March 17, 2010

Down and Derby c6.5

Here is the brand new Down and Derby Top 20:

1 Lookin at Lucky Bothered badly on the backstretch, the champ made a big statement in the Rebel.
2 Eskendereya Fountain of Youth explosion was the single best performance of this crop.
3 Awesome Act I can't decide if he reminds me most of John, Paul, George, or Ringo.
4 Odysseus Left for dead on the turn, how on earth did this Greek God get up for the win???
5 Rule Tampa Bay Derby result makes this gritty speedster look even better.
6 Super Saver Much like Rachel, a good return race that should set him up well for future races.
7 Connemara His win in San Francisco was a little slow, but I absolutely love the well bred colt’s upside.
8 Caracortado Scarred in the San Felipe, but in his defense, everything was against the gelded son of Cat Dreams.
9 Ron the Greek Speed is lining up for the Derby, beware the last-to-first closer from modest beginnings.
10 Schoolyard Dreams This Tampa based colt is improving with every start, see Musket Man.
11 Dublin Lukas hope made a premature move and was only 3rd best in the Rebel, may have bounced a bit.
12 Noble’s Promise He proved once again that he is as solid as he is classy, but at 1 ¼, I will take a pass.
13 Conveyance I am not a total believer in this one’s ability to get the distance, but he is undefeated.
14 Alphie’s Bet Closed like a freight train in his Sham win, better competition next time.
15 Interactif First try on a synthetic surface was promising for this Pletcher colt best known for turf.
16 Drosselmeyer Looks like this WinStar runner is headed back for another try in the Big Easy.
17 Stay Put Margolis stretch runner will get more pace to run at in his next try.
18 Sidney’s Candy Speedy colt went wire to wire in the San Felipe, 10 furlongs may be another story.
19 Discreetly Mine Everything went his way in the Risen Star, let’s see if he can repeat in the Louisiana Derby.
20 Jackson Bend Distance challenged, Zito fighter gets another chance in New York’s Wood Memorial.

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Abitaamber said...

Awesome Again is coming out of retirement???? That's...awesome!!!!

Yea, yea, I know it was a typo. A funny one.

Abitaamber said...

And, by the way, I think I'm on the Super Saver bandwagon now!

Brian Zipse said...

Abitaamber, More mistakes happen after you hit 40, you are almost there aren't you??? Thanks for the catch.

Anonymous said...

Esky to NY and Rule in the Fla Derby? Didn't look like that was the plan a couple of weeks ago.

william said...

looks like a wide open derby...cant wait

Brian Zipse said...

The Eskendereya decision appears to have been made by Zayat, which was just fine for Pletcher and where to run Rule.

Anonymous said...

legitimate #1-4......not neccessarily in that as i pointed out earlier SIDNEY FITS THAT PROFILE that you brought to my attention a week or so ago....noble's promise is consistently game and of course JACKSON with the great CALVIN BOREL who delivers 9 times out of ten deserves another look-see.....the rest are mere pretenders/fillers/minor players...IMO.......ZATT'S ALL....

LDP said...

If these 20 horses make it to the gate on May 1, then I cannot wait. That is one very competitive field. Nice analysis in the Stride article too Brian.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have better than a guess that Connemara will run in the lanes end???

Brian Zipse said...

The plan for Connemara is indeed the Lane's End.

railrunner said...

I'm hoping Lookin At Lucky heads for the Wood Memorial now instead of one of the Derbies (Santa Anita or Arkansas) that would mean a showdown with Eskendereya and possibly Odysseus. Plus it's in NY which means I can go see it!
Great list Brian. I still like Jackson Bend but I'm unsure (as everyone seems) about his distance ability. So far he's been a good bride's maid this year.