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BIG BAZINGA--Moved from Just In Case April 17
CONSTITUTION--Moved from Looking Good April 16



Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Breeder: Helen Alexander
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Offlee Wild (Wild Again, Alvear)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Alittlebitearly (Thunder Gulch, Aquilegia)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-3-11-0-0 (22) 3.00
Foal Date: May 3, 2011

$320,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2013.


On Jan. 13, Bayern worked four in :49.20 (13/28) at SA.
On Jan. 19, Bayern worked five in 1.00:20 (5/54) at SA.
On Feb. 6, Bayern worked six in 1.11:00 (1/17) at SA.
On March 3, Bayern worked five in :59:80 (18/65) at SA.
On March 20, Bayern worked four in :47:40 (7/47) at SA.
On March 26, Bayern worked five in 1.00:00 (8/37) at SA.
On March 31, Bayern worked five in 1.00:80 (20/46) at SA.
On April 6, Bayern worked seven in 1.23:80 (1/5) at SA.


Jan. 4, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Bayern was dominant in his debut, prevailing by 3 1/4 lengths at 4-5 odds in a time of 1:22.24 under Gary Stevens. He attended a pace of :22.50 and :45.19 set by Hold Everything -- who faded to finish a badly-beaten seventh of eight -- before taking command leaving the turn. Rprettyboyfloyd finished second, Snuggley Bear third. The chart call: "Bayern had speed between horses then dueled outside a rival, took the lead past midway on the turn, inched clear into the stretch and proved best under some light urging and good handling."

Jan. 23 NOTE: Has been ill, according to a major publication. Specifics were not disclosed, but it must be recent because he breezed on Jan. 19.

Feb. 13, Entry Level Allowance, Santa Anita, One Mile. Bayern, ridden by Gary Stevens, stretched out to a mile and dominated, winning by 15 lengths while getting the distance in 1:35.7. He was ridden out past the wire another sixteenth of a mile. Bayern was the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of five. Breaking sharply from the rail, Bayern went to the front and was kept off the rail by Stevens, who had to contend with longshot Brother Soldier, who broke slowly and rushed up to engage the winner around the first turn and into the backstretch. With Brother Soldier very keen to his outside, Stevens eased back to second approaching the five furlong pole, but turned his horse loose going to the half and he had a five length advantage on Brother Soldier passing the quarter pole. Tap It Rich, errratically finished second, 5 3/4 lengths ahead of Brother Soldier.

Gary Stevens: “I don’t think I was quite test driving him, but when I did ask him to pick it up at the eighth pole, he exploded. I didn’t want to get into a speed duel and taking the blinkers off was a big help today. He was listening to what I did and was relaxed down the backside and he was relaxed throughout.

Bob Baffert: This is what you want to see, and it gets your hopes up. I would just make sure he comes out of it and give him plenty of time. He ran fast.”

Feb. 15 NOTE: Private clocker Gary Young on Feb. 14: “He was very impressive. He was a nice horse at the sale back in Maryland, he was a nice horse training for his first race. Bayern wasn’t really running when Tap It Rich kind of got bumped at the start and had his mental issues, but the way he won, there’s no way you can fault him. He’s a nice horse.” Bayern earned a 92 Beyer Speed figure.

March 7 NOTE: Santa Anita press office says Bayern has what is "reportedly" a "possible deep bruise" in a front foot one day after it was announced he was out of the San Felipe Stakes with a foot bruise.

April 12, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Bayern faded to third, beaten 5 1/4 lengths after setting the pace. Danza won at 41-1 odds after a ground-saving trip. After breaking from post 1, Danza was never far back. Fourth, then third at the first three calls, he stayed close to Bayern, who set the pace in :23.72, :47.72 and 1:12.29. Coming out of the second turn, Danza and Joe Bravo came through on the rail and moved off from the field to prevail by 4 3/4 lengths over second finisher Ride On Curlin, who was in sixth place of eight in early running, 4 1/2 lengths off the pace. Tapiture toiled in mid-pack and went five wide into the stretch before finishing fourth. He was beaten 7 1/4 lengths. The time was 1:49.68.

