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Updated June 9, 2013 @ 12:19 p.m. ET



 

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FRAC DADDY
FREEDOM CHILD
GIANT FINISH
GOLDEN SOUL
INCOGNITO
MIDNIGHT TABOO
ORB
OVERANALYZE
OXBOW
PALACE MALICE
REVOLUTIONARY
UNLIMITED BUDGET
VYJACK
WILL TAKE CHARGE

 

FRAC DADDY (KY)
Trainer: Ken McPeek
Owner: Magic City Thoroughbred Partners
Breeder: Nancy M. Leonard Living Trust
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Scat Daddy (Johannesburg, Love Style)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Skipper's Mate (Skip Away, Power Play)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-0-4-1-0 (10) 2.33
Foal Date: March 5, 2010


$20,000 Keeneland November 2010.
$50,000 Keeneland September 2011.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 12 NOTE: “I’m leaning towards maybe running him in the Holy Bull,” said trainer McPeek after Frac Daddy worked on even terms in company with Golden Ticket. "We  don’t have to decide today. We’ll just see how he does for the next week or two. It was a good work, excellent. They pretty much worked together. He got a little tired the last part of it, but we’re getting him ready. I’ll either run him in an allowance or the stake. I can take that up to a few days before."

Jan. 21 NOTE: “I’m leaning toward the Holy Bull,” trainer McPeek said after Frac Daddy breezed. “Nothing set in stone. I’ll wait until Wednesday and see how he’s eating and see how he’s doing. No pressure. It was a nice solid breeze. We didn’t want to go too fast the first three-eighths. He finished up the last quarter and galloped out good. He went the last quarter in :24 3/5 and galloped out three-quarters in 1:14. He worked faster last week, but he worked too fast last week. (The Kentucky Jockey Club) was an excellent race. He just got a smidgeon tired. It was only his third race. The other horse was going on six or seven. I think we can run with (Shanghai Bobby).”

Jan. 26, Grade III Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Frac Daddy finished sixth, beaten 16 3/4 lengths by Itsmyluckyday. The latter part of his post parade didn't go well, and he was fractious at the gate. Then he grabbed a quarter during the race, which looked pretty nasty in a photo tweeted by trainer McPeek after he made a post-race comment set out below. The chart call: "Frac Daddy settled in along the rail in opening stages, continued to stalk the pace in the backstretch, asked for response nearing the far turn, raced three wide into the lane and failed to kick in the drive."

Ken McPeek:  “He just didn’t run his race today.  We were hoping for a better performance, but we’ll look him over and come up with a plan to move on from here.”

Jan. 29 NOTE: Trainer McPeek tweets photo of Frac Daddy's foot, recovering from grabbed quarter, saying it's better but still tender to the touch.

Jan. 30 NOTE: “I don’t know when he did it, whether he did it coming out or the gate or pulling up,” trainer McPeek said. “He’ll probably miss 4 or 5 days, but it could be as long as two weeks, depending on how sore it is.”

Feb. 4 NOTE: Ken McPeek tweets, "Frac Daddy foot much better."

Feb. 9 NOTE: Ken McPeek tweeted, "Frac foot seems fine. Workout two more times and find a good spot for him."

Feb. 22 NOTE: This tweet from Kenny McPeek today: "Frac Daddy slow progress on throat ulcer issue. Behind Eight Ball a bit. Schedule may point him to @Turfway Mar23rd. Assuming all goes well."

March 2 NOTE: Agent Tony Matos said Garrett Gomez would ride Frac Daddy in the Grade III Spiral Stakes on March 23.

March 16 NOTE: Now it looks like the Grade I Florida Derby is more probable. “He grabbed the quarter in the Holy Bull really bad. I think that was probably more an issue than the throat (ulcer)," said trainer McPeek. "Then, again, maybe it was the throat,” McPeek said. “It’s been really a tough one to get together. We’ve had to wait a long time here. Another week won’t hurt him. I’m more inclined to keep him here, because of the extra week, and we can school him a little more, and he’s been training over this track.”

March 23 NOTE: Trainer McPeek on Frac Daddy: "He's a big, immature colt. He's a big Baby Huey."

March 30, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/18 Mile. Frac Daddy finished seventh, beaten 18 lengths by Orb and a time of 1:50.87.

April 13, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Overanalyze, in a major form reversal, came from off the pace to win in dominant fashion. Best by 4 1/4 lengths, he was timed in 1:51.94 as horses struggled to get home over Oaklawn Park's long stretch. Falling Sky, who set the pace in fractions of :23.32, :47.64, 1:12.57 and 1:39.22, fell back to fourth as the winner, Frac Daddy and Carve all got by him in the final eighth mile. Only a length separated the second, third and fourth finishers. Oxbow finished fifth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths, after running ninth or tenth of 10 in the early going.

Ken McPeek, second on Frac Daddy and first with Java's War in the Blue Grass: "The day was excellent. It makes all of the hard work you put in worth it. I couldn't see (from watching on TV in KY) what happened that caused the objection, but he had to put it in. But my horse ran great and he punched his ticket to the Derby. In the past he's shown a lot of talent, and today he put it together. Victor did a very good job riding him. He let him settle and then kept him in the clear.

Victor Lebron, second on Frac Daddy: “My colt ran a game race. I’m happy with second place.”

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Frac Daddy finished sixteenth, beaten 24 1/4 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after starting out in eighth and regressing from that point forward.

Ken McPeek (Via Twitter) -- “Both colts tried hard. No major excuses here at Barn 6. Congrats to Shug and his staff. Well deserved for Phipps and Janney families.”

Victor Lebron – “We had a good time out there. We had fun. He broke good and everything. We had a clear break to the first turn but by the three-quarter pole I just didn’t have anything.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Frac Daddy was fourteenth, beaten 63 3/4 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Frac Daddy hustled away from the starting gate, vied for command for nearly a half, faded while not being asked for run down the stretch."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Frac Daddy demonstrated a lot of potential in his three starts at age two. The late-developing colt worked his way through traffic to finish second in his career debut at Belmont Park on Oct. 4 before scoring in a two-turn 1 1/16-mile race at Churchill Downs by nearly 10 lengths on Nov. 3.

Nov. 3, Maiden Special Weight, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Breaking from post 12 at 6-5 odds, Frac Daddy was supposed to win, but he drew off to prevail by 9 3/4 lengths under David Cohen. His time was 1:45.65. He was close to the lead early while three wide, then made a bid for the lead on the far turn.

Assistant trainer Phil Bauer: “He was ultra-impressive to break from the 12-hole and then draw off like that. I’m not sure what he beat, but when you win like that, it doesn’t matter. We’ll definitely look at the (Kentucky Jockey Club) and see. If you watch his first race at Belmont, he was pretty green. He still has room for improvement, which is a scary thing.”

Nov. 17 NOTE: Following a workout: “He did incredible. He did it easy. He’s a very talented horse,” trainer McPeek said.

Nov. 22 NOTE: “We know he’s good,” trainer McPeek said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how he runs against a horse like Uncaptured and some other horses that have shown some talent. It’s a good barometer for next year."

Nov. 24, Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Uncaptured (9-5), Frac Daddy (5-2) Dewey Square (6-1) and Tesseron (8-1), the four favorites, ran one-two-three-four in the order of their odds. Uncaptured outlasted a tenacious Frac Daddy in deep stretch to win by a neck, timed in 1:44.97. Dewey Square was beaten 1 1/2 length, and Tesseron was beaten 2 1/4 lengths. The winner was awarded only a 75 Beyer.
 
Uncaptured tracked pacesetter Track Rocker, who clicked off fractions of :23.37 and :49.16. Frac Daddy rated just behind Uncaptured down the backstretch. With three furlongs left, Uncaptured and Frac Daddy made their moves. Frac Daddy, racing four-wide, poked his head in front but Uncaptured fought him off.

The chart call: "Frac Daddy attended the pace four wide, came to level terms with three furlongs to run, poked his head in front leaving the second turn, slugged it out through a prolonged drive but missed in a valiant effort."

Ken McPeek: “I really trained him conservatively coming into it. I could have trained him a little harder and, in hindsight, I think maybe I would have won it. But I’m thrilled with his race. I think if you give him two or three more starts under his belt, I don’t think Uncaptured wants anything to do with him.”


“I’d like to get one race into him before the Fountain of Youth and then come back for the Florida Derby,” McPeek said. “I think this horse has got a good a chance as any horse I’ve had in my career."

Dec. 19 NOTE: “I was around Skip Away when Sonny Hine had him, and this horse reminds me of him. He’s out of a Skip Away mare. Physically, he looks like Skip Away, so that’s kind of neat,” trainer McPeek said. “Having been around a few good horses in my time, I think this horse could be any kind. The most impressive was his first race. It looked like he had every reason to lay down, but he kept fighting back to finish second, kind of weaving his way through traffic. The second race was just dominant. We knew he was good. I was a little concerned about how he’d handle Churchill. It was amazing how powerful he was. In his third race I thought I could have trained him a little harder. He might have beaten the other horse. He got a little tired. Having been around a few good horses in my time, I think this horse could be any kind. If he improves the way I expect him to, we’ve got a big chance to be in the middle of a lot of nice races.

Dec. 29 NOTE: Frac Daddy still being pointed to the Grade II Fountain of Youth on Feb 23.

 

 

FREEDOM CHILD (KY)
Trainer: Tom Albertrani
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm LLCBreeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy, Macoumba)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Bandstand (Deputy Minister, City Band)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 10-7-11-0-0 (28) 4.09
Foal Date: May 18, 2010


$350,000 Fasig-Tipton August 2011.

 

PEFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 9, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Freedom Child finished third beaten 2 3/4 lengths by St Vigeur. He was third or second at each call.

March 10, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Freedom Child set the pace and won by 5 1/4 lengths while timed in 1:50.96 under Elvis Trujillo at 5-2 odds. Eight ran. The fractions were :23.14, :46.83, 1:11.56 and 1:37.33. The chart call: "Freedom Child set the pace off the rail, drew away to commanding lead on the far turn, then remained well clear to the wire under urging."

April 6, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 Mile. Freedom Child raced for purse money only after getting tangled up with an assistant starter when the gate opened. He was seen as a pace factor but instead wound up in the nearly at the back of the field early in the race and finished tenth of 10.

May 11, Grade II Peter Pan Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Freedom Child got away from the gate a bit slowly, but that didn't last long as he led at each call to romp. He'd been bet down to 7-2 from a 12-1 morning line. In the process, the Belmont Stakes probably picked up at least one more entry. Under Luis Saez, Freedom Child set splits on a rain-soaked track rated sloppy/sealed of :23.51, :46.67, 1:10.88 and 1:35.95 before passing the finish line in 1:49.09 -- and winning by 13 1/4 lengths. Saint Viguer gained third a quarter-mile from home and moved up a spot from there to finish second. Abraham, third during much of the race, was nosed out for the show by longshot Go Get the Basil, who was beaten 15 1/2 lengths.

Tom Albertrani, winning trainer: “He was standing fine right until the time they were getting ready to break. He started getting his head up in the air and I think he got off a step slow. The plan was to be on the lead, and luckily he was able to quicken up leaving the gate and get to an easy lead. So, it worked out well. I was very pleased to see him win like that.

"I didn’t think he would actually draw away by that many lengths. Once I saw him on the lead like that, I was pretty confident at the half-mile pole by the way he was traveling. There’s a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ about what could have happened in the Wood, but at least we have a nice horse. Hopefully, this might lead us to the Belmont.”

Luis Saez, winning jockey: “He was a little slow coming out of there. The last time he had a bad break. I just put him in the race and he responded perfect. In the chute he wanted to run, so I let him run. It was my first time winning a big race here. I’m so happy.”

Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, part owner: “We thought we were set to run well in the Wood; we just had a little bit of bad luck. The next day we put a circle around the Peter Pan.”

“With the pedigree, all the experts were talking about how the Malibu Moons would relish the off going, so we weren’t that concerned. They all have to run over the same race track. We thought we were coming in with a loaded gun. We knew there were some quality horses in there, but we thought if he had the chance to go down the backside on the lead and got his air, he’d be tough to beat.”

