability.

Overall Opinion: Ring Weekend is a very talented individual who hasn't realized his full potential quite yet. With more racing experience he will just get better and better.

Final Decision: Ring Weekend is a contender.

15. General A Rod
Roman Ruler- Dynamite Eyes by Dynaformer
Career Statistics:
Starts: 5
Wins: 2
Seconds: 2
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $282,200

Connections:
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Michael Maker
Owner: J. Armando Rodriguez

Derby Points: 40 

Class: He needs to go back to his old style of coming from way off the pace. They have been tinkering with his blinkers which have made him pretty speed oriented, and seemingly unable to pass horses. If they take them off or make them just cheaters he may relax, and come from off of it. He is a very nice animal, but so far I haven't seen enough from him running on the pace, and if the Derby pace is as hot as it's supposed to be the only chance this one has is from off of it.

Pedigree: Bred to run all day with Dynaformer on bottom. Roman Ruler on top gives him a decent amount of speed but also the ability to carry it. His dam only won one race and it was at six and a half furlongs though on the surface his pedigree looks loaded he may actually have some distance issues.

Overall Opinion: If General A Rod goes back to his old tactics of coming from off of it he may have a serious shot at the Derby title. His pedigree looks loaded but it also has a lot of speed in it which may hint at distance limitations.

Final Decision: General A Rod is a contender.

Tune in next time as I review Medal Count, Candy Boy, and Uncle Sigh. 

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