Gary Stevens: "I had a good comfortable trip, a nice comfortable pace and it picked up nice. Approaching the quarter-pole, the winner came up inside of me. I thought I was going to be able to stay with him and I thought my horse was going to give him a little fight, but he didn't."

Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert: "I have to talk to Bob and see what he thinks. I would have liked to have seen him let him run and maybe come after him."




Trainer: Katerina Vassilieva
Owner: Derby Dreamers Racing Stable
Breeder: Sheltowee Farm, Alfonso Mazzetti, Dr. Robert J Hunt & Rodney Winkle
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat, She's a Winner)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Darling Daughter (Maria's Mon, Miss Carmella (IRE))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-7-0-0 (14) 3.00
Foal Date: March 21, 2011

A gelding.

$32,000 RNA Keeneland January 2012.
$25,000 Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE: A goal is the Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine on June 22.

On March 12, Big Bazinga breezed five on firm turf in 1:03.90 (2/5) at PMM.
On April 6, Big Bazinga breezed four in :47:60 (8/63) at KEE.


Jan. 25, Grade II Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Big Bazinga finished last of 11, beaten 33 lengths.

Feb. 22, Entry Level Allowance Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 Furlongs (T). Big Bazinga, at 12-1 odds finished second to Divine Oath, beaten a neck. The time was 1:28.27.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Big Bazinga finished fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths after running evenly throughout in fourth, fifth or sixth at each call.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Big Bazinga finished fourth, beaten 8 3/4 lengths, after being placed last at the first call. Dance With Fate got the job done with a closing, going-away move. Medal Count also closed to get second place, beaten 1 3/4 lengths. Pablo Del Monte, who led the field through fractions of :23.58, :47.59 and 1:12.74, faded to third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Medal Count. The final time was 1:50.06.

Brian Hernandez Jr.: “He ran a big race. We had a great trip up until about the three-eighths pole when we had to wait a little while for a little clearing. Once he got through, he came running again.”

April 16 NOTE: Big Bazinga, originally set to be shipped off to Canada, will remain at Keeneland at least through the weekend in case he might make it into the Kentucky Derby.


Big Bazinga raced three times, breaking his maiden at Woodbine in his debut going a mile and 70 yards on the main track, finishing second to Ami's Holiday, beaten a half-length, in the Grade III Grey Stakes, also on the main track, but then running a desultory seventh in the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 23, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Rise Up. The chart call in the latter race: "Big Bazinga was allowed to settle, then raced three wide on the backstretch, made a bid heading into the far turn to upper stretch then faltered."


Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: T. F. VanMeter
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Master Command (A.P. Indy, Lady Lochinvar)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Mother (Lion Hearted, Proper Lassie)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-6-12-0-1 (22) 2.14
Foal Date: March 23, 2011

$60,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall 2012.
$75,000 OBS 2013.


On Dec. 20, Commanding Curve breezed four in :50.40 (52/79) at FG.
On Dec. 30, Commanding Curve breezed five in 1;03.80 (45/53) at FG.
On Jan. 5, Commanding Curve breezed five in :59.80 (1/79) at FG.
On Jan. 16, Commanding Curve breezed six in 1:14.80 (1/2) at FG.
On Jan. 24, Commanding Curve breezed six in 1:14.60 (1/2) at FG.
On Feb. 2, Commanding Curve breezed six in 1:14.80 (1/2) at FG.
On Feb. 9, Commanding Curve worked five in 1:00.40 B (1/80) at FG.
On Feb. 16, Commanding Curve breezed six in 1.14:00 (1/7) at FG.
On March 7, Commanding Curve breezed six in 1.13:60 (1/3) at FG.
On March 15, Commanding Curve breezed five in 1.01:00 (11/55) at FG.
On March 22, Commanding Curve breezed five in 1.01:40 (12/44) at FG.
On April 10, Commanding Curve breezed four in :48:20 (6/24) at CD.


Feb. 6 NOTE: “We plan on giving him a couple of more works between now and the Risen Star, but we’re very pleased with the way this horse has come along for us, and we’re looking forward to this next race (in the Risen Star),” said trainer Stewart.

