lilredrooster
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March 10th, 2017 at 3:20:16 AM permalink
Here is the DRF's Mike Watchmaker's list of top 10 three year old colts.


1 Classic Empire,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Resumes training again this week, so he'll stay here
2 McCraken,
by Ghostzapper
And he's already back training, so he holds his spot
3 Mastery,
by Candy Ride
Has had easy trips, but still think he's very good
4 Gunnevera (10),
by Dialed In
Got ideal set up in Fountain of Youth, but romped

5- Gormley (6),
by Malibu Moon
.......................................... ................................. 8- Practical Joke (5),
by Into Mischief
6- American Anthem (7),
by Bodemeister......................................... 9- Irish War Cry (4),
by Curlin
7- One Liner (8),
by Into Mischief ....................................... 10- J Boys Echo (new),
by Mineshaft
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onenickelmiracle
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March 10th, 2017 at 11:38:21 AM permalink
Surprising Classic Empire is still number one. Watchmaker is to be listened perhaps. One bad race, horse wasn't feeling well, that makes sense.
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March 10th, 2017 at 11:46:10 AM permalink
I mentioned lliad before, but think it is Iliad in fact by equibase.
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March 11th, 2017 at 12:32:52 PM permalink
No stand out this year yet. No horse is the clear winner Im saying.
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March 11th, 2017 at 9:06:36 PM permalink
Mastery beat Iliad and Gormley, but suffers a fracture. Needs surgery, off the derby trail.
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March 12th, 2017 at 12:22:44 AM permalink
McCraken is a powerful closer who is undefeated and was stepped up to a minor stakes immediately after his maiden win. He set the track record for Tampa Bay last race for 8.5 furlongs despite being wide. His sire is the legendary Ghostzapper. He could be for real although his deep closing style could be problematic; getting blocked and/or forced wide. Ghostzapper is one of very few horses who ever really impressed Andrew Beyer. McCraken is aiming for the Bluegrass Stakes on April 8. If he's not something ridiculous like 2/5 I'm pretty sure I'm going to be all over McCraken in the Bluegrass. Like white on rice. I'll take the risk on him getting blocked.
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March 13th, 2017 at 2:23:00 AM permalink
Tapwrit just won the Tampa Bay Derby and broke McCraken's track record set just one month ago. He finished 2nd to McCraken in the Sam Davis. He's no. 2 now in the KY Derby standings. Here are the complete DRF point standings of Derby hopefuls as of 3/13. Gunnevera is #1. Unique Bella, the superstar filly is headed to the Oaks and their likely won't be a filly in the Derby this year. Since the Derby falls this year on May 6 all of the entries will have an extra few days to recover compared to what they normally have.

http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby-2017-point-standings

Here are the upcoming Derby Prep Races:

Rebel: Oaklawn Park Mar 18, 2017 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 25, 2017 100-40-20-10
Spiral Turfway Park Mar 25, 2017 50-20-10-5
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Mar 26, 2017 50-20-10-5
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Apr 1, 2017 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Apr 1, 2017 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 8, 2017 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 15, 2017 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 15, 2017 10-4-2-1
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March 17th, 2017 at 4:43:44 PM permalink
I have a couple of KD futures horses in the Rebel Stakes @ Oaklawn tomorrow (Race #10 ~7:06pm ET). Free pps:
http://www1.drf.com/formulator-web/FreeRace.do?trackId=OP&country=USA&raceDate=20170318&dayEvening=D&raceNumber=10#past-performance-race/10
Both horses are the high-weights for the event (122lbs). I am hoping Royal Mo performs well. He has done little wrong but has also done nothing spectacular. He has a tough post (#10) for this event. Now is the time to prove he belongs in the Derby gate. I expect he will relax early and close late.
Uncontested (#2) is the other runner I am interested in. He reportedly had a breathing issue in his last for an excuse. He is the fastest 3yo colt I have seen so far this year. He may be more a sprint/miler type, but he will likely be out in front and is the one to catch.
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March 18th, 2017 at 1:27:41 AM permalink
Thanks again for the PPs K. Malagacy stretching out also looks very interesting. Both past races on or near the lead with a fast pace and then drew away in the stretch. His race after maiden was only an allowance. American Anthem is yet another horse with speed which makes 4. Looks like it might be a set up for a closer.
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March 18th, 2017 at 7:24:55 PM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

Thanks again for the PPs K. Malagacy stretching out also looks very interesting. Both past races on or near the lead with a fast pace and then drew away in the stretch. His race after maiden was only an allowance. American Anthem is yet another horse with speed which makes 4. Looks like it might be a set up for a closer.


Malagacy was the one in the Rebel.

What is the opposite of "winner, winner, chicken dinner"? Losing day for me and a terrible race for my charges. I hope Royal Mo returns to California and runs better in the Santa Anita Derby if they enter him. With Mastery out, his handlers may take a shot in the race. Uncontested wants/needs less distance IMO. He is lightning fast, but it seems time to move on to shorter distance (1mile or less) Stakes races.

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