“I think we’re going to go to the Belmont Stakes in about four weeks. I hope Orb runs well in the Preakness and the whole world is watching...the Belmont Stakes, and I hope we have the chance to upset the apple cart.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Freedom Child was thirteenth, beaten 58 1/2 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Freedom Child contested the pace from the two path for the opening mile, steadily retreated upon departing the backstretch, turned for home under a protective hold."

PEFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Freedom Child raced twice and didn't win. He was eighth in his debut, beaten 24 1/4 lengths by Stormy Len going seven furlongs at Belmont Park. Second time out, he was second in a one-mile maiden special weight, beaten two lengths by Orb.

 

 

GIANT FINISH (NY)
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Owner: Sunrise Stables, Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan & Bob Smith
Breeder: Andrew Cohen
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Frost Giant (Giant's Causeway, Takesmybreathaway)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Apocalyptic (Hickman Creek, Sign Language)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-1-17-0-0 (22) 1.59
Foal Date: Jan. 31, 2010


No auction history.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 17, Entry Level Allowance, Aqueduct, One Mile 70 Yards. Giant Finish won again versus New York-breds, timed in 1:44.83 and prevailing by 2 3/4 lengths over Sinistra. Cornelio Velasquez was on him again.

March 2, John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Giant Finish came second to General Election, beaten a half-length. The time was 1:46.13. Giant Finish was a four-wide part of a pace battle on Polytrack and did well to hit the board after drifting out and bumping a competitor in upper stretch.

March 23, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Giant Finish finished third after being in second place at the first three calls. Black Onyx won in his first stakes effort. Rated in fifth and sixth in the early going just behind Uncaptured, Black Onyx was never far off the pace. With a quarter-mile run in :23.74 and a half in :48.30, he was 4 1/2, then 2 1/2 lengths back of the pace set by Mac the Man. Mac the Man began to fade as the field headed for the far turn, impeding an oncoming Fear the Kitten. Taken by the Storm got the lead with six furlongs run in 1:13.00, with Giant Finish just behind and Black Onyx third, a length back of the lead. Uncaptured was right there in fourth position, where he'd been all the way.

Black Onyx challenged Taken by the Storm into the stretch and got by him inside the furlong marker for the win. Uncaptured stayed on for the place, beaten 1 1/2 length. Giant Finish was another length back in third, and it was another length to fourth and Taken by the Storm.

The race was timed in 1:51.98.

Jose Espinoza: “He took a very good position, and he kept dragging me all the way around. When I asked him to go, I thought he’d have a lot of kick in the end, but he just kept on with a steady run. He’s pretty much a professional horse.  He has a lot of class.”

Mark Hubley, assistant to Anthony Dutrow: “Really pleased with the effort.  He tends to hang a little bit, but I thought overall he ran well.”

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Giant Finish finished tenth, beaten 14 1/4 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after running mid-pack the majority of the trip.

Ray Handal (assistant to Tony Dutrow) – “He ran great. He ran hard. He’s tired and rightfully so. He ran a great race. We’re pleased with him.”

Jose Espinoza – “He didn’t handle the track very well.  I had great position all the way around but he just wasn’t getting a hold of the track.“

May 23 NOTE: Giant Finish was confirmed for the Belmont Stakes on May 22. He surprised trainer Dutrow by finishing tenth in the Kentucky Derby. “I think the horse gave us a great effort and under all circumstances considered I respect him getting a chance in the Belmont," Dutrow said. “I’m not making any predictions, but I do think the mile and a half will be good for our horse.” A jockey hasn't been named.

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Giant Finish was eleventh, beaten 35 1/4 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Giant Finish worked out a tuck along the rail shortly before reaching the end of the homestretch, tired off the subsequent ground-saving journey."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Giant Finish won his debut on Nov. 3 going six furlongs at Aqueduct, timed in 1:11.13 racing against fellow New York-breds. He and Cornelio Velasquez employed a pressing style to get it done. Glowing Ember finished second, beaten 1 1/2 length, and the third finisher was five more lengths back.

His second and final race of the year came on Dec. 9 in the restricted Damon Runyon Stakes. Giant Finish was fifth, beaten 13 3/4 lengths.

 


 

GOLDEN SOUL (KY)
Trainer; Dallas Stewart
Owner: Charles Fipke
Breeder: Charles Fipke
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Perfect Soul (IRE) (Sadler‘s Wells, Ball Chairman)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Hollywood Gold (Mr. Prospector, Lady In Silver)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 11-5-18-4-0 (38) 1.92
Foal Date: May 14, 2010

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 18 NOTE: I think he’s going to be kind of a ‘longer the better’ type of horse,” trainer Stewart said.

Jan. 19, Grade III Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards. Golden Soul finished second, but it was a little over 11 lengths second as Oxbow led throughout to win in 1:43.30.

Dallas Stewart: “I thought he finished great. It was a slow pace, and he finished well. We were second today, but we’ll take that. I hope (he'll be back in the Risen Star). As long as he comes out of this in good shape, that’s the way we’re headed.”

Brian Hernandez Jr.: “We were between horses the whole way, although he’s one of the rare few that’s able to handle being between horses the whole time. When I squeezed on him, he picked it up nicely; the winner was just a little more seasoned and a little bit better horse today. We ran a nice second. He finished good and I think the distance will help him. The further they go the better he’ll get. And it’s only his third start, so to step up like he did in the Lecomte, there’s no denying he’s a good horse.”

THE NEXT DAY: “(T)he colt gave a good effort... The pace in the Lecomte was pretty slow, but he was finishing good. As the distances get longer, then I think he’ll do better," trainer Stewart said.

Feb. 24, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Golden Soul and Miguel Mena finished sixth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths. They were sixth or seventh at every point in the race. Ive Struck A Nerve rallied on the outside to win from last position at the first call. The time was 1:44.52. The chart call: "Golden Soul raced near the inside on the first turn, was reserved off the pace, came under urging on the far turn, swung five wide into the stretch and lacked the needed kick."

March 30, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Golden Soul was last of 14 at the first two calls and thirteenth after six furlongs. After making a sustained run from the 5/8 pole to the furlong marker, he finished fourth.  Revolutionary and Mylute both came from far back to run one-two. Revolutionary took the overland route to win. Unhurried early, he was about a dozen behind a fast early pace, while Mylute was nine to 11 lengths back. Hip Four Sixtynine and Titletown Five alternated for the early lead with splits of :22.84 and :46.34. They tired to six in 1:11.84, and Revolutionary was only 2 3/4 lengths behind at that point, with Mylute four lengths back of the pace. Revolutionary launched a bid five wide in the far turn -- it looked like eight. Mylute, at 19-1, went four and five wide and briefly got the lead at the sixteenth pole but hung a bit, and Revolutionary prevailed by a neck over Mylute, timed in 1:50.28. Finishing third, three lengths farther back, was Departing. Fourth was Golden Soul, who was beaten 4 3/4 lengths.

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Golden Soul, the next-to-last horse to make the Derby field, came running late with Robby Albarado in the irons to finish second, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89, and a length ahead of Revolutionary, who made a late charge up the rail. Golden Soul was fifteenth, 18 1/4 lengths behind after a half-mile.

Dallas Stewart – “We got beat by a great horse. He ran terrific. I’m so proud of Robby . He vindicated himself. He’s just a great rider and gave this horse a great ride. And Chuck Fipke, what can I say? One of the best (owners) ever.’’

Robby Albarado – “It was great. I thought I had a great chance turning for home.  I saw Orb up there. I’m just thankful for the opportunity. It’s amazing to get the opportunity. It was stop and go. I was comfortable with the pace. Stop and go just a couple times. I got a great inside trip. I got him out. He came running.’’

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Golden Soul was ninth, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Golden Soul settled to be two to three wide coming to the first turn, brought up the back of the pack one-paced, tipped outward and loosely drafted behind Orb during the run around the second bend, made no headway once into the stretch.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Golden Soul finished second in his debut at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8, beaten a head by Sayler’s Creek after rallying from ninth of 12 and splitting horses. The winning time was 1:37.08.

The colt finished strongly to win a Dec. 30 two-turn maiden special weight at Fair Grounds. Only five ran, but he won by 7 1/4 lengths. The 1 1/16-mile race was clocked in 1:46.86. Golden Soul was much closer to the early lead than he was in his debut.

Dec. 31 NOTE: “I think he’s a really good one, I really do. He’s trained so well, has a lot of talent and ran real well first-time out,” said trainer Stewart. “We’ve got some very high hopes for him. We’re going to take our time with him. He’s a late foal, May 14. I think he’s unlimited on distance. We’re going to do the smart thing and take our time. The Lecomte might be pushing it but we’ll have to wait and see.”

 

 

INCOGNITO (KY)
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Darley Stable
Breeder: Darley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew, Weekend Surprise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Octave (Unbridled's Song, Belle Nuit)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-16-20-0-1 (44) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 10, 2010

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 12, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile. Incognito finished third, beaten 5 1/4 lengths by Elnaawi. He finished well and galloped out well.

Feb. 17, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile 70 Yards. Incognito was beaten only a neck by Mr Palmer, who went on to win the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel. The race was timed in 1:43.32. The third finisher was 6 1/2 lengths back.

March 16, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile. Running in a heavy snowfall and favored at 4-5 odds, Incognito won under a hand ride administered by Mike Luzzi, timed in 1:37.62. He sat behind Tapulous, the second choice, went ahead when asked and cruised home. Seven ran.

April 13, Allowance/Optional Claiming, Aqueduct, One Mile. At 8-5 odds, Incognito was shut off for most of the stretch and clipped heels with one of his opponents before he found space and made a late surge to get up at the wire by a nose. It was a performance that turned heads. Under Mike Luzzi, Incognitow was timed in 1:36.79.

May 2 NOTE: “He had a crazy race last time where he was in tight and clipped heels and came on to win,” said trainer McLaughlin. “A really nice horse, but he has to keep stepping up. We know Incognito wants (the Belmont distance).”

May 11, Grade II Peter Pan Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile. On a track rated sloppy/sealed,  Incognito never impacted the race and finished fifth of nine, beaten 15 3/4 lengths by the front-running Freedom Child, timed in 1:49.09.

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Palace Malice was fourth by only two lengths after a half-mile run in a brisk :46.66. Just in front of him were Frac Daddy, Oxbow and Freedom Child, in that order.  Oxbow proceeded to put away Frac Daddy, and he was on the lead after six furlongs run in 1:10.35, with Freedom Child and Palace Malice very close by. After a mile run in 1:36.47, Freedom Child was on the precipice of a major retreat, and Gary Stevens and Oxbow clung tenaciously to the lead, with Palace Malice only a half-length behind them. Revolutionary had already begun a surge that pushed him up to fourth, and Orb was ratcheting up a run from 13th position after a half-mile. Incognito was fifth after running sixth in the early going. Mike Smith struck the lead on Palace Malice turning for home. The mile and a quarter had gone in 2:03.12. Down the stretch, Oxbow was still tracking Palace Malice but losing ground, and Revolutionary's run had stalled out. Orb and Incognito finished willingly, but they couldn't touch the winner. Palace Malice hit the finish line in 2:30.70. Incognito was fourth by six lengths. The chart call: "Incognito, unhurried from off the inside and from between rivals for a good portion of the opening stages, was guided over to the inside making his way around the far turn, cut the corner into the lane, altered course gradually making his way through the furlong grounds, lacked a solid late closing punch."

Kiaran McLaughlin: “We’re very pleased to finish fourth. I thought he ran a great race, and we’re very happy with him.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

He raced once and finished fifth, beaten 12 1/2 lengths by Long River going a mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct.

 

 

MIDNIGHT TABOO (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Upson Downs Farm & EICO Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Langfuhr (CAN) (Danzig, Sweet Briar Too (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Hot Red (Thunder Gulch, Turbo Launch)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-8-0-0 (16) 3.00
Foal Date: April 6, 2010

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

April 6, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile.
Midnight Taboo won by three lengths, timed in 1:37.66. He pressed an honest early pace under John Velazquez and took over hitting the turn before drawing off. He was sent off at 4-5 odds.

