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Derby Threat: Uncle Mo

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 2:45 PM

by Ian Tapp Few could mount a serious case that Uncle Mo was not one of the most talented 2-year-olds American racing has seen in quite a while. He was impressive at six furlongs, brilliant at a mile, and dominant in the 8 ½-furlong Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) that clinched his Eclipse championship. Detractors will remind us that he's made just three career... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 09, 2011 | 56 Comments

Derby Threat: Dialed In

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 5:45 PM

by Ian Tapp Dialed In ’s story begins in late April, 20 years ago, when a gelding named Dinard was the 1991 Kentucky Derby favorite. The son of Strawberry Road had just worn down Best Pal to win the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) for owner-breeder Allen Paulson. With the defections of Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Cahill Road (Unbridled’s full brother) and sweetheart... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 02, 2011 | 52 Comments

Derby Threat: Tapizar

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:10 PM

by Ian Tapp When Tapizar won last weekend's Sham Stakes (gr. III, video ) in easy, front-running style, he became the newest graded stakes winner to emerge from the successful breeding program developed by late Verne Winchell. Winchell's son Ron races Tapizar under the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC banner, the same group that campaigned that colt's sire, Wood Memorial... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jan 19, 2011 | 15 Comments

Derby Threat: The Factor

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:00 PM

by Ian Tapp On November 28, 2010, the Bob Baffert-trained The Factor went postward as one of the most hyped two-year-old maidens of the year. Sent off at 3/5, the gray War Front ( TrueNicks , SRO ) colt broke well in the 6.5-furlong race, but was taken off the pace, shuffled back, and was never a factor while finishing fourth ( video ). Realizing that stalking... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jan 11, 2011 | 30 Comments

Derby Threat: Astrology

Thursday, January 06, 2011 7:00 AM

by Ian Tapp When the Kentucky Derby is on your mind, how could you not be fascinated by an A.P. Indy ( TrueNicks , SRO ) colt with the flashy name of Astrology ? Winner of the one-mile Iroquois Stakes (gr. III, video ) at Churchill Downs back in October, Astrology has an intriguing story. First mention must go to Astrology's illustrious ninth dam, Plucky Liege... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Jan 06, 2011 | 20 Comments