Horse to Be - Cool Blue Red Hot

Derby Horse: Cool Blue Red Hot

Watch Cool Blue Red Hot's race against Soldat.
Review the race results here.

Finding the horses that are late bloomers with little hype around them so far, and whom will perform in the Derby, is a lot of fun for me to figure out.

Cool Blue Red Hot was able to keep pace head to head with Soldat, but either grew tired in the stretch or hated the slop. No worries yet though, because he has time to work on his endurance.  If it were to rain Kentucky Derby day, Cool Blue Red Hot will have a slop race under his belt and know what to expect. I like that he stays near the pace and finished solidly against the rest of the field. Despite the D TrueNicks rating, I think he has potential to hit the board and he is one horse I am going to keep a solid eye on.

Beamer raced against Cool Blue Red Hot in this race and appears on Steve's "Dirty Dozen list", as I will call the Derby Dozen challenge list Steve has started. Beamer has already been defeated by Cool Blue Red Hot in competition and thus solidifies a presence in the Derby.


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Mike Relva

I think this horse could be a sleeper.

03 Feb 2011 10:45 PM
Ian Tapp


I like the horse too, and I agree with you--maybe it was the slop that made him not want to kick on in the stretch? Hopefully for him it's unlikely that he'll see the same type of pace/surface scenario in future prep races.

The TrueNicks "D" rating means the cross that has a low strike rate at getting stakes winners. The cross of Storm Cat line stallions over A.P. Indy line mares has 213 starters, but just 8 stakes winners. The only graded winners on the cross (Bluegrass Cat, Mr. Sidney, and Untouched Talent) are direct Storm Cat/A.P. Indy, so it looks like the sons of each have not had the same affinity.

Click here to see his TrueNicks report.


04 Feb 2011 11:29 AM
Shelby's Best Pal

I think a Derby winner needs a cool name and Cool Blue Red Hot sure has that.  Fun, fun, fun following the Derby trail.

04 Feb 2011 11:41 AM

Adam, according to John Pricci at HRI, CBRH is off the Derby trail:

The last stop was Barn 26, where Angel Penna Jr. was working on payroll. Penna trains the talented Cool Blue Red Hot who, coincidentally, finished second To Soldat in that Jan. 21 allowance race. It turned out to be a bit of a sore subject.

“He’s a May foal and I didn’t want his first race back to be too hard on him. I told the rider you’re going to be laying second or third. Whatever you do, wait until after the three-eighths pole to make your move. If he gets there, he gets there; there’s always the next race.

Angel Penna talks about three-year-old, Cool Blue Red Hot

Photo by: Toni Pricci

Angel Penna talks about three-year-old, Cool Blue Red Hot

Don’t you know he starts chasing [Soldat] at the half-mile pole, even earlier than I wanted?! He wasn’t ready for that and it took him four days to get his normal appetite back. He’s fine now, but he’s off the Derby trail. He’ll be at his very best around Travers time.”

:-( sorry

04 Feb 2011 10:03 PM

@Sherpa - Thanks for the info and what a bummer! Glad that he is being looked after though.

06 Feb 2011 8:35 PM
Dr Drunkinbum

I feel certain that he did not like the slop. I don't recall the behavior he was exhibiting pre-race but my notes said that he doesn't seem to like the surface. I thought he ran well considering that he tolerated the surface rather than liking it. He should do much better on a fast surface but if he gets into The Derby and the track is sloppy I don't think he'll do well. I like his pedigree, and in watching his replays prior to his last race I found him to be visually impressive. He's a runner. He worked on 2-4 so that is encouraging. Very interested in seeing where they will run him next. Personally I think he can jump up to a G3 stakes on a dry track but another allowance and then into a 3yo prep is fine too.

08 Feb 2011 12:59 AM
Dr Drunkinbum

Oops !!!! I should have read the comments before I posted rather than after !! Yikes. Probably a smart move though to point to The Travers instead. More should do that. Seems a little premature to decide that now but they obviously did not like how he came out of the race and think he needs a lot more seasoning at a reasonable pace.

08 Feb 2011 1:02 AM

That was nice but slop and dirt are two types of track.   A sunny day on a dry track is way diff. then a soppy track on a overcast day.     If he does the same thing on a 80 degree day on a Sunny day with a dry track then it is time to pay attention.

09 Feb 2011 6:14 AM

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