Buddy's Saint Bruce Levine
Saint Liam—Tuzia, by Blushing John
Showed he can run a horse into the ground early and draw off and showed he can blast by horses on the turn and draw off. Also showed in his debut he can scrap. Not bothered by slow time in Remsen, coming back in three weeks off 101 Beyer Speed Figure and running on dead track; figured to bounce. He's been working brilliantly in Florida. Big, beautiful stride; bred to stay; dam a half-sister to Midway Road.
Lookin at Lucky Bob Baffert
Smart Strike—Private Feeling, by Belong to Me
The Machine; the consummate pro; the champ. He can beat you in many ways and knows how to win. He¹s a physical standout and may even be better with blinkers. He¹d be ranked No.1 if he had any kind of dirt form, which is sounding too familiar these days. Not a lot of stamina in female family.
Super Saver Todd Pletcher
Maria's Mon—Supercharger, by A.P. Indy
Had him ranked No 1 on an early list, but when a 2-year-old goes off to the farm for a couple of months it's wise to take a wait-and-see attitude and watch him work a few times before considering putting him back on top. Had his first 3f breeze Jan. 24, which is a step in right direction. Still like him a lot, and just need to see him rate off the pace.
Winslow Homer Tony Dutrow
Unbridled's Song—Summer Raven, by Summer Squall
Three straight wins at three different tracks in three different states. Like the way he made a couple of runs stuck in traffic and was still on cruise control nearing the quarter pole in the Holy Bull (gr. III). Split horses with authority; final quarter was a slow 26 1/5, but times and splits mean little at Gulfstream. His stride is very similar to Unbridled's Song's, but he appears to be more versatile in running style. He no doubt has tremendous potential.
Eskendereya Todd Pletcher
Giant's Causeway—Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew
Good bounce-back race in Gulfstream allowance, but needs to return to off-the-pace style of running. Horse he beat (Thank U Phillippe) ran well in the Holy Bull. Sensational pedigree loaded with class and stamina. He has long, powerful strides that can grind his opponents into the ground. It's hard to find any faults with him; just needs to be tested against better horses.
Interactif Todd Pletcher
Broken Vow—Broad Pennant, by Broad Brush
Yes, he's been racing on grass, but he won his career debut on dirt and then was cooked by blazing fractions in the Sanford (gr. III). Believe stretch-out improved him as much as grass. He was too close to the pace in the BC Juvenile Turf. He's a classy individual with a big kick when taken back and allowed to make one run. Pedigree is mostly all dirt; third dam is Personal Ensign. Watch out for him in April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
William's Kitten Mike Maker
Kitten's Joy—Blush, by Menifee
Solid stretch runner, with a late-closing second in the Ky. Jockey Club (gr. II), followed by a good third in the Holy Bull, in which he was dropping back to a one-turn mile and never changed leads. He's shifty and showed his explosive acceleration on the turn winning off-the-turf Sunday Silence Stakes. His Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) was better than it looked on paper, getting parked way out in the middle of the track turning for home.
Jackson Bend Nick Zito
Hear No Evil—Sexy Stockings, by Tabasco Cat
Lost little stature in his second-place finish in Holy Bull, breaking from the outside post and racing wide all the way, but his pedigree on both sides has stamina question marks. He has the ability, but we'll have to take it one race at a time as he stretches out. Jockey Jeremy Rose needs to learn more about him, as he lost control of him briefly after turning for home. He had every chance to win, but was simply outrun in the final furlong.
Rule Todd Pletcher
Roman Ruler--Rockcide, by Personal Flag
Hard to go by his two scores at Delta Downs, but he is another WinStar colt who has a beautiful stride and a look of class about him. Ran a gutsy race in the Jackpot (gr. III) after romping in the prep, but like Super Saver, he needs to show he can rate off the pace. Dam is a half-sister to Funny Cide.
Tiz Chrome Bob Baffert
Tiznow—Woodland Shadow, by Woodman
Normally wouldn't put a horse in the Top 12 who hasn't been beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, but this colt has been extremely impressive in his two starts and is bred to stay. Like the way Baffert is working him 6- and 7-furlongs for stretch-out in Feb. 6 Robert Lewis Stakes (gr. II). He runs hard and Baffert has compared him to Silver Charm.
Ron the Greek Tom Amoss
Full Mandate—Flambe, by Fortunate Prospect
Have fallen for this type of explosive stretch runner before at Fair Grounds, and the LeComte (gr. III) was set up for him, but love his stride and the amount of ground he covers and the way he won with his ears pricked. He's turned in big stretch runs at Hoosier, Delta Downs, Remington Park, and Fair Grounds, so he obviously handles any kind of track.
American Lion Eoin Harty
Tiznow—Storm Tide, by Storm Cat
Training brilliantly for his stretch-out in the Robert Lewis. He had to work hard in the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) after maiden romp at Keeneland, but beat a good horse in Get My Fix. He handles all kinds of synthetics, but who knows about dirt? Not an abundance of stamina in his female family; second dam, City Band, won the Golden Rod and Oak Leaf at 2.
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