May 8, Entry Level Allowance, Belmont Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Midnight Taboo was beaten two lengths by Irsaal and a time of 1:43. He was two lengths off the pace at every call. He had a classic troubled trip, bothered three times in the stretch under John Velazquez.  He kept getting behind rivals and holes that closed up, and he kept trying.

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Midnight Taboo was twelfth, beaten 49 1/4 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Midnight Taboo off the inside, was no factor.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Midnight Taboo raced once, finishing second by 7 1/2 lengths to Jocosity in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Saratoga. He was off the rest of the year.

 

 

ORB (KY)
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Owner: Stuart S. Janney III & Phipps Stable
Breeder: Stuart S. Janney III LLC & Phipps Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy, Macoumba)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lady Liberty (Unbridled, Mesabi Maiden)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 11-12-15-0-2 (40) 3.21
Foal Date: Feb. 24, 2010

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 26, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Orb started slowly, had to be checked, then went from last to first in a quarter-mile, although the field was fairly compact at the time he made his move. But he did that from behind moderate fractions during the first six furlongs. He defeated a stubborn, front-running Duke of the City by a length and appeared to be waiting on horses after he got the lead inside the furlong marker. The fractions and final time were :24.32, :49.11, 1:13.58, 1:37.69, 1:51.05. Two races earlier, 3-year-old Cerro won an allowance at the same distance in 1:50.29.

The chart call: Orb raced in tight going into the first turn, steadied slightly and raced in the back in opening quarter, continued to pull in early stages, forced to settle in under patient handling, given permission to pick up the pace in the backstretch, edged up to the leader near the quarter pole, matched strides with Duke of the City into the stretch, shook free in the final sixteenth and continued clear to the wire."

Shug McGaughey: “He’s not fast, so (getting in trouble behind horses) going to happen sometimes. (Joel Rosario) was trying to keep him down in there. I’m glad, because that way he got a little schooling. I think there’s a lot left there. It was the first time I was able to get him stretched out around two turns. When I brought him down here this winter, I said ‘He might be a nice horse when we get him back to Aqueduct this spring.' I’m very pleased today.”“I’ve had trouble with him at the gate. The first two times I ran him, he was terrible in the gate. He came up against some good horses, too, like Violence."

Feb. 23, Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Too-swift early fractions were made to order for a late run by Orb. Majestic Hussar set fractions of :23.11, :45.45 and 1:08.85. Cerro was in closest pursuit up the back, followed by Sr. Quisqueyano, Violence and Elmutahid. Speak Logistics and Orb played it cool near the back of the nine-horse field. Violence edged closer to Majestic Hussar heading into the second turn and was within a half-length at six furlongs. Violence got to the furlong marker with a 1 1/2-length lead, but Orb, ridden by John Velazquez, was coming at them and surged past to beat Violence by a half-length. The time was a solid 1:42.24. Speak Logistics also closed, but not as quickly as Orb, to finish third, beaten 7 1/4 lengths.

The winner was getting six pounds from Violence. It was Orb's second race with Lasix.

Trainer Shug McGaughey: "I was watching on the television, so I couldn't see the fractions, but when they came into the picture I said to myself, 'If they slow down, he's going to catch them.' Of course, Violence kept going a bit, but I still thought we had him. When he made the lead, he did the same thing he did in the allowance race here, pulling himself up a bit. But that's just being young. The strides he has made this winter are just absolutely incredible...I think what happened is when Orb made the lead, he started looking around a bit. But I think Violence made him that much more competitive. I hope that's what it was.

"I don't know what his next outing will be, but we'll see and talk to the Phipps and Stuart Janney and see what they want to do and go from there."

Asked if he was worried about the Kentucky Derby: "I've been worried about it since I started rubbing horses in 1972."

"John Velazquez said everything went great. I was concerned about the one post and the mile and sixteenth. I would have liked it to have been 1 1/8 but it wasn't. So there was nothing we could do but it worked out."

John Velazquez: “There was a lot of speed, and I was actually able to get right where I wanted to be pretty early. I was told the horse likes to be on the outside, and by the time we got on the backside, I was able to switch him out, and he was going along nice and smooth. I actually had to ride him pretty hard from the half-mile to the quarter pole to keep position, and I hoped it wouldn’t take anything out of him for the stretch but it actually worked out great, so I was right where I wanted to be.”

March 26 NOTE: “Like I said after the Fountain of Youth, I wake up every morning thinking of winning the Kentucky Derby. I wish I’d won it a long time ago so I wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore,” trainer McGaughey said. “The reason I don’t get Derby Fever is that I want to take the right horse.”

March 30, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/18 Mile. Orb did what trainer McGaughey hoped he'd do, and that's take him a step closer to the Kentucky Derby. Orb and John Velazquez initially set up a couple of lengths behind the pace set by Merit Man, who was pressed by Narvaez. Itsmyluckyday was tracking those two outside of two-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby, who was on the rail after breaking from post 1. Merit Man and Narvaez went the first quarter-mile in :24.74 and the half in :48.56, and at the second call Orb was in fifth position, four lengths from the front.

Merit Man and Kent Desormeaux still led after six furlongs in 1:12.89, but Itsmyluckyday was getting closer. With a mile booked in 1:37.70, Itsmyluckyday was on the lead. But Orb was not to be denied. After circling four wide on the second turn, he caught Itsmyluckyday, the 8-5 post time favorite, inside the furlong marker. Orb separated himself from Itsmyluckyday to prevail by 2 3/4 lengths. Merit Man and Narvaez, both making their two-turn debuts, stayed on for third and fourth, beaten five lengths and 10 lengths, respectively. Shanghai Bobby finished fifth, 3/4 length behind Narvaez.

Orb was timed in 1:50.87.That was almost two seconds slower than Dreaming of Julia's 1:48.97 in the Grade II Gulfstream Oaks earlier on the card. She won by 21 3/4 lengths and is bound for the Kentucky Oaks.

Shug McGaughey: “I’m pretty excited about the first Florida Derby I’ve ever won. I’m just glad to see the horse take another step, and we’ll go from there. Johnny did a good job getting him in position. I got a little nervous on the turn when it looked like he backed up a little bit, but he switched on his right lead and came with his run. I do think he beat a nice horse that finished second.

“From the Fountain of Youth to now, he’s a different horse, physically and coat-wise. Hopefully, he’ll keep going forward. It’s really exciting. I’d never won the Fountain of Youth, and now to win the Florida Derby, it’s exciting. I’m happy for all the people who have put so much work into it. I’m just tickled to death for the Janneys and the Phippses than I am for myself. It’s a big thrill for me.

“The Derby is my dream, but we never tried to overdo it. Hopefully, this is the one who can take us there.

"He trained fairly sharp, and I told my son in the paddock, I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks OK and he won't be as far back. Now I didn't know they were going to go 24 and change either. So I wasn't too surprised where he was. The one thing you don't know is if it will take away from the run or not and, obviously, it didn't.

"I never wanted to run the wrong kind of horse because I know what the consequences would be. We're trying to set up to have horses that will run later on and keep going, so I've learned if you press on too early, maybe something will happen where they don't make it or they'll peak too soon. When I ran this horse the first time in September I didn't believe he would be a Derby horse, but we were hoping that somewhere along the line, one of the colts would go through the development stage and take us there, as we do every year."

John Velazquez: "The first jump from the gate wasn't very good so I had to kind of ask him to get into the game in the first turn. Trujillo (Itsmyluckyday) started coming out on the first turn..I let him out. I thought he was the horse to beat. So I followed him. I was right behind him. I wasn't too far from him. About the half-mile pole I said, 'I'm going to put a little pressure on him,' because it looked like he was going a little too easy. I got to him, we started moving together. At the three-eighths pole I showed the whip to my horse, and he kind of went to get him a little too soon. So I kind of sat against the horse. The reason I wanted to do that was I didn't want to get ahead way too soon in the race and then he'd be waiting. Once we did that, and I asked him, he responded right away. It was impressive. Once I asked him, he was there for me, and I couldn't ask for a better feeling than that.

"Once you get him out of the paddock and on the racetrack he's beautiful, he doesn't do anything wrong on the track. I like to warm him up with the pony and then jog him by myself and take my feet out of the irons, he's perfect. I think he just feels a little crowded in the paddock and that's it. Once he's on the track, he's very good."

Velazquez said trackside that Orb "definitely" has what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby.

Stuart Janney III (owner-breeder – Orb): Obviously, he is very calm, although he has shown some signs of a horse I had here some years ago (Coronado’s Quest). With him, you got the feeling you were trying to disarm a nuclear device. (Orb) acted up just a little, and I had a brief panic attack, but after he was saddled he was calm. He seems to be a horse that could take us there with his temperament and style.

"You know, you can be in this game so many different ways. You can buy them or, like I do, try to breed them. I was very lucky a lot of years ago to take over some very good bloodlines from my parents. And this was particularly a bloodline that was their best. So I feel a great sense of pride that we've been able to produce some very good horses out of this particular line because it goes back through my parents to my grandmother. And it's a lot of fun, frankly, to run this horse with Dinny Phipps. His father was...very special. I really wasn't necessarily going to get into the game. He came to me and said, 'I'll be your partner. I'd like it if Shug trains the horses we own together.'And for me it was wonderful because, first of all, I enjoy doing it and, secondly, I got the benefit of his advice and I also got a reasonably good trainer. So to do this with the extended members of my family is also a wonderful aspect of this."

(Note: Coronado’s Quest finished second in the 1998 Hutcheson Stakes and Fountain of Youth Stakes before a fifth-place finish in the Florida Derby.)

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Orb, whose odds were 8-1 minutes before post time, dipped to 5-1 favoritism shortly before the gates opened and then won. Timed in 2:02.89 over a sloppy/sealed track, Orb and Joel Rosario took advantage of a swift early pace and swooped to the lead in the stretch. Palace Malice set hot fractions of :22.57, :45.33 and 1:09.80. He was chased through those splits initially by Goldencents, Falling Sky, Vyjack, Verrazano and Oxbow. Falling Sky was the first of them to fall back, then Vyjack went by the wayside. That got the field, led by Palace Malice, to the beginning of the far turn, but he began to tire. Goldencents dropped from fourth position to fifteenth in the span of a quarter-mile. Oxbow surged around the turn, and Verrazano was running one-paced.

Leaving the turn, Normandy Invasion, ridden by Javier Castellano, was the first of the late runners to strike the lead and looked like a winner turning for home after a mile in 1:36.16. But Orb got by him with an eighth of a mile to run and edged away from the field to win by 2 1/2 lengths. After a half-mile, Orb was in sixteenth place, 18 3/4 lengths off the lead.

Shug McGaughey -- "I still think there's something there.  I think there's more there.  I don't think we've bottomed out.  I think he's still learning how to run a little bit.  All winter we saw that same thing.  He would make the lead like he would go off and would kind of ease himself out.  His allowance race, Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby, and even today when he made the lead kind of thing, Joel did the right thing by sort of letting him drift out a little bit to see that horse come, and then he went on and finished. But I've seen some things that make me think that there is more there."

Joel Rosario -- "Well, when I brought him over, I know he's the kind of horse, I know he keeps going, and I can see he can catch the horse in front really quick.  As soon as I passed the last horse sometimes he likes to pull himself a little bit and kind of get after him a little bit, and he was going along well.  It all worked out good."

May 23 NOTE: Orb galloped this morning, and trainer McGaughey listed the things he would have to see happen to strongly consider a run in the Belmont Stakes: "If everything’s right, he’s doing right, puts his weight back on, his energy level’s good," the trainer told DRF.com. “If we hit any stumbling block along the way there are plenty of other good opportunities.”

May 18, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Orb finished fourth, beaten nine lengths by Oxbow. The chart call: "Orb bobbled inward at the break, recovered and moved up to be within range while saving ground around the first turn, eased off the inside and quickly reached a striking position between foes five furlongs out, dropped back a bit on his own entering the far turn, moved to the rail soon after, gave chase into the lane, angled out past the three sixteenths marker and finished with some interest between rivals."