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Commanding Curve and Robby Albarado finished sixth, beaten 8 1/4 lenths by Intense Holiday. He moved from 11th to eighth during the first six furlongs while gaining some lengths, but he dropped back to his original deficit by the time the race was over.

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Commanding Curve was third. In a roughly run race, Vicar’s in Trouble stayed out of just that by going to the lead and staying there. He cut through fractions of :23.56, :47.86, 1:12.14 and 1:37.15 before winning in 1:50.77 in the 1 1/8-mile race. Intense Holiday rated off the pace in fourth or fifth and started moving up going into the turn while saving ground. He was bumped by Louies Flower, costing him momentum, but he managed to forge ahead to get second, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, despite ducking in sharply in the stretch while under a left-handed whip. Commanding Curve was pinched back at the start and forced in. That left him running last after a half-mile, 8 1/2 lengths off the lead. After going three and four wide on the far turn, he checked in third, beaten five lengths. In Trouble finished another 3 3/4 lengths back in fourth and was moved down to fifth after coming out twice on Albano in the stretch.

Robby Albarado: “He’s progressing every time. I got eliminated at the start, but he ran on so easily. There’s more there.”


He debuted at Saratoga, finishing fifth behind winner Grand Arrival.  

His other three races were all at Churchill Downs. Going a mile on Sept. 28, he was beaten only a neck by 3-5 favorite Purple Sky. On Nov. 7, he ran third behind Chas's Legacy and Thundergram going two turns for the first time, 1 1/16 mile, beaten less than a length.

Nov. 30, Maiden Special Weight, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Fourth time was the charm for Commanding Curve, 3-1 co-favorite at post time.. Timed in 1:44.34 under Shaun Bridgmohan, he was best of 12 runners after coming from about four lengths off the pace. Harbor Bound finished second, beaten 1 1/2 length, and Irish You Well was another 12 1/4 lengths back in third. The chart call: "Commanding Curve broke a step slow, settled in hand, advanced between rivals at will, loomed large four wide leaving the second turn, shook clear and held safely."


Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC & WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: Grapestock LLC & Fox Hill Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Baffled (Distorted Humor, Surf Club)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-6-8-1-0 (20) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 11, 2011

$400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August 2011.

NEXT RACE: Look for him to return to training around the middle or end of June after recovering from a hairline fracture.

On Feb. 2, Constitution breezed four in :49.50 (44/82) at PMM.
On Feb. 9, Constitution breezed four in :48:30 (12/67) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Constitution breezed four in :47:95 (2/55) at PMM.
On March 8, Constitution breezed four in :50:60 (62/71) at PMM.
On March 15, Constitution breezed five in 1.01:50 (11/25) at PMM.
On March 22, Constitution breezed four in :49:30 (22/55) at PMM.
On April 13, Constitution breezed four in :50:60 (17/17) at PMM.


Jan. 10 NOTE:  Constitution was entered to run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 4 and was the 5-2 choice on the morning line, but he was scratched after drawing the rail. Vinceremos won the race for the same connections. “We did scratch because of the post, but we also felt that Vinceremos was going to win,” WinStar President Elliott Walden said. “He had had a start and finished second -- he was ready to win, and we felt that it was the right thing to do.”

Jan. 11, MaIden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. This was his debut, and Constitution won the hard way. Away slowly from the gate, Javier Castellano put him into the race going up the backstretch. He took the rail route throughout and outmatched Juba in a stretch-long duel to win by a length. Early fractions were very fast, the half in under :45. Constitution was timed in 1:23.36 after hitting the furlong marker in 1;09.71. The chart call: "Constitution hesitated at the start, rushed up the rail into contention, dueled inside Juba into the stretch, took over and edged away under urging."

