Triple Crown HD

If you have not read Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen for this week, be sure to do so. Why you ask? Because his number one pick is a MaidenWatch horse (by Saint Liam) and he is trained by Bruce Levine, I am good friends with Bruce's niece. Say hello to Buddys Saint.

This blog is actually about several of the horses in HD. HD referring to "Haskin's Dozen."

Lookin at Lucky looked amazing all week while working the Breeders' Cup. Even as I watch old footage we took of him around the track, he just looks good. I am super excited about this horse! He is my early pick for a top three finisher.

In fourth place on Steve's list, Eskendereya is named. Three reasons for me to like this horse: Giant's Causeway (whom you know I am a huge fan of plus a Seattle Slew dam), Todd Pletcher (who is overdue for a Derby win), and the win at Belmont in the Pilgrim S. was very nice.

I would place William's Kitten ahead of Interactif. Though I have seen both in person, the races that I have seen of William's Kitten just interest me more than Interactif. William's Kitten is also a MaidenWatch horse (by Kitten's Joy). The litter of Kitten's on the tracks in stakes competition should result in some sort of skewed odds in favor of a Kentucky Derby contender, right? Fine, need more excuses to why William needs to be about how the race caller pronounces his name during the Sunday Silence S.?

Tiz Chrome and American Lion should follow right after Eskendereya. This is because I think they have not hit their peak yet and have a lot of talent to develop. Both are by Tiznow, so we will see how they do in two turns and running more on the dirt.

My uncle-in-law is named Ron. He is not Greek, but that is enough to keep Ron the Greek in the picture.

So my dozen, with Steve's horses, would look like this:
1) Lookin At Lucky
2) Eskendereya
3) Buddy's Saint
4) William's Kitten
5) Tiz Chrome
6) American Lion
7) Interactif
8) Super Saver
9) Ron the Greek
10) Jackson Bend
11) Rule
12) Dublin


A few horses I will be watching for, that I haven't mentioned in blogs or tweets this year:

Walking the Beach
Mainly the name draws me in. If you look beyond the name though, you have a Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2YO here. Walking the Beach is a Kentucky bred as well, though he sold in Florida. If you say "That isn't enough" I would reply by saying, this is a Medaglia who has a dam named Babeinthewoods.
I did find that Haskin mentions his name Walking the Beach (Churchill maiden winner tired badly in Fair Grounds stretch-out; one more shot). So he broke his maiden at Churchill...interesting. I like surfing, so maybe that plays as a factor. -- read article here

Laus Deo
Winner of the Count Fleet stakes, I see a two turn potential in Laus Deo.  Watch the Replay.
Listen to this quote from Choen "The horse was very prepared," said Cohen of the Medaglia d'Oro colt. "I just let him take me out of the gate.  He's got a big, long stride, obviously – he’s a huge horse.  He relaxed well for me, and every time they came to him he’d give me more, without me having to ask." A side note, Laus Deo's dam Shebane is a daughter of Alysheba.

Twirling Candy, whom I mentioned in a previous blog.

Fareej C B Kingmambo Adonesque (IRE) Darley Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing LLC

Shrimp Dancer C B Kitten's Joy Formal Dancer William Bloom David G. Donk
Shrimp Dancer is a favorite of my co-worker Marta. We have grown fond of this horse and he has a race Aqueduct - February 11, 2010 - Race 6

Here are the Rock Hard Ten's nominated so far:
Utopian C DK B/ Rock Hard Ten Storm Alert G. Watts Humphrey Jr. &Louise I. Humphrey John A. Shirreffs Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.
New Madrid C DK B/ Rock Hard Ten Back to Earth Farnsworth Stables LLC Timothy F. Ritchey Shortleaf Stable, Inc. Doubles Partner C B Rock Hard Ten Serena's Sister Arthur I. Appleton Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm LLC
Colonel Mustard C DK B/ Rock Hard Ten Wave On Lanni Bloodstock, LLC, In Hopes Part.,Westport Mgmt. & J. Smithwick John A. Shirreffs George Krikorian (Santa Anita Park - February 11, 2010 - Race 4, Chantal is riding him)
Best Actor C DK B/ Rock Hard Ten Dance for Dixie Gentry Stable Wayne M. Catalano West, Gary L. and Mary E.

I had a great conversation on brisent's live blog/chat about Colonel Mustard. Tim, The Wizard and Rich were on as I was under the alias "Arrrrr + THS =  WIN!" and we discussed the Rock Hard Tens, Colonel Mustard and other Derby oriented thoughts. I use to shoot and edit That Handicapping Show, so I know all of those great guys.

The closing thought: Lentenor, need I say more?

 Sortable list of Triple Crown nom's


Leave a Comment:

Big Red


 The contenders list seems rather thin this year so i think most lists will be similar, just in a different sequence. IMO, no standouts yet. The more i watch the stretch runs of Tiz Chrome's 2 races, the more i'm leaning to him. I've created my own top 10 list here -  and would appreciate comments on it. Cheers!

09 Feb 2010 4:39 PM

Big Red it's been a long time since I've seen a post from you if you are the one that was  before For Big Red. If so have missed your wisdom.

09 Feb 2010 7:23 PM

I love lists except most of them use all the same horses.

My list is far different - take a look ...

09 Feb 2010 7:52 PM

I like Ron the Greek and Jackson Bend and Maximus far.  Time will tell...and there's lots of that until May.  I always loved Rock Hard Ten, and have been following his progeny...(and that's not easy because there are so many...what a stud).  Please keep us well informed on those babies...what a shame to lose The Mailet.

10 Feb 2010 9:36 AM

I am cheering for Lentenor.  If he doesn't make it to the Derby I would like to see him in the P & B to finish what big bro started:)

10 Feb 2010 6:09 PM

Ah, yes, William's "Ki'en"

Shrimp Dancer is a personal favorite of mine too, simply because of his compelling name. He also happens to be a decent racehorse!

I agree, not a lot of standouts this year... last year we had to pick between a lot of very seemingly equally talented horses from all areas of the country...but look who won! So, you never know.

Lentenor looks promising. Don't know if he'll be ready for the Derby, but if he stays sound and healthy he could be a very nice racehorse. Loved the way he burst away from the pack on the final turn in his last race.

10 Feb 2010 7:04 PM
Matt H.

rule impressed me this past weekend i think he has everything i look for in a horse i would put him at the top of my derby sheet at this point.  but i realize we have several races to go i also like super savor i have noticed a pattern the past few years the horses that have done well at churchill.  seem to do well in the kentucky derby.  One thing i forgot about preparing for last years derby was to look to see what horse was training.  Mind that bird was training at churchill. i like looking at lucky but something about california horses don't seem to do well on dirt.  I don't know what it is but they just don't seem to do well i hope he changes that preseption.  I also like buddy saint as the fourth choice.  its funny talking about the derby twards the end of Febuary because we still have two months to go.  any thing can happen.  

18 Feb 2010 10:41 AM

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