February 1st, 2010


Buddy's Saint Bruce Levine

Saint Liam—Tuzia, by Blushing John

Staying sharp for debut in Fountain of Youth with pair of 5-furlong works in :59 3/5. Remsen form hasn’t held up, with subpar efforts by Homeboykris and Citrus Kid, but he did beat them easily and won with something left.


Lookin at Lucky Bob Baffert

Smart Strike—Private Feeling, by Belong to Me

If he debuts in San Felipe, it would give him only two Derby preps and keep the unknown dirt factor going. But he is a very late foal (May 27), has a good foundation, and Baffert is going to play it cool with him.


Super Saver Todd Pletcher

Maria's Mon—Supercharger, by A.P. Indy

Pletcher’s horses all seem determined to get the lead, even late-closing Aikenite. He’s used his speed well, but that’s not the way you want to get him to the Derby. He’s nowhere near a race after vacation on the farm.


Winslow Homer Tony Dutrow

Unbridled's Song—Summer Raven, by Summer Squall

Showed a good deal of professionalism in the Holy Bull, waiting patiently while boxed in along the rail. Dutrow didn’t exactly exude confidence sending him a flat mile, so expect further improvement going back to two turns.


Eskendereya Todd Pletcher

Giant's Causeway—Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew

It’ll be interesting to see how Pletcher juggles his 3-year-olds. Not much more to say about him than what was said last week. He is another who wound up on the lead in his last, despite never being close to lead prior to that race.


Interactif Todd Pletcher

Broken Vow—Broad Pennant, by Broad Brush

He’s a gamble, considering Pletcher feels he’s a better horse on the grass. But with his pedigree and a victory already on dirt, the feeling is that he’s simply a very good horse and will somehow wind up in the Derby.


Jackson Bend Nick Zito

Hear No Evil—Sexy Stockings, by Tabasco Cat

Best part about the Holy Bull was that he wasn’t being pushed hard in the final sixteenth and did it all pretty much on his own. You can bet Zito has left a lot in the tank. Now we’ll just have to see how far he wants to go.


William's Kitten Mike Maker

Kitten's Joy—Blush, by Menifee

Many look at him as the proverbial bridesmaid, always closing and never getting there, but he ran a big race in the Holy Bull, dropping back to one turn, and was running hard down the lane despite never changing leads.


Rule Todd Pletcher

Roman Ruler--Rockcide, by Personal Flag

Yet another Pletcher horse that apparently wants the lead. Obviously, something has to give, and Pletcher likely will try to teach these horses how to rate off the pace. This colt was right at the top of the list on the farm.


Tiz Chrome Bob Baffert

Tiznow—Woodland Shadow, by Woodman

We’ll find out more about him in this weekend’s Robert B. Lewis when he goes two turns for the first time and moves up in class against much better horses. He just needs to be running on well at the wire. Drilled a sharp five furlongs in :59 1/5.


American Lion Eoin Harty

Tiznow—Storm Tide, by Storm Cat

Harty bypassed the CashCall Futurity and gave him some time to prepare for the Lewis. He also will be stretching out to two turns for the first time, and a victory here will make him a serious Derby contender.


Ron the Greek Tom Amoss

Full Mandate—Flambe, by Fortunate Prospect

Had a tough time deciding whether to put him on or Maximus Ruler, who probably ran a better race in the LeComte considering how the race shaped up. But there were things to like about him other than his closing punch.

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