Javier Castellano: “Sometimes, with first-time starters you never know how they’re going to break. He’s been showing speed in the morning. Today he was the second horse loaded in the gate in a big field of horses, and I think he waited too long. When they opened the gate, he was surprised. After that, when he saw the daylight, he ran off. He wanted to run today, and he wanted to put on a good show. I would have liked to cover up a little more behind horses, but I couldn’t find it because half of the rest of the field was outside. He didn’t get panicked because he went really tight on the rail. I really like him because he’s got good heart, good courage and he never gave up. You could see with those very fast fractions, he never gave up. He just kept going and I let him gallop out. I think this is a special horse.”

WinStar's Elliott Walden: “He didn’t break well, and he’s been a free-running colt, so that did concern us. But he is very athletic, and he showed that in the first eighth of a mile when he got back into the race again and into position. It was nice to see him overcome that down the stretch. It was a really, really good effort, and you don’t see them do that very often. You might see them get back into it, but then they back up and finish third or fourth. It was pretty impressive. He’s very fast, so I’m not sure that we would go right to two turns with him. We’ll see how it goes.”

Feb. 22, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Under Javier Castellano, Constitution left the gate as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10, and he won easily. After once again having some difficulty breaking cleanly from the gate, Constitution was soon on the lead with a quarter-mile run in :24.31, the half in :47.71 and six furlongs in 1:11.03. Longshot Big Guy Ian chased Constitution up the backstretch in vain, vying with Tonalist, the 5-2 second choice, for second position. Tonalist kept running and stayed on to get the place, beaten 3 1/4 lengths behind a winning time of 1:42.19. Mexikoma broke from post 10 and trailed the field after a half-mile, 10 1/2 lengths in arrears. He made a quality late run to take the third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Tonalist. Wicked strong finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, after also trailing much of the field in the early running.

Todd Pletcher: “It actually played out really well. I just wanted to make sure we got to the first turn in a good position. I don’t know why he broke as poorly as he did first time because he’s not a bad gate horse, but he broke cleanly today and Javier was able to get to the position we wanted to be in, and he ran really well from there He’s certainly very talented. The issue that we have with all of these that are only making their second start and didn’t start until this year, historically, I think we’re trying to buck a trend, but I think we have a horse that’s talented enough to keep moving in the right direction.”

March 29, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Constitution edged Wildcat Red, with General a Rod close by and favored Cairo Prince fourth. With General a Rod and Constitution tracking him, Wildcat Red went through the opening quarter-mile in :24.01. Spot was third after a half-mile in :48.19, with Constitution still close. Spot quickly faded while the other three kept running, and six furlongs were in the book in 1:12.00. General a Rod loomed and Cairo Prince made his move. Constitution moved up on the rail entering the stretch. At the furlong marker, Constitution led by a head in 1:36.46. He managed to keep Wildcat Red at bay and prevailed by a neck. General a Rod finished another 1 1/4 length behind, and Cairo Prince was beaten 3 3/4 lengths by the winner, timed in 1:49.16.

Todd Pletcher: “I’m very, very proud of him. It’s a testament to the quality of horse he is – to go from a maiden to an allowance to a grade 1 and to show a different running style and get some dirt in his face and put in an effort like that against much more seasoned horses. It was a huge effort.

“It didn’t unfold exactly like we had planned. We were thinking we’d be in the same stalking position that General a Rod was in. When that didn’t happen, Javier called an audible and tucked into a good spot. He felt there might be a good opportunity to slip inside Wildcat Red at some point. He was able to cut the corner and get through there. You know when he gets in a battle with Wildcat Red, it’s going to be a battle. It gives you confidence moving forward, knowing he got some education and got some dirt in his face.

"I could see the opening. I was actually watching the race live, but also had a TV close by with the head-on view and could see that Wildcat Red was a bit off the rail down the backside. I saw Johnny take a look back like he knew Javier was there, but by that point the seam was kind of open.

“In his first start, he didn't break well at all and he rushed up the rail. He was in a pretty long duel that day and I thought he showed that type of potential.

“Wildcat Red is a fighter. You know that if you get to him, you're going to have to keep working. It looked like they were both finding more and it looked like in the last 50, 60 yards he found a little more.

“We were maybe putting all of our eggs in one basket, but the Florida Derby was the plan that we were all comfortable with. If it happened, fine, and if it didn't, then the timing just wasn't right for him this year. Luckily for us, it all fell into place."

Javier Castellano: “At the three-eighths pole I thought I’d have to go around two horses, the two pacemaker horses. But one thing, it was kind of early and second, I was going to lose a lot of ground. I just took my shot, and it worked out great.

“I was very confident with the horse. The first time I rode the horse, he really impressed me. He broke slow out of the gate and he kind of run off on the backside and I hooked up with the pacemaker. We went in :22, :44 and the horse still had something in the tank at the top of the stretch. That impressed me very much. As soon as I jumped off the horse, I told Mr. Walden and Mr. Pletcher, ‘That’s a super horse.’ I’ve never seen a horse like that, a first-time starter, do that the way he did it. It was impressive.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m from Venezuela, and when I came to this country my first stop was in Florida. I’ve been watching a lot of Florida Derbies, and I always wanted to win one. To win it here is very special.

“I’ve been riding him twice, and the second time was very impressive. We stretched him out, he broke better out of the gate, he ran two turns. I think he learned a lot the second time. He was able to relax beautiful in the race. I think the horse is learning little by little, and he has got a great future.

"It's really hard to predict with young horses, anything can happen. We had bad news with Honor Code last week, so you never know. And now Constitution has come on and won the Florida Derby very impressively. I like the horse a lot, have a lot of confidence in him.

"I took a shot (staying on the rail). It's race-riding. Sometimes you have to anticipate what's going to happen in the race and you study the jockeys. I know that Johnny V isn't going to open the rail for anybody. I took a shot and his horse didn't help him much, when he tried to drift a little. I cut the corner and it worked out great for me. I didn't want to get to the hole and move too soon, a premature move.

My mount is a young horse and stretching out to a mile and an eighth. You want to take consideration and save something for the end. I didn't want to check and lose the race like that. I had my spot and I kept it all the way to the top of the stretch."

Elliott Walden, president of co-owner WinStar Farm: "We try to name horses like they'll be in the stallion barn someday. It was a no-brainer with a well-bred colt like this. Todd will decide when the horse goes to Kentucky. (Todd is) going to go down as the greatest of all time, so we just kind of hint at things. He does a great job and he usually comes to the right decision."

March 30 NOTE: Constitution may ship to Kentucky about 12 days before the Derby. Trainer Pletcher said he'd be watching the weather and wants the colt to put in a workout at Churchill Downs.





Trainer: Mike Maker
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC, Terry Raymond & Jane Wagner
Breeder: Brereton C. Jones and B. Ned Jones
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Harlan's Holiday (Harlan, Christmas in Aiken)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Daisy Mason (Orientate, Leslie's Lady)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-0-4-0-0 (6) 2.00
Foal Date: April 4, 2011

Claimed by current ownership for $30,000 out of his debut.

Late-nominated to the Triple Crown.


On March 15, Harry's Holiday breezed five in 1:01.40 (5/28) at TP.
On April 5, Harry’s Holiday breezed five in 1.01:60 (1/1) at CD.


Harry's Holiday finished fifith in the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa and came back to win the 6 1/2-furlong 96ROCKS Stakes at Turfway Park in rousing, going-away fashion. He tried to make a similar move in the John Battaglia Memorial going two turns for the first time, but he faltered to a third-place finish, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by the front-running Solitary Ranger.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. In a blanket finish, We Miss Artie got up in the shadow of the wire to win. Harry's Holiday was second by a nose, Coastline third by a neck and Asserting Bear fourth by two lengths. Harry's Holiday, always prominent, had the lead in the far turn and looked like the winner as the finish line neared. Coastline, who never was far back, was breathing down his neck, but We Miss Artie got up just in time. The time was 1:52.26. We Miss Artie was seventh after a half-mile, but only 3 1/4 lengths back of a split of :47.21 set by Almost Famous and Solitary Ranger. We Miss Artie made a long, sustained run that started going into the far turn with six furlongs in the book in 1:12.43. Velazquez steered him five wide, and they were five wide coming into the