 Shug McGaughey: “I’m disappointed. It was a great opportunity. We were 3-5 and we finished fourth. I would be disappointed any time you had this kind of opportunity and didn’t get it done. I don’t think two weeks had anything to do with it. Oxbow ran back in two weeks. Itsmyluckyday ran back in two weeks, Mylute ran back in two weeks. I just think he got himself in a position where he wasn’t comfortable and then without the pace scenario in front of him; they really weren’t spread out a little bit more than maybe I’d hoped. That probably affected him more than anything else.

“The pace was slower than I anticipated. I thought the pace would be quicker.  I thought maybe they would speed it up a little bit but they didn’t.  I still thought we would close into it, but it just wasn’t his day. He was just never real comfortable once he got down in there.  I’m  disappointed. I’ll probably be way more disappointed tomorrow but I know the game. It is highs and lows, probably more lows than highs. We had a great run two weeks ago. My hat’s off to Wayne to win his sixth Preakness. That’s pretty remarkable.”

Joel Rosario: “He was in a good spot early in the race. They were going slow up front and he was fine. When I got to the half-mile pole, he had a hard time keeping up. I used my stick to try to get him going. He usually takes you there. He always runs hard. But today he never took off. He just steadied. Today was not his day.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Palace Malice was fourth by only two lengths after a half-mile run in a brisk :46.66. Just in front of him were Frac Daddy, Oxbow and Freedom Child, in that order.  Oxbow proceeded to put away Frac Daddy, and he was on the lead after six furlongs run in 1:10.35, with Freedom Child and Palace Malice very close by. After a mile run in 1:36.47, Freedom Child was on the precipice of a major retreat, and Gary Stevens and Oxbow clung tenaciously to the lead, with Palace Malice only a half-length behind them. Revolutionary had already begun a surge that pushed him up to fourth, and Orb was ratcheting up a run from 13th position after a half-mile. Incognito was fifth after running sixth in the early going. Mike Smith struck the lead on Palace Malice turning for home. The mile and a quarter had gone in 2:03.12. Down the stretch, Oxbow was still tracking Palace Malice but losing ground, and Revolutionary's run had stalled out. Orb and Incognito finished willingly, but they couldn't touch the winner. Palace Malice hit the finish line in 2:30.70. Orb was third by five lengths. The chart call: "Orb,  well reserved from off the inside for the opening mile, was given his cue and unleashed a strong four wide move to reach contention, failed to sustain it while getting up for the show."

Shug McGaughey: “He just ran OK. He made a good run around the turn, but we had given up so much. The speed horses held all up front and we just couldn't catch them. It's been fun. I've got no problems with anything. Everything's fine with me. I just wish we had showed a little better performances in the Preakness and the Belmont. I don't think he got tired. He put a pretty good run in to get to where he was, and those horses just weren't coming back. If they had come back, we'd have been fine. They shook loose and we were just too far back to catch them. I thought there would be some pace. I was a little concerned because we were pretty far back."

Joel Rosario: “I thought I had a perfect trip. I saw they were going pretty quick up front, and he was handling everything fine. I moved him to the outside like he’s done before, but in the end I couldn’t even make it up to second. At a mile and a half, they are all going to get a little tired, but he was starting to get late. I felt when he was moving, I was pretty confident like in the Kentucky Derby, but maybe it was the mile and a half, or maybe he was just tired.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Orb failed to break his maiden in his first three starts, but he got the job done on Nov. 24 in his fourth time out -- and his second time going a mile.

Nov. 24, Maiden Special Weight, One Mile, Aqueduct. Orb won by two lengths at 9-2 odds under Joel Rosario, who must've known he had a lot of horse. The final time was 1:38.73. Orb was sixth of seven midway through the race, behind moderate fractions. Freedom Child was second. Revolutionary, the 1-5 favorite, was third, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

"Orb was patiently allowed to settle into stride proceeding down the chute, picked up the pace noticeably upon setting foot on the backstretch, moved into contention with a four wide run on the turn, was under strong handling spinning into the lane, lost none of the momentum and continued to close in on the runner up, wore down that rival in the late stages and kicked clear, kept to the task at hand."

 

 

OVERANALYZE (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Dixie Union (Dixieland Band, She's Tops)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Unacloud (Unaccounted For, Clouds Ambre)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-1-6-0-0 (12) 3.00
Foal Date: April 30, 2010


$380,000 Keeneland September 2011.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 2, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Overanalyze ran in fourth up the backstretch and was in excellent position around the turn, but he had nothing left for the stretch run. He finished fifth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths by Vyjack. Visually, it didn't look as close as that.

Michael McCarthy, assistant to Todd Pletcher: “He’s got a race under his belt now. Todd and (owner Mike Repole) will put their heads together and figure out a spot for him next time.”

John Velazquez: “I was where I wanted to be, perfect position, nice pace. He didn’t come up with any run at all. When we got to the turn at the three-eighths pole, he let go and just didn’t come with any run at all. Sometimes they need to get back to the distance again; maybe he needed the race.”

March 30 NOTE: “I think Normandy Invasion’s race at the Fair Grounds was kind of sneaky good,” said trainer Pletcher on March 29. “Now, if you go based on my horse (Overanalyze) and Delhomme, yes you have to look at it as a negative key race. We keep looking, and every kind of speed figure shows it was a fast, big number race. But, I don't think the race was horrible. The way (Overanalyze has) been training, I think he's ready to move forward, and he's going to have to.”

April 8 NOTE: Rafael Bejarano to replace John Velazquez in the Arkansas Derby.

April 13, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Overanalyze, in a major form reversal, came from off the pace to win in dominant fashion. Best by 4 1/4 lengths, he was timed in 1:51.94 as horses struggled to get home over Oaklawn Park's long stretch. Falling Sky, who set the pace in fractions of :23.32, :47.64, 1:12.57 and 1:39.22, fell back to fourth as the winner, Frac Daddy and Carve all got by him in the final eighth mile. Only a length separated the second, third and fourth finishers. Oxbow finished fifth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths, after running ninth or tenth of 10 in the early going.

Rafael Bejarano: "This is my Derby horse, I'm pretty sure. Thanks to Mr. Pletcher for giving me the opportunity to ride him today. My horse broke really good. I placed him right behind the early speed because I didn't want to rush him. At the half-mile pole, He started to chase the horses on the lead and he kicked clear. I had a beautiful trip. Once we got to the stretch, I felt like I had a lot of horse left and saved something for the next race."

Mike Repole, owner of Overanalyze (via phone): “When Johnny got off him after the Gotham he said he flattened out probably needed the race. Todd was going to run Verrazano in the Wood, so we decided to split the two horses up and come here. I wasn’t surprised that he won, but I was shocked at how easy he won. I’m really blessed to have a filly (Unlimited Budget) for the Oaks and now a colt for the Derby.”

On trainer Todd Pletcher having three other Kentucky Derby horses – “If I can’t win, I’m always rooting for Todd. It’s a great trainer, but he’s an even better friend.

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Overanalzye finished eleventh, beaten 13 1/2 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after running in thirteenth to sixteenth position in the early going.

Todd Pletcher -- “I had a hard time trying to follow his trip. He appeared to have a bit of trouble, but he was trying to run on at the end.”

Rafael Bejarano – “I was going good, then I got hit and bumped at the half-mile (pole). It threw him off. Then we got going again and he came running in the stretch. But it was too late.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Overanalyze was seventh, beaten 8 1/2 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Overanalyze was placed on to the inside route midway down the backstretch and rode it until upper stretch, came up empty when called upon."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Overanalyze won his debut on Aug. 9 going five furlongs at Saratoga. That was followed by a fourth-place finish in the seven-furlong, Grade I Hopeful on Sept. 3.

Sept. 30, Grade II Futurity, Belmont Park, Six Furlongs. Carried Interest ran tough between horses and emerged in the stretch from the multi-runner duel in command, only to see Overanalyze charge down the center of the track to win by 3 1/4 lengths, timed in 1:11.46. Overanalyze had all kinds of trouble early in the race. Initial splits were :22.80 and :46.43 set by Handsome Jack, with Carried Interest and favored Weekend Hideaway outside him. Carried Interest finished second, followed by Weekend Hideaway, who was three-quarters of a length back. Handsome Jack hung on for fourth.

Todd Pletcher: “We were hoping to maybe be in a stalking-type position, but he didn’t break great, then he got clobbered at the start and ended up way back. He recovered well and was running into the dirt, kept coming, showed a new dimension, finished really well and galloped out strongly. It was a pretty encouraging race.

“We have a few things to figure out with a few of these, and see how he comes out of it and go from there.”

John Velazquez: “He didn’t break. I’m thinking he’ll come out of there running, and he’s on the bit and then the gate opened and the horse next to me went ‘vroom.’ He closed up really good. You have to be happy with the way he did it. He took a little dirt and came running. He did it really good.”

Oct. 17 NOTE: Overanalyze will not go to Breeders' Cup. Instead, the Grade II Nashua at Aqueduct or Grade III Iroquois at Churchill Downs. “I’m a pro-Lasix person,” owner Repole said. “It’s the one drug that can prevent a horse from bleeding and help a horse. I’ve spoken to a lot of veterinarians and a lot of trainers who have given me enough information to make me feel Lasix is a drug that horses need. For them to experiment on one of America’s biggest racing days and stages makes no sense. It’s kind of par for the course.”

Oct. 28, Grade III Iroquois Stakes, Churchill Downs, One Mile. Overanalyze finished third, beaten eight lengths by Uncaptured. The chart call: "Overanalzye, with the early pace outside rivals, lost position into the turn, moved out five wide with less than three furlongs to go and improved his position while no threat."

Julien Leparoux: “My trip could have been better.  He broke good, but coming to the turn he got squeezed and we kind of fell back after that. Then we ended up being wide, but he still came back in the stretch. He ran a good race, but he had a tough trip.”

Nov. 14 NOTE: Overanalyze will skip the Grade III Delta Jackpot and is now being pointed to the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. “We decided to stay at Churchill since he was already there and felt the extra week would be beneficial,” Pletcher said. “I also wanted to get a two-turn race at Churchill into him and see how he handled it.” Pletcher won the race with Super Saver in 2009 and Gemologist in 2011. “It’s been a good race for us in the past,” Pletcher said. “Those two horses went on to win significant races afterward, and we also had Any Given Saturday run second in it. We feel like it’s important to get a good two-turn race into the 2-year-olds before you winter and prepare for the spring.”

Nov. 24 NOTE: Pletcher changes course and puts Overanalyze in the Remsen.

Nov. 24, Grade II Remsen Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 Mile. Delhomme led at each call except the most important one, and that call went to Overanalyze, who was timed in 1:50.13. Delhomme set splilts in "12's" with six furlongs in 1:12.54, but he couldn't hold off the winner and second finisher Normandy Invasion. While Overanalyze tracked the early leader, Normandy Invasion swooped in from ninth of 10 during the early going only to lose by a nose. Delhomme was only three parts of a length back in third, while the fourth finisher was beaten 17 1/2 lengths.

The chart call: "Overanalyze got off a quick beginning, worked out a tuck into the two path nearing the end of the homestretch, patiently stalked Delhomme while parked just off that opponent's hind quarters, continued to do so until late on the far turn, was given his cue and issued a more earnest challenge as the field headed for the top of the stretch, fought with vigor with the previously mentioned rival from upper to midlane, had the runner up join the fracas with a furlong remaining, battled on nearly even terms from between rivals until the final seventy yards, went at it head with Normandy Invasion for the final few strides and showed gameness to win the bob and thus the race."

Todd Pletcher: “We thought he’d be prominent early. Actually, I thought he might be on the lead. He’s a horse that won first time out going wire-to-wire at Saratoga in :57 1/5. He’s got speed and the ability to carry it. He’s a ratable horse, tractable – smart horse. It looked like the horse who finished second had a lot of momentum, but actually, when he got to Overanalyze, it kind of emboldened (Overanalyze) and carried him on again.”

Ramon Dominguez: “When (Normandy Invasion) came to me, he actually got ahead of me. I wasn’t happy about that. My horse was taking sand by that point, but I kept after him and he kept on coming. I was very proud of the way he came back at the other horse. The other horse never stopped running. It was actually my horse doing the comeback. I was very pleased about that.

