We all know that Santa loves making lists, checking them at least twice. Surely he also has a list of his early top 12 picks for the Kentucky Derby of 2010!
If only two-year-olds would fit under a Christmas tree, and I found a nice Medaglia or Giant's Causeway or Empire Maker or Candy Ride or Street Cry or Rock Hard Ten or Flower Alley or even a Mingun...you get the point, what a wonderful surprise it would be.
Yep, time to examine the 2-Year-Olds going on 3. So here are a few I am watching, that maybe you have not heard much about yet.
Smoothe as Candy (Candy Ride - Crownette by Seattle Slew) 2YO Chestnut Filly.
A full sister to Chocolate Candy and a record of 3-0-0-1 with a 4th place finish as well. This horse is of course based in California, owned by Jenny Craig and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.
Twirling Candy (Candy Ride - House of Danzing, by Chester House) 2YO Dark Bay Colt. A record of 1-1-0-0 with the win at Hollywood park 11/14/09. Also owned by Jenny Craig, but trained by John W. Sadler. Haskin mentions Twirling Candy in his first Derby Dozen for the 2010 Kentucky Derby.
A Medaglia d'Oro just broke her maiden nicely at Aqueduct. Golden Galleon is her name. We all know how big of a fan I am of Medaglia and of course his first crop of 2YOs, which became big winners at 3...well this filly is by Medgalia, out of a Stormy Atlantic (whom I love) mare named Atlantic Ocean. Watch the replay here! She made a very nice move! What is he other factor to examine. The Pletcher angle, this horse is trained by Todd Pletcher.
A new horse I am going to follow and you should too:
Vlad the Impailer (Dixie Union - Music Way, by Kris S.)
Owner: Pacific Ridge Racing LLC
Trainer: Andrew McKeever
Bred by: River Bend Farm, Inc. (KY)
Sale: KEESEP 2008
5th of 5 10/28/09 at Keeneland with Borel aboard.
He races next on December 11th, in race 3, at Fair Grounds, so go watch!
Sure Vlad was known for scaring off enemies by placing rivals on stakes, impaled of course, around his castle...or Vlad could be the center of vampire jokes, but this horse name is just deviant and entertaining. I bet we could bring a whole new generation to love horse racing by connecting this horse, the history lesson of Vlad/vampires and saying the words "New Moon."
If you become very curious, then you might enjoy this: