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Kentucky Derby Report (5-22-20)

The Arkansas Derby was split into two divisions on May 2, and Charlatan and Nadal were the two winners for trainer Bob Baffert. The Derby trail continues on Saturday, May 23 at Churchill Downs with the Matt Winn Stakes (G3).

A dozen sophomores entered the Matt Winn, and Maxfield is the 5-2 morning line favorite. He smarty won both of his starts as a juvenile including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1). Ankle surgery cut his juvenile campaign short, and this is his first start of 2020. He is training forwardly and should be heard from late, but he is probably not fully cranked.

Major Fed deserves some respect but must overcome a wide draw. He did not show his usual tactical speed in the Louisiana Derby (G2).

Pneumatic is a perfect 2-for-2 for Steve Asmussen. He should save ground behind the speed and should have every chance to succeed if good enough. The Matt Winn Stakes is a Kentucky Derby 2020 points race (50-20-10-5). 

In other Triple Crown news, all three races now have firm dates. The 2020 series kicks off with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 20, and it will be run at a mile and an eighth. The Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, Sept. 5, which is eleven weeks after the Belmont. The Preakness will be run four weeks after the Derby on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Kentucky Derby Points Race Recaps

Arkansas Derby (G1) Recap (5-2-20) - Winner: Charlatan ($2.80)

 


This was too easy for Charlatan, and we still have no idea how good he really is or far far he really want to go after three facile wins from as many starts. Bob Baffert’s colt was the controlling speed from the inside post, and he was in complete command throughout. He was quickly a couple of lengths in front, and maintained that margin for much of the running. He opened up by 4-1/2 lengths in the stretch and ended up winning by six very easy lengths. His speed figure dropped but there was no need to go any faster in this spot. Basin chased the winner throughout and held 2d by a neck over Gouverneur Morris. The latter keeps gridding away in the stretch in these Derby points races. Winning Impression was 4th, followed by Anneau d’Or, Crypto Cash, Mo Mosa, Jungle Runner, and My Friends Beer. The final time was 1:48.49.     

Arkansas Derby (G1) Recap (5-2-20) - Winner: Nadal ($3.80)   

Nadal smartly captured the slightly faster second division of the Arkansas Derby (1:48.34). He is also trained by Bob Baffert, and Nadal has proven to be a real fighter. He battled through strong fractions in the Rebel (G2), and proved that he could pass horses in this event. LA Derby (G2) hero Wells Bayou was sent to the lead from the outside post, and Nadal allowed him to go and applied outside pressure. Joel Rosario got the eventual winner in a clear tracking spot, and that was the key to victory. Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner tried to keep pace with Nadal for much of the running, but it was a fruitless endeavor. Nadal got the jump on the stalkers and scored by an easy three lengths. King Guillermo battled hard throughout and was second best. Finnick the Fierce chased from midpack and was best of the rest in 3rd at 62-1. Farmington Road was last early and made a wide middle move, but could not make any headway in an okay 4th place finish. Wells Bayou weakened to 5th, and Storm the Court, Silver Prospector, Code Runner, and Taishan trailed.     

Hot Prospects: Casino Grande

Ran his record to 2-for-2 with a nice optional claiming score at Gulfstream Park on May 16. He is trained by Christophe Clement and owned by Calumet Farm. The Cairo Prince colt is out of a Tapit mare, and he is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park on June 25. 

Jarrod Horak’s “Exceptional Eleven" Kentucky Derby 2020 Contenders (5-22-20)

(1)  
HONOR A. P. (Honor Code - Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush) - Previous Ranking (#1)

Trainer (John Shirreffs) - Owner (C R K Stable LLC)

Latest Workout: 5f bullet in 59.20 (1/28) at Santa Anita Park May 22
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Comments: It was nice to see him return with a quality effort in the San Felipe (G2) March 7. That was his first start in more than four months, and he stalked outside and was clearly second best. The later Kentucky Derby date definitely helps him. I like his running style versatility and there is plenty of upside here. He is targeting the rescheduled SA Derby (June 6), and he will try to turn the tables on Authentic in that event.      

Derby Points (20)

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(2) 
NADAL (Blame - Ascending Angel, by Pulpit) - Previous Ranking (#3)

 


Trainer (Bob Baffert) - Owner (Stronach Stables)

Latest Workout: 4f bullet in 48.00 (1/35) at Santa Anita Park May 20.

Comments: Kept his perfect record intact with a smart prominent throughout victory in the slightly faster division of the Arkansas Derby (G1). He was able to sit just off the early leader in that one, and he owns fine early-pressing speed and is able carry it a distance of ground. The recently rescheduled Belmont Stakes on June 20 at a mile and an eighth is a possible target.

Derby Points (150)        

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(3) 
CHARLATAN (Speightstown, by Authenticity, by Quiet American) - Previous Ranking (#2)

Trainer (Bob Baffert) - Owner (SF Racing, Starlight, Madaket, Stonestreet, Golcanda Stables)

Comments: He easily won all three starts this year including the first division of the Arkansas Derby (G1). He has never been challenged at any point in any of his races, so we still don’t know his true ability. Just like his stablemate Nadal, the Belmont Stakes is an option.

Derby Points (100)

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(4) 
MAXFIELD (Street Sense - Velvety, by Bernardini) -  Previous Ranking (#4)

Trainer (Brendan P. Walsh) - Owner (Godolphin, LLC)

Latest Workout: 4f in 47.20 (3/22) at Keeneland May 16
. 

Comments: He was clearly not going to make the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The first Saturday in September is a much more realistic target, and he is back in the Derby chase. He broke slow and rallied strongly to capture both of his 2019 starts from off the pace including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. He was supposed to run in the BC Juvenile (G1), but an untimely leg injury forced him to scratch. He had surgery to remove an ankle chip on Nov. 18 and started galloping again earlier this year. He returned to the worktab Feb. 17 and is no longer on a tight schedule. He left Florida last month and had his first move in Kentucky on April 10. The Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 23 is his first test of the year.

Derby Points (10)

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(5) 
AUTHENTIC (Into Mischief - Flawless, by Mr. Greeley) - Previous Ranking (#5)

Trainer (Bob Baffert) - Owner (SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stable)

Latest Workout: 6f bullet in 1:11.00 (1/6) at Santa Anita Park May 17
. 

Comments: He was up on the pace and cruised in all three of his starts as the favorite. He easily beat subsequent El Camino Real Derby hero Azul Coast in the Sham Stakes (G3) Jan. 4, but was all over the place in the stretch. That erratic run second time out had everything to do with lack of experience. He wore ear plugs and was much more professional in the San Felipe (G2). The $350k purchase loves to get into the race early, and he crushed his foes with speed in his first three starts. They backed off after the April 6 SA Derby was postponed. After four weeks of no published works, he returned to the worktab April 27, and the rescheduled SA Derby (June 6) is his next race.
  
Derby Points (60)

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(6) 
TIZ THE LAW (Constitution - Tizfiz, by Tiznow) - Previous Ranking (#6)

 


Trainer (Barclay Tagg) - Owner (Sackatoga Stable)

Latest  Workout: 4f in 50.20 (18/19) at Palm Meadows Training Center May 18
. 

Comments: He was excellent over the winter at Gulfstream Park in the Holy Bull and Florida Derby. He stalked the pace and took over in the stretch in both of those races, and they gave him a break after the Florida Derby. He got back on the worktab April 11, and the Belmont Stakes will be his next start.         

Derby Points (122)

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(7) 
MAX PLAYER (Honor Code - Fools in Love, by Not for Love)  Previous Ranking (#8)

Trainer (Linda Rice) - Owner (George E. Hall)

Latest Workout: 6f in 1:13.87 (1/2) at Belmont Park (dirt training) on May 22.

Comments: He made his stakes debut in the Withers (G3) at a mile and an eighth at the Big A Feb. 1, and he raced wide throughout and came running down the stretch to score by a rather easy 3-1/4 lengths. He had his sights set on the Wood Memorial (G2), but that race was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is based in New York and will probably end up competing in the Belmont Stakes.

Derby Points (10)

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(8) 
KING GUILLERMO (Uncle Mo - Slow Sand, by Dixieland Band) - - Previous Ranking (#19)

Trainer (Juan Carlos Avila) - Owner (Victoria’s Ranch)

Comments: Fired in both Derby points this year. He tracked the pace and edged away in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), and stalked and was second to Nadal in the second division of the Arkansas Derby (G1). I like his early-pressing speed, and he tries hard throughout. His next start in undecided. They have been patient with him this year, and his connections are in no hurry to run him again. They may or may not train him up to the Kentucky Derby.   

Derby Points (90)
   

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(9) 
GOUVERNEUR MORRIS (Constitution - Addison Run, by Unbridled’s Song) -  Previous Ranking (#7)

 


Trainer (Todd Pletcher) - Owner (Team Valor International & WinStar Farm LLC)

Latest Workout: 4f in 48.92 (5/12) at Palm Beach Downs on May 22.

Comments: He still needs to prove himself in the graded ranks. He was not disgraced in his three grade one outings (Breeders’ Futurity, Florida Derby, Arkansas Derby), and won both of his non-stakes attempts. He never had a chance to catch controlling speed Charlatan in the first division of the Arkansas Derby. He is back in Florida and is possible for the Belmont Stakes.   

Derby Points (34)

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(10) 
FARMINGTON ROAD (Quality Road - Silver La Belle, by Langfuhr) - Previous Ranking (#9)

Trainer (Todd Pletcher) - Owner (Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Chrysalis Stables, Robert LaPenta)

Latest Workout: 4f in 48.84 (3/12) at Palm Beach Downs on May 22.

Comments: He has been slowly improving at longer distances. He graduated around two turns in his third career start at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 12, and was a wide 4th from an outer post in the first division of the Risen Star (G2) at nine furlongs on Feb. 15. He stayed on nicely at Fair Grounds in the aforementioned Risen Star, and added blinkers and finished a good 2nd in the Oaklawn Stakes April 11. He was right back at Oaklawn for the second division of the Arkansas Derby, and he made a wide middle move in an okay 4th place finish. The Belmont Stakes is one of the logical options for him.    

Derby Points (15)

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(11) 
MODERNIST (Uncle Mo - Symbolic Gesture, Bernardini) - Previous Ranking (#11)

Trainer (Bill Mott) - Owner (Martin & Pam Wygod)

Latest Workout: 4f in 49.40 (4/5) at Payson Park on May 20.

Comments: He broke his maiden in his third start Jan. 25, and jumped up and captured a division of the Risen Star (G2) in his first start vs. winners Feb. 15. He ended up a respectable 3rd in the Louisiana Derby (G2), and the well-bred colt got some time to mature after the Kentucky Derby was pushed back four months. He returned to the worktab May 13 and could end up in the Belmont Stakes if he progresses fast enough. They are not going to press him to make the Belmont, but that is the likely target if he is ready in time.   

Derby Points (70)

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THE NEXT NINE: (12) 
Ete Indien, (13) Sole Volante, (14) Enforceable, (15) Basin, (16) Dr Post, (17) Major Fed, (18) Pneumatic, (19) Basquiat, (20) Casino Grande

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