“Todd told me to let him run into the turn and to get him into a good spot. He had no problem at all laying second. He was doing it very easily.”

Mike Repole: “At the eighth pole, I would have said he’d get third place by about two lengths. I didn’t think he had a shot; the fractions were slow. He’s an experienced horse, a very, very gutsy horse. He’s won a stake at six furlongs and a stakes at 1 1/8 miles; he’s a very nice horse.”

Nov. 25 NOTE: “Everyone came back from their efforts in good shape,” said trainer Pletcher. “We’ll take them to Florida and sort it out from there.”

Dec. 6 NOTE: Overanalyze is in training at Palm Meadows but is likely to make his sophomore debut at Aqueduct in the Grade II Gotham on March 2. “(The Remsen) was a big effort. It looked like he was going to be passed, and he dug in and found a little bit more the last part,” trainer Pletcher said. “He’s pointing for the Gotham right now. That’s the early plan.”

 

 

OXBOW (KY)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)
Breeder: Colts Neck Stables LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Awesome Again (Deputy Minister (CAN), Primal Force)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Tiz Amazing (Cee's Tizzy, Cee's Song)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-0-8-0-0 (14) 2.50
Foal Date: March 26, 2010


$250,000 Keeneland September 2011.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 19, Grade III Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards.
Oxbow led from gate to wire winning by over 11 lengths as some of the horses behind him staggered through the stretch. The time was 1:43.30 after initial fractions of :48.58 and 1:13.34.

D. Wayne Lukas: “You guys [the media] didn’t even know he was in the race, did you? If you had to make a living handicapping you’d all starve to death. When Jon gets back here tomorrow, I’m going to make him give half the mount money back because he didn’t have to do anything. All he had to do is hang on.

“There is a certain amount of wisdom that he handled the surface well and shipped well, so that gives us another option. You like to see a horse handle the situation that you put him in. We took all the worst of it with shipping in yesterday and taking on your local guys all coming out of their own stalls and having works
over the racetrack. So we took all of the worst of it today and still got along pretty good. Now we’re a little tighter and in a little better shape if we come back to the Risen Star.

“This horse has a beautiful stride and a high cruising speed. When you watch the replay you see his ears are pricked and he’s just in a cruising speed the whole way around there.”

Jon Court: “I actually thought I’d be one-two-three, but Wayne said don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the lead. He just said to be relaxed, and he wanted to see him happy with a smile on in the bit, and he can win this race and that’s exactly how it turned out.”

“Where he goes from here is up to Brad Kelley and Wayne Lukas, of course, but I did see this horse progress from the first time I got to ride him. In fact, the day he won I told Joe Rocco Jr. that this horse has really improved a lot and I wish I could be on his back. I said, ‘You are going to really like him’ and he went on to win. As I mentioned, the progression he’s made in his training and in his races shows that he’s continued to pursue the prestigious levels so we’ll see where he goes from here.”

Feb. 7 NOTE: “Oxbow is just super right now,” said trainer Lukas on Feb. 6. “He’s really an amazing horse with the way he trains.”

Feb. 24, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Oxbow and Jon Court finished fourth, beaten only  a half-length. In a wild finish, a half-length separated the top four runners and the winner paid over $200. Ive Struck A Nerve upset at 135-1. He nosed out Code West by a nose after rallying from last in the 12-horse field. He was timed in 1:44.52. Code West was ridden by Martin Garcia.

Proud Strike and Code West vied for the early lead, cutting out fractions of :23.92 and :48.34. After six furlongs, Proud Strike was regressing, while Oxbow had overtaken Code West to make a short lead. Heading toward the stretch, Oxbow held a short lead while Palace Malice and Mylute had run up to join Code West. Two lengths separated them all. As they struggled to get to the finish line first, Ive Struck A Nerve came wide to nail the win at the finish line. Code West finished a half-length ahead of Palice Malice, who nosed out Oxbow for the show. Normandy Invasion finished fifth, beaten only 1 1/12 length after a rough start.

Jon Court: “I had a good, clean trip. He didn’t break really running. I didn’t want him to get in a hurry leaving there and burn himself out. He just sat off the pace; I knew he didn’t have to be on the lead. He ended up inheriting the lead, and I just straightened for home and sat down and went for the gusto like I did last time, but the last 40, 50 yards they overtook me."

March 5 NOTE: Will race next in the Grade II Rebel; Mike Smith named to ride.

March 16, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Will Take Charge, ridden by Jon Court, won the race by a head over Oxbow, ridden by Mike Smith. As expected, Title Contender sped to a lead designed to set up a late run by fellow entry Treasury Bill -- a late run that never materialized. But the tactic may have been the undoing of Super Ninety Nine, who was never far from Title Contender. They were followed up the backstretch by Delhomme and Oxbow, then Oxbow and Delhomme, through fractions of :23.36 and :47.19.  Hitting the far turn, Title Contender was done. Super Ninety Nine and Oxbow were in a battle for the lead, with Oxbow to the outside of the 6-5 post-time favorite. However, Den's Legacy and Will Take Charge were putting pressure on both of them. Six furlongs had gone in 1:12.39.

After the field turned for home, Super Ninety Nine found himself between Oxbow to his outside and Den's Legacy to his inside. Will Take Charge, who'd gone four wide on the turn, has lost a little ground. Bumped a bit, Super Ninety Nine faltered while the other three went on. Will Take Charge regrouped and came running to the outside of Oxbow to secure the win by a head. Den's Legacy was beaten two lengths. The time of 1:45.18 was a little faster than 6-year-old Tiz Miz Sue's 1:45.26 in the Grade III Azeri one race earlier at Oaklawn.

Mike Smith: "He ran awesome. He was doing things really easy. I didn't want to send him at the quarter pole because I knew it was a bit too early. But, it was the hand that was dealt to us."

March 26 NOTE: Mike Smith will ride War Academy in the Grade I Arkansas Derby, and Gary Stevens will replace Smith on Oxbow.

April 13, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Oxbow finished fifth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths, after running ninth or tenth of 10 in the early going. Overanalyze, in a major form reversal, came from off the pace to win in dominant fashion. Best by 4 1/4 lengths, he was timed in 1:51.94

Gary Stevens (via Twitter): "Things didn't go as planned. Happens a lot. Don't write Oxbow off for (the) Derby just now. Never count a Lukas horse out."

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Oxbow finished sixth, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after running sixth early and nearly grabbing the lead after a mile.

D. Wayne Lukas – Unavailable for comment.

Gary Stevens – “Coming into the stretch, I had a big smile on my face. I’m going to win my fourth. But five strides later, I was attacked from the outside for a couple strides, and they went on. He was brave. He never gave it up at all. He ran all the way to the finish line and galloped back proud, and I’m proud of him.’’

On coming out of retirement and riding in another Derby: “I’ve got a smile on my face I can’t wipe off. It was fun. It was fun, because he ran his race. He got a chance today, and he fired a big bullet, and that’s when it’s fun, when you get a good trip in this race and the horse is giving his all. And he did.’’

May 18, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Oxbow won in front-running fashion, setting moderate fractions after not being seriously challenged by anything else in the nine-horse field during the early going. The chart call: "Oxbow was brushed by Will Take Charge leaving the gate, quickly recovered and cruised past Goldencents in the opening furlong, opened a daylight advantage under the wire the first time, remained off the inside while nicely rated down the backstretch, came under some hand urging leaving the five sixteenths marker, entered the lane four wide, responded when put to a strong drive leaving the three sixteenths marker and held firm to the wire."

D. Wayne Lukas: "Actually, we thought that maybe that Goldencents and a couple of those other horses might show a little bit more speed and we would not inherit the lead as easily as we did today.  Gary was smart enough.  When he threw up the 1:13 and change, I knew we were in good shape."

Gary Stevens: "We had talked about strategy, and I didn't expect to be on the lead as I said earlier.  In these classic races, you don't give up anything that they give you free, and they gave me a free three-quarters of a mile today."

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Palace Malice was fourth by only two lengths after a half-mile run in a brisk :46.66. Just in front of him were Frac Daddy, Oxbow and Freedom Child, in that order.  Oxbow proceeded to put away Frac Daddy, and he was on the lead after six furlongs run in 1:10.35, with Freedom Child and Palace Malice very close by. After a mile run in 1:36.47, Freedom Child was on the precipice of a major retreat, and Gary Stevens and Oxbow clung tenaciously to the lead, with Palace Malice only a half-length behind them. Revolutionary had already begun a surge that pushed him up to fourth, and Orb was ratcheting up a run from 13th position after a half-mile. Incognito was fifth after running sixth in the early going. Mike Smith struck the lead on Palace Malice turning for home. The mile and a quarter had gone in 2:03.12. Down the stretch, Oxbow was still tracking Palace Malice but losing ground, and Revolutionary's run had stalled out. Orb and Incognito finished willingly, but they couldn't touch the winner. Palace Malice hit the finish line in 2:30.70. Oxbow was second by 3 1/4 lengths. The chart call: "Oxbow, away in good order, assumed a forward position, pressed the issue from the three path, moved when ready to take over coming to the end of the backstretch, showed the way on the far turn, remaining well off the inside, had the winner draw abreast a few strides from the quarter pole, yielded, held on well to the end to secure second."

D. Wayne Lukas: “I was really happy with his performance today. Anytime you could hook into a field with that much parity and that many good horses…he performed as well as we could have expected. I was happy for Todd, as he is obviously well-connected with us, and I’m happy for Cot Campbell as well.”

Gary Stevens: “I’m so proud of this colt. I thought I was dead midway down the backside. They were suicidal fractions and he never got any break. Mike rode a superb race. I got him settled going into the first turn for about five jumps. I believe it was Mike who put a tad of pressure on my colt to get him running. I kind of had to turn his head loose and let him go about his business. I didn’t want to fight with him.

"We were rocking down the backside. I looked at the two horses inside of me and they weren’t going to give it up. I just tried to make Oxbow as happy as I could. Midway around the turn, I said, ‘Well, maybe.’ But I have ridden long enough to know that he was going to walk home the last quarter of a mile. Going into the far turn, I didn’t think he would have hit the board. To finish second, I am really surprised. He galloped out after the race like you wouldn’t believe. I’m really proud of him.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Oxbow raced five times. In his third start, he was beaten eight lengths by Gulfport after setting the pace at Churchilll Downs. He broke his maiden the fourth time out. That was a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25. Looking Cool was second by 4 3/4 lengths. The race was timed in 1:22.97.

In his fifth and final start of 2012, Oxbow was shipped to Hollywood Park only to finish fourth in the Grade I CashCall, beaten nine lengths by Violence. He was fourth or third at each call; and was five wide in the first turn and three wide in the second one.

 

 

PALACE MALICE (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Dogwood Stable
Breeder: W. S. Farish
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriff's Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Palace Rumor (Royal Anthem, Whisperifyoudare)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-11-0-0 (20) 2.64
Foal Date: May 2, 2010

$25,000 Keeneland September 2011.
$200,000 Keeneland 2-Year-Olds in Training.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 19, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. This race was all about Majestic Hussar and Palice Malice, who ran one-two on the slop.Majestic Hussar and Jose Lezcano got the jump on Palace Malice and Javier Castellano and gradually increased their lead to three lengths before winning by 2 1/4. Majestic Hussar's time was 1:22.53 after six in 1:09.77. The third finisher was another eight lengths back. The chart call: "Palace Malice  tracked just off the pace in early stages, asked to make a bid for leader nearing the far turn, shifted out five wide in the turn, continued to chase Majestic Hussar into the stretch and finished clearly second best."

Feb. 24, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Palace Malice and Rosie Napravnik finished third, beaten a half-length after being eighth and ninth at the first two calls. In a wild finish, a half-length separated the top four runners and the winner paid over $200. Ive Struck A Nerve upset at 135-1. He nosed out Code West by a nose after rallying from last in the 12-horse field. He was timed in 1:44.52.

Proud Strike and Code West vied for the early lead, cutting out fractions of :23.92 and :48.34. After six furlongs, Proud Strike was regressing, while Oxbow had overtaken Code West to make a short lead. Heading toward the stretch, Oxbow held a short lead while Palace Malice and Mylute had run up to join Code West. Two lengths separated them all. As they struggled to get to the finish line first, Ive Struck A Nerve came wide to nail the win at the finish line. Code West finished a half-length ahead of Palice Malice, who nosed out Oxbow for the show. Normandy Invasion finished fifth, beaten only 1 1/12 length after a rough start.

Rosie Napravnik: “He was really not standing great in the gate and maybe got off just a step slow, so we lost some position but, having said that, I ended up getting an excellent trip. Was able to save ground when I wanted, I wasn’t forced to move early or late, so we got a good trip. He ran a great race, and we got beat half a length for everything, so for his first race two turns and all that, I think it was an excellent race.”

March 9 NOTE: Edgar Prado will ride Palace Malice in the Louisiana Derby on March 30. Rosie Napravnik rode him in the Risen Star but will be on Shanghai Bobby in the Florida Derby on March 30. “Our horse is doing great,” said Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell. “He’s been getting a little gate schooling lately because he was somewhat of a reluctant load at Fair Grounds last month and also at Saratoga last summer. I think the plan Todd has right now for him is to breeze him a half on Sunday and then next Sunday go five-eighths with Edgar aboard."

March 23 NOTE: “Palace Malice is a horse we’ve always liked a lot,” said trainer Pletcher on March 22. “We’ve had high hopes for him from the beginning, and hopefully there is more to come. He got a little further back than I would have liked in his first two-turn race (the Risen Star), but we did finish in front of Oxbow in that race, and he went on to run real well when a close second in Oaklawn’s Rebel the other day."

Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Palace Malice finished seventh, beaten 7 1/4 lengths by Revolutionary and a time of 1:50.28. Palace Malace had significant traffic trouble in the stretch. The chart call: "Palace Malice saved ground on the first turn, made a strong middle move, moved closer while off the rail on the far turn, waited while blocked from the quarter-pole to the furlong marker, had a bunch of rivals pass him in the process, moved to the outside and lost any chance."

April 13, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Java's War went from worst to first after a thrilling stretch run. He got up in the final strides to defeat Palace Malice. Fourth with 100 yards to run, Java's War was timed in 1:50.27 for the 1 1/8 mile.

Rydilluc, the 7-2 post-time favorite, and Undrafted contested the early pace in fractions of :23.81 and :48.04. After six furlongs, Rydilluc was 1 1/2 length on the lead in 1:12.76 -- and Java's War was last, where he'd been from the start. Rydilluc maintained the advantage on the turn while Palace Malice and Garrett Gomez, fourth after a half-mile, picked up a couple of horses on the rail to loom second. Turning for home, Gomez swung out Palace Malice to challenge the leader and got by him as they approached the sixteenth pole. But Java's War and Julien Leparoux were making a furious late run and got up by a neck at the finish.

Charming Kitten, sent off at 22-1 odds, got up for third with a significant late run himself. He was tenth after six furlongs and was beaten only a half-length for it all. Rydillic finished fourth, 1 3/4 length in arrears of Java's War. Another 2 1/4 lengths back in fifth was Charming Kitten, who was sent off at 36-1 odds.

Todd Pletcher: “I will talk to Mr. Campbell first, but (going to the Derby) was our game plan coming in. We are happy to get that part accomplished. This is his first start on Polytrack, but we thought he would handle it because he worked so well on it at the (Keeneland 2-Year-Olds in Training) sale. But until you run on it, you never really know. We were concerned about coming back in two weeks on short rest, but his energy level was good, and he seemed to bounce out of the race real well. We were feeling good about coming into this race.”

Garrett Gomez: “He did everything good. Todd wanted to see if I could get him closer. I warmed him up by himself -- kinda got his blood going and hopefully that would get him keyed up a little bit. He hopped away pretty well and got himself up in the race, traveled beautiful the whole time. I kinda let him inch up throughout the race. I ended up right behind Prado (on Rydilluc), and I was happy with that decision. I actually followed him all along the fence, popped him out turning for home, told him when to go get him, and he tried to go get him, He put his head down and went by him, but he just couldn't hold off (Java’s War). He ran good though."

Cot Campbell, President of Dogwood Stable, owner of Palace Malice: “What he did today was an accomplishment. I would say it is 80% to go to the Derby. It is a pleasure to run in it; it is the gold ring that everyone is looking to grab. The older I get, the more I think about it.”

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Palace Malice finished twelfth, beaten 13 1/2 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after setting ridiculous fractions of :22.57, ;45.33 and 1:09.80 with blinkers added.

Todd Pletcher --  “He just went too fast early. They went too fast with him, and he couldn’t keep up.”

Mike Smith – “He just was too aggressive. Those blinkers. He just wanted to go and I didn’t have much choice.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Palace Malice was fourth by only two lengths after a half-mile run in a brisk :46.66. Just in front of him were Frac Daddy, Oxbow and Freedom Child, in that order.  Oxbow proceeded to put away Frac Daddy, and he was on the lead after six furlongs run in 1:10.35, with Freedom Child and Palace Malice very close by. After a mile run in 1:36.47, Freedom Child was on the precipice of a major retreat, and Gary Stevens and Oxbow clung tenaciously to the lead, with Palace Malice only a half-length behind them. Revolutionary had already begun a surge that pushed him up to fourth, and Orb was ratcheting up a run from 13th position after a half-mile. Incognito was fifth after running sixth in the early going. Mike Smith struck the lead on Palace Malice turning for home. The mile and a quarter had gone in 2:03.12. Down the stretch, Oxbow was still tracking Palace Malice but losing ground, and Revolutionary's run had stalled out. Orb and Incognito finished willingly, but they couldn't touch the winner. Palace Malice hit the finish line in 2:30.70.

The chart call: "Palace Malice, four wide around both turns, sat patiently during the inside stages, picked up the pace once Frac Daddy began to drop back coming to the half mile pole, ranged up towards OXBOW and struck the front to lead the field into the lane by a narrow advantage, settled into upper stretch and was put to a drive, gradually kicked away, kept to the task at hand."

Todd Pletcher: “It was an emotional win for me because the Dogwood connection. They supported me from the very beginning, and to win a big race for them is really gratifying. I kept saying I know there’s a big one there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon. He got close a couple of times but didn’t quite get it done.

"It pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned. He was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along, pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus.”

Mike Smith: “It’s just incredible. I feel like I’m floating, man. I’m just in awe right now. The game plan was mapped out, and it really went to the game plan. We were laying third on the outside of Oxbow, like we wanted. At the three-eighths, Gary said, ‘Go on, little brother. You’re moving better than me.’ And we went on with it, man. It was the blinkers. (Taking them off) made all of the difference. Three jumps out of the gate, I felt really good.”

Cot Campbell: “It’s the mother of all great moments, I’ll tell you that. I’m proud for Dogwood and for my great partners…and I’m proud for Aiken S.C….they’ll be dancing in the streets, so proud. And I’m proud of Todd, one of the greatest trainers of all time, and Mike Smith, one of the great riders. And for the horse! The horse, the horse, I’m SO proud of him!”

“It means everything, the tradition of it. I’ve been in racing a long time and this is good stuff right here. I said before, if he has an absence of bad luck, we’ll be all right. We’re not asking for any breaks, we just don’t want any breaks against us. This victory is way up there, because I’m in the twilight of my career, certainly, to put it euphemistically, and it ranks way up there. It’s a heck of a thing.”

“When I saw the :46 go up there, I was kind of hoping for :48, but gosh he seemed to be going great, and Mike went to school on him last time, knew what to do.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Palace Malice ran second to Carried Interest in his debut at Belmont Park on July 5. He won his second start, this one at Saratoga going 6 1/2 furlongs, after soon getting the lead under Javier Castellano. The win margin was 3 1/2 lengths, and the time was 1:16.48. He was a watched horse after that, but it wasn't to last very long.

Dec. 6 NOTE: Palace Malice, recovering from sore shins, is scheduled to breeze next week at Palm Meadows and is being pointed to an allowance race in February.

 

 

REVOLUTIONARY (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: W. S. Farish
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): War Pass (Cherokee Run, Vue)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Runup the Colors (A.P. Indy, Up the Flagpole)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 10-8-12-1-1 (32) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 20, 2010


$80,000 Keeneland September 2011.
$235,000 OBS 2-Year-Olds in Training.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 2, Grade III Withers Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Despite a very tough trip, Revolutionary got up in the last jump to win in a last-to-first effort. Timed in 1:44.32 under Javier Castellano, Revolutionary took victory from the grasp of the late-surging Escapefromreality to get up by a neck in an exciting finish.

Siete de Oros led the field of seven up the backstretch, setting fractions of :24.22, :48.18 and 1:12.48, with Escapefromreality initially in closest pursuit before being eased back to fifth by Jose Ortiz.  Smooth Bert and Long River took up the slack, while Revolutionary dwelt in last after a half-mile and seventh of eight after six furlongs. At that point, the eventual winner was on the rail, 3 3/4 lengths off the pace.  As heads turned for home, Long River began backing out of the fray. Siete de Oros was still on the lead with a furlong left in the race. Then Escapefromreality sailed by him and looked to be a winner, but Revolutionary would not be denied.

WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden said he was inclined to have Revolutionary shipped to Florida to race one more time before the Kentucky Derby.

Michael McCarthy, assistant to Todd Pletcher: “We were a little bit handicapped going into the race without having a work six days out, but the horse has been training well and gets a lot out of his gallops. The horse has a tendency to not get away cleanly and got himself a little farther back than we would have liked. Things went from bad to worse from there, but Javier didn’t panic and had faith in the horse. We’ve known all along the horse had ability. When you are pointing for the Derby, this is a huge steppingstone. That was a big, big step today against some proven horses.”

Javier Castellano: “He didn’t break that sharp, and I didn’t panic. I think the key with him is that you have to be patient. I could have gone around horses at the three-eighths pole because I had so much horse, but I just wanted to teach him something, have him learn something. I knew he could get it done; in my mind it was just waiting for the best opportunity to make a move. That’s exactly what I did, and he responded so well today.

"He’s a classy horse. He kind of got intimidated a little bit between horses, he’s a young horse, but I really like the way he did it. He split horses, finished very strong, and galloped out great. He’s a horse with potential. Handicapping the race, I would have liked to be close to the pace – second, third, or fourth. It didn’t work out that way, he didn’t break that good, and I ended up almost last on the first turn. But the way the race developed, he learned a lot and I think he’s going to go forward.”

Elliott Walden, president, CEO and racing manager of WinStar Farm: “Very impressed. Obviously things didn’t go well out of the gate, but he hung in there and Javier did a nice job of being patient. Finally, when he got some room, he came running. When you’re looking at a race like the Derby, potentially down the road, to get that kind of experience, it’s invaluable. Nice race.

"I felt pretty good around the turn because they were so bunched up. It’s not like he was 15 back, he was eight back, but he was in trouble, so you never knew if he was going to get through. You knew if he did get through he’d have some horse. It was nice to see him come running like that. He couldn’t blow out a match in the winner’s circle. We’ll talk with Todd and we’ll see. I’d be inclined to take him to Florida and regroup until that last round of preps. Probably just one more race. This proved he’s worthy to keep on the trail. This race was worth three in terms of education.”

THE NEXT DAY: Revolutionary heading to Florida on Feb. 5 for one more race -- somewhere -- before the Kentucky Derby. “I was watching the replay of the race a little while ago, and there was nothing good about it except for the last two or three jumps,” said trainer Pletcher’s assistant, Michael McCarthy. “That may have been one of the worst winning trips I’ve ever seen.”

Feb. 5 NOTE: Shipping to Palm Meadows today.

March 23 NOTE: “After that last race in New York, we decided to ship Revolutionary to South Florida because of the better weather and the easier ship from South Florida to just about anywhere this time of year,” said trainer Pletcher on March 22. “We decided awhile back that the Louisiana Derby would make the most sense for him because he has a tendency not to break real sharply and that the long stretch at Fair Grounds would help overcome that. He’s not a bad gate horse; he just doesn’t do it very quickly.

Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. There are wide trips, and then there are wide trips. Revolutionary took the overland route to win. Revolutionary was unhurried early, about a dozen behind a fast early pace under Javier Castellano. Hip Four Sixtynine and Titletown Five alternated for the early lead with splits of :22.84 and :46.34. They tired to six in 1:11.84, and Revolutionary was only 2 3/4 lengths behind at that point. Revolutionary launched a bid five wide in the far turn -- it looked like eight. Mylute, at 19-1, briefly got the lead at the sixteenth pole but hung a bit, and Revolutionary prevailed by a neck over Mylute, timed in 1:50.28. Finishing third, three lengths farther back, was Departing. Fourth was Golden Soul, who was beaten 4 3/4 lengths.

Whit Beckman, assistant to Todd Pletcher: “It’s been a very fruitful trip to New Orleans. We come in here with the intent to win, and we’re disappointed when we don’t.

“He broke a little slow, which he’s been known to do in the past. Javier just recovered from there, got him out, took him wide down the backside, just steadily picking off horses and making up ground. He continued his move around the turn and came down to the end for the stretch and had to get down and ride him pretty hard but was able to get him there. He galloped out pretty well after the wire too so that shows a little extra distance shouldn’t bother him."

Kentucky Derby? “Provided everything’s good with him, all systems go.”

Javier Castellano: “It was a really beautiful trip. That’s the kind of horse we would like to take to the Kentucky Derby. He can do everything. He passed the test today and last time and way before. He is a lovely horse to ride and a come-from-behind horse, very much a true horse. He did everything the right way today. I really like him. I am looking forward big time.”

WinStar Farm Racing Manager Elliott Walden: “I think he’s got all the experience he needs, and it’s nice he got the points, so we are on to Kentucky. I saw him in the paddock. He doesn’t turn a hair. He goes around there like a puppy dog. When you get to Louisville, those kinds of things matter.”

April 12 NOTE: "It was a very, very tough decision," agent Matt Muzikar said of Javier Castellano's decision to ride Normandy Invasion. "These were some of our best clients; we just won a million-dollar race on Revolutionary and we ran huge with Normandy Invasion. WinStar are great supporters of ours and of course there's our man Todd. Javier really liked the way Normandy Invasion ran in the Wood; he thought two more strides and he would have caught Verrazano, and he thought he galloped out strong. There's pros and cons to every situation -- Revolutionary has a lot of heart and grit -- but it's just one of those things where we had to choose."

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Revolutionary and Calvin Borel finished third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after coming up the rail late. After a half-mile, he was eightheenth, 19 3/4 lengths off the lead. Golden Soul was second.

Todd Pletchder -- “I thought he ran super. He got shuffled back farther than we thought and he had to keep waiting to try to make up ground. But when he could start running, he did really well. He closed strongly and just ran out of ground.”

Calvin Borel, Revolutionary – "The only thing I was I could have done on the far turn was creep up closer on him. Turning for home, I still thought we had a shot to win,but he gave me a good turn of foot.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Palace Malice was fourth by only two lengths after a half-mile run in a brisk :46.66. Just in front of him were Frac Daddy, Oxbow and Freedom Child, in that order.  Oxbow proceeded to put away Frac Daddy, and he was on the lead after six furlongs run in 1:10.35, with Freedom Child and Palace Malice very close by. After a mile run in 1:36.47, Freedom Child was on the precipice of a major retreat, and Gary Stevens and Oxbow clung tenaciously to the lead, with Palace Malice only a half-length behind them. Revolutionary had already begun a surge that pushed him up to fourth, and Orb was ratcheting up a run from 13th position after a half-mile. Incognito was fifth after running sixth in the early going. Mike Smith struck the lead on Palace Malice turning for home. The mile and a quarter had gone in 2:03.12. Down the stretch, Oxbow was still tracking Palace Malice but losing ground, and Revolutionary's run had stalled out. Orb and Incognito finished willingly, but they couldn't touch the winner. Palace Malice hit the finish line in 2:30.70. Revolutionary was fifth by 6 1/2 lengths.The chart call: "Revolutionary saved ground on the first turn, was taken outward down the backstretch, steadily advanced into a good striking position, was under a drive turning for home, remained a prominent factor for an additional furlong before backing away."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Sept. 3, Maiden Special Weight, Saratoga, 5 1/2 Furlongs. This was Revolutionary's debut. Always in a Tiz won over Clawback by a half-length and was timed in 1:04.13. He was the beneficiary of a chain reaction caused at the break when Stage Street veered out from post 1. Clawback, one of those affected, was five lengths back after a quarter-mile and finished second. Revolutionary, the 7-5 favorite, was knocked way off stride at the break, came from 14 lengths back after a quarter, and finished third, beaten only 1 1/4 length. The next horse was another 2 1/4 lengths back. Seven ran.

The chart call: "Revolutionary was clobbered at the start and forced hard into Monsignor J, then checked, spotted the front runners around six to seven lengths (at the outset), was ridden along at the rear, raced inside into the turn, shifted three wide outside the three-eighths pole, moved to four wide near the five-sixteenths, lugged in a bit near the three-sixteenths pole, was straightened by the rider, rallied on the outside and finished full of run in a really unlucky and good effort."

Oct. 13, Maiden Special Weight, Belmont Park, One Mile. Revolutionary was scratched.

Oct. 17 NOTE: Race at Belmont stays on turf, Revolutionary is scratched.

Oct. 28, Maiden Special Weight, Belmont Park Six Furlongs. In his debut, Little Distorted was 2.4-1 and beat heavily favored Revolutionary (1-5), who finished second by 2 1/4 lengths. The race was timed in 1:09.72. Main Man Mike (79-1) was another 8 1/2 lengths back in third. Eight ran.

Nov. 24, Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile. At 1-5 odds, Revolutionary finished third to Orb and Freedom Child, beaten 4 1/4 lengths. On the rail, he was sixth of seven at the first call, but he could not get to the top two, who were bookends initially. Orb was last of seven at the first call, and Freedom Child set the pace. Revolutionary didn’t get a good start, taken in hand inward to get away from an errant gate-breaker.

Dec. 28, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile. Revolutionary won this race in a big way. Under Ramon Dominguez at even money, he was 8 1/2 lengths best. Transparent was second. The time was 1:36.52. The chart call: “Revolutionary raced three wide early, stalked the pace, bid approaching the quarter pole, took charge and drew away under mild urging."

 

 

UNLIMITED BUDGET (FL)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Ocala Stud
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Sense (Street Cry (IRE), Bedazzle)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Unlimited Pleasure (Valid Appeal, Cricket Box)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-1-6-0-0 (12) 3.00
Foal Date: March 12, 2010

 

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 23, Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile.
Unlimited Budget won for the third time in three starts. After stalking the pace under Rosie Napravnik fifth of 10 for a half-mile, she moved up on the second turn while three-to-five wide and by the furlong marker was four lengths ahead. The final margin was 3 3/4 lengths. She was timed in 1:45.38.

March 30, Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Javier Castellano was up this time, and Unlimited Budget kept her unbeaten record intact at 4-5 odds, prevailing by 1 3/4 length in 1:43.22. She stalked third of seven early on and was four wide on both turns, then five wide heading for home. Two strikes of the whip, and she got clear of Flashy Gray, who finished second.

May 3, Grade I Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs, 1 1/8 Mile. With Javier Castellano up, Unlimited Budget (4-1) finished third to stable mate Princess of Sylmar (38-1), beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Beholder was second by a half. Unlimited Budget stalked in third or fourth much of the time, but she couldn't get by Beholder and couldn't hold off Princess of Sylmar. Early splits were :22.84, :46.79 and 1:11.84. The winning time was 1:49.17.

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Unlimited Budget was sixth, beaten 8 1/2 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Unlimited Budget underwent a three wide journey, lacked the needed response."

Todd Pletcher: "We'll give her plenty of time after this race to regroup and think maybe Saratoga, the Coaching Club or Alabama probably makes sense, well see how she does after this."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unlimited Budget raced twice and won twice at Aqueduct. Her first start came on Nov. 9 at a mile, and she blew away her nine opponents, winning by nine lengths after pressing the pace. The time was 1:37.82 under John Velazquez. Her second start was on Nov. 24 in the Grade II Demoiselle Stakes at 1 1/8 mile on Remsen day. Ridden again by Johnny V, she won by 1 1/4 length in 1:52.16 against only three opponents. She led at each call.

 

 

VYJACK (KY)
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez (suspensed March 16 - April 4)
Owner: Pick Six Racing
Breeder: Machmer Hall
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Life Happened (Stravinsky, Round It Off)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-0-6-2-0 (14) 1.80
Foal Date: Feb. 11, 2010

$600,000 Keeneland September 2011.

A gelding.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 5, Grade II Jerome Stakes, Aqueduct, One Mile 70 Yards.
Favored Vyjack handled two turns and an unexpectedly tough opponent in 41-1 Siete de Oros to remain undefeated -- but he had to fight hard for it. Vyjack raced alongside Mudflats during the opening half-mile in :47.58. Moving into the lead headed into the far turn, Vyjack came out when passed on the inside by Siete de Oros straightening for home. He was kept to task by Cornelio Velasquez and prevailed by a head after a lengthy duel. Vyjack’s winning time was 1:40.67. The time was 3/5 of a second faster than the Busanda Stakes for 3YO fillies on the same card.

Rudy Rodriguez: “The owner and I already discussed this; now we’ll just back off a little bit and wait for the Gotham. Hopefully, he’ll show up again. He’s still learning and hopefully he keeps learning. He was very game. He shows us in the morning he’s that way. I really don’t want to see him on the lead because he’ll kind of want to wait for horses. Hopefully this race will wake him up a little bit and put him more in the game because he’s got a lot of talent.”

Cornelio Velasquez: “My horse, I think, is a good horse, but he’s a little green. He doesn’t pay too much attention during the race. He tried to get out, and at the quarter pole the other horse came inside. He passed me and my horse changed leads, but I had a lot of horse. My horse tried to get out, fought a little bit, changed leads, and came back again.”

Feb. 10 NOTE: “He’s got a strong head. I don’t know if he’ll be able to relax. Let’s hope,” trainer Rodriguez told DRF.com on Feb. 7. “We try to do everything we can in the morning – put him behind horses, change his attitude, let him hang around the track. If he wants to be a good horse, he’ll need to settle a little bit more.”

Feb. 16 NOTE: Joel Rosario will ride Vyjack in the Gotham.

Feb. 26 NOTE: “I just think Cornelio is better with horses that aren’t as aggressive,” owner Wilkenfeld told DRF.com. “I just felt they were fighting each other a little bit. I thought there were other guys that were a good fit, and when (Joel Rosario) became available, I decided to make a change. It was not an easy thing to do. We had a lot of success together; it was just something I thought gave us our best shot to win going forward.”

March 2, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Using a strong late kick, Vyjack remained undefeated with a come-from-behind victory. Ridden patiently by Joel Rosario, early on Vyjack was tenth of the 11 runners, well off the early pace set by West Hills Giant, who cut out the initial quarter-mile of :24.16. The pacesetter went on with fractions of :48.69 and 1:12.72. Transparent was second going up the backstretch, followed by Escapefromreality and Overanalyze, who broke well from the outside post 11 under John Velazquez. Rounding the far turn, West Hills Giant stayed on despite his 33-1 odds, while Overanalyze, the 8-5 favorite, was being ridden by Velazquez. Transparent was staying with the leader in second, and Escapefromreality was beginning to falter.

West Hills Giant led the field down the stretch, but he was run down by Vyjack, the 2-1 second choice. Vyjack took the overland route to get up for the win by 2 1/4 lengths. He was timed in 1:44.09.  Elnaawi , who ran mid-pack into the stretch, also got up late to get third, and Siete de Oros was fourth after running with Elnaawi throughout the trip.

Rudy Rodriguez, winning trainer: “He’s a good horse. I wasn’t worried when he was last. He’s that type of horse. I was hoping to see him that way. You don’t want to gun the horse all the time. He was able to relax good and be comfortable. He showed that he’s a really good horse … I told Joel just not to move too soon, let him do his race. I don’t think we’ve gotten to the bottom of him yet.”

Looking forward to the Kentucky Derby? “We’ll see. We’ll take it one step at a time, hopefully he’ll keep improving. I’m excited about him, that’s for sure. We thought maybe this horse could take us there. So far he’s proven he can belong with this kind. Hopefully he can keep going.”

Will he run in the Wood Memorial on April 6? "He’s fresh. We gave him two months off for this race. We’ll talk with the owner and see what he wants to do.”

Joel Rosario, winning jockey: “A perfect trip. He had always showed a lot of speed, but he was very relaxed today. I let him do whatever he wanted. He looked very good today. He was very relaxed. He broke OK, and I didn’t want to get in a hurry. I just let him do whatever he wanted to do. He was pretty relaxed behind horses, and he did everything right. Turning for home, I was pretty far behind, but that’s where he wanted to be. He passed (West Hills Giant), and then he just kept on going.”

March 13 NOTE: On March 15, trainer Rodriguez will begin serving a 20-day suspension for two medication positives found in 2012 -- the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Flunixin in post-race samples taken from Heiden on April 7, 2012, and Alston Gunther on Nov. 21. He'll be back by the Wood Memorial. Rodriguez is the leading trainer at Aqueduct and used to work for Rick Dutrow, Jr.

April 6, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 Mile. Verrazano narrowly after being sent off as the 4-5 crowd favorite, and Normandy Invasion passed Vyjack late to get second. Verrazano stalked the early pace set by longshot Chrisandthecapper though moderate fractions of :24.89 and:49.62. Normandy Invasion wasn't far back, initially sitting six lengths off the leader, then three with a half-mile run. Vyjack was outside of Normandy Invasion at that point. Verrazano quickly disposed of Chrisandthecapper six furlongs into the race -- timed in a tepid 1:13.74 -- and just as suddenly seemed to go into idle mode on the far turn as Velazquez peeked over his shoulder to see what was behind him. The jockey urged him on, and Verrazano responded with a mile in the books in 1:37.72 -- and Vyjack coming to him in the stretch. Verrazano repelled that charge and hit the wire just after Normandy Invasion rumbled up past Vyjack to get second by the length of a neck. The winning margin was 3/4 of a length, with Vyjack beaten by one. Verrazano was timed in 1:50.27.

Rudy Rodriguez, trainer of third-place finisher Vyjack: “We were happy the way he ran. The other horse is a nice horse. He placed himself in a very good position. I was hoping the horse on the lead would go a little faster. He didn’t have the kick he had the other day, but we were happy the way he ran.

On whether he’s still thinking about the Kentucky Derby: “I have to talk to the owner and see what he decides. I think they already booked everything up, so I guess we’re going, I think that the plan is to go.”

Joel Rosario, jockey aboard third-place finisher Vyjack: “It was a different race than the Gotham. He ran well. Remember, the horse who won is a good horse, too, you know? We were rolling turning for home, but the other horse had an easier trip than I had. I had a good trip, but he probably wanted a little more speed. They were rolling turning for home. My horse is quick, but I couldn’t catch the other one. He gave me everything he had.”

THE NEXT DAY: Vyjack bled in the Wood Memorial, owner David Wilkenfeld said.

April 14 NOTE: Bloodhorse.com reports that Vyjack exited the Wood Memorial with a lung infection and has gotten regular treatments in a hyperbaric chamber at Fair Hill Training Center. The story attributes the information to Bruce Jackson, who operates the rehab facility. At first, it was said by owner David Wilkenfeld that Vyjack had bled a "2 on a scale of 5," but it turned out to be mucus and a slight lung infection, according to the Bloodhorse.com story. Vyjack was vanned to Fair Hill by trainer Rudy Rodriguez, where he had received his early training by Jackson. "The lung infection has completely cleared, and being here at Fair Hill and taking it easy for a little while has done him a world of good," Jackson said. Jackson added he did not know how long it will be before Vyjack is taken to Churchill Downs. The original plan was to ship him this date.

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Vyjack finished eighteenth, beaten 52 3/4 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after chasing a hot early pace, then stopping.

Rudy Rodriguez – “The rider told me that he ran right off on him. Once he did that, he didn’t have any chance.”

Garrett Gomez – “He broke in on me. I think he was ducking from the crowd. He was all wound up; I couldn’t get him to settle. I tried to stay back, but he had to go. I let him out a bit in order to try to let him even out, but it didn’t work.”

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Vyjack was eighth, beaten 10 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Vyjack, brushed at the start, was hung out four to five wide on the opening bend, taken in hand after displaying some initial keenness, remained well off the inside, fanned six wide into the lane, had no rally."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Nov. 10, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, 6 1/2 Furlongs. It was Vyjack’s debut. Retrieve was the 7-5 favorite, and Clawback was the 3-1 second choice, but it was 17-1 Vyjack that won the day. Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Vyjack was second of 10 tracking Clawback from the get-go, then in an all-out battle with him, and hit the wire 1 3/4 length ahead of Clawback. The time was 1:15.48.

The exciting chart call: “Vyjack disputed the pace from the outside, doing so from between rivals for most of the way around the turn, got released from a snug hold near the three-eighths pole, was set down spinning into the lane, battled on nearly terms with Clawback making his way through the furlong grounds, held the slimmest of leads at the eighth pole, continued heads apart with the aforementioned opponent for another sixteenth, kicked clear, crossing the finish under hand urging."

Dec. 9, Traskwood Stakes, Aqueduct, Seven Furlongs. Vyjack was much the best in this sloppy-track race, winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Always In A Tiz while timed in 1:24.38. He and Cornelio Velasquez tracked Black Hornet for a half-mile, a couple of lengths back, then quickly got the jump on the small field. At the furlong marker, he was ahead by four lenths. The chart call: "Vyjack stalked outside, bumped lightly with Tweet Me entering the turn, ran by the pacesetter turning for home, drew away, drifted out and was kept to the task."

Dec. 31 NOTE: “He’ll be stretching out, going around two turns, and trying the inner track for the first time,” said trainer Rodriguez. “It will be a learning experience for him, and for us. It’s a very competitive race, but he’s been training very well.”

 

 

WILL TAKE CHARGE (KY)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Willis D. Horton
Breeder: Eaton
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Unbridled's Song (Unbridled, Trolley Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Take Charge Lady (Dehere, Felicita)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-10-8-0-2 (26) 3.33
Foal Date: April 13, 2010


$425,000 Keeneland September 2011.

Out of the multiple grade I-winning mare Take Charge Lady. A half to Take Charge Indy.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 21, Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/1/6 Mile.
Trainer Lukas and jockey Court got a secon Derby Road win in three days with Will Take Charge. Texas Bling a neck back in second, Always In A Tiz a head back in third. The time was 1:38.64. Will Take Charge was always prominent and had a wide trip under Jon Court from post nine. The fourth finisher, Stormy Holiday, was another 4 3/4 lengths back.

The chart call: "Will Take Charge, six wide into the first turn, four wide onto the backstretch, prompted the issue outside, moved up to challenge three wide in the second turn, vied into the lane, spirited drive to the wire, held late in game fashion and under firm handling."

D. Wayne Lukas: “He showed me a lot of heart. He had a horrible trip into the first turn, but he got the job done. He’s a nice horse, and we can build off of this. We’re feeling good about him.”

Owner Willis Horton: "This is unbelievable. He had kind of a rough race. It's remarkable that he could still win. We've thought highly of him since we got him. We look forward to going forward with him, hopefully to the Derby."

Jan. 31 NOTE: “I was glad to see this from him,” said trainer Lukas. “I told the exercise rider to go in 49, so that was almost perfect. It was just a maintenance half mile, but there were a couple of horses who broke off in front of him, and he was pretty aggressive. He’s come back good and we’re still looking at the Southwest or Rebel with him.”

Feb. 18, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. On a sloppy track, Will Take Charge came away from the gate slowly and was never in contention. He finished sixth, beaten 18 lengths.

March 16, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Will Take Charge, ridden by Jon Court, won the race by a head over Oxbow, ridden by Mike Smith. As expected, Title Contender sped to a lead designed to set up a late run by fellow entry Treasury Bill -- a late run that never materialized. But the tactic may have been the undoing of Super Ninety Nine, who was never far from Title Contender. They were followed up the backstretch by Delhomme and Oxbow, then Oxbow and Delhomme, through fractions of :23.36 and :47.19.  Hitting the far turn, Title Contender was done. Super Ninety Nine and Oxbow were in a battle for the lead, with Oxbow to the outside of the 6-5 post-time favorite. However, Den's Legacy and Will Take Charge were putting pressure on both of them. Six furlongs had gone in 1:12.39.

After the field turned for home, Super Ninety Nine found himself between Oxbow to his outside and Den's Legacy to his inside. Will Take Charge, who'd gone four wide on the turn, has lost a little ground. Bumped a bit, Super Ninety Nine faltered while the other three went on. Will Take Charge regrouped and came running to the outside of Oxbow to secure the win by a head. Den's Legacy was beaten two lengths. The time of 1:45.18 was a little faster than 6-year-old Tiz Miz Sue's 1:45.26 in the Grade III Azeri one race earlier at Oaklawn.

D. Wayne Lukas: "Will Take Charge is a fair-weather horse. He said he didn't feel like running in the rain last time. He had been doing well all week. I was feeling pretty good 100 yards from the wire. The competition was so tough. The hill gets a little steeper from this point.

Jon Court: "Wayne told me how well he's been doing and he had him tuned up today. The race was executed to plan. It worked out perfectly. I was able to position him where we wanted. He was very professional today."

May 4, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Will Take Charge finished eigth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Orb and a time of 2:02.89 after tenth or eleventh in the early going, moving forward, then flattening out.

D. Wayne Lukas – Unavailable for comment.

Jon Court  – “I’d have to say what it was like was a lot of fun, without a doubt. I had a good break, ground-saving first turn, the transition was smooth. I think adequate to where we’d be able to make that big close. We started to engage turning for home, then he kind of started coming back and tailing. He was still picking up tired horses, but he didn’t have that big kick, turn of foot, and I just started maneuvering through horses that were stopping in front of me.”

May 8 NOTE: “He races in glue-on shoes,” trainer Lukas said on May 6. “When he was being shod Thursday, a tiny piece of the front wall came out when the nail was pulled. That was nothing. The horse has no foot problems at all.”

May 18, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Will Take Charge finished seventh, beaten 16 lengths by Oxbow. The chart call: "Will Take Charge broke inward brushing with the winner, settled off the pace, raced towards the inside past the five furlong marker but had no response."

Mike Smith: “He just really struggled with the racetrack. His legs were going everywhere from the word ‘go.’ He just couldn’t get a hold of it at all.”

May 23 NOTE: Will Take Charge is confirmed for the Belmont Stakes. Jon Court will take back the mount while Mike Smith returns to Palace Malice.

June 8, Grade I Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/2 Mile. Will Take Charge was tenth, beaten 17 lengths by Palace Malice. The chart call: "Will Take Charge pulled away after making light contact with Vyjack at the start, was strung out three wide on the opening bend, continued to race off the rail thereafter and failed to reach a contending position.

D. Wayne Lukas: “He will get better with maturity, especially as he gets older. He’s a big, growthy horse and those horses like him struggled a bit today.”

Jon Court: “I had a good trip around there, he just never really engaged. I think he was covered up for a while. It might have discouraged him steadily eating that dirt. In the past, when I’ve had success with him, I’ve been able to free him up from some of that. They all take some dirt. He just couldn’t make the run. He didn’t fire at the end.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Will Take Charge closed from last of nine to win his second race, a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Keeneland timed in 1:24.01. Next out, at 33-1 odds he finished last of 13 in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club with no apparent excuse. In his final race of 2012, the Springboard Mile, he led for six furlongs in 1:14.56 before giving way and finishing second by 1 1/4 length to Texas Bling. World Venturer was a half-length back in third. The Springboard Mile time was 1:39.65.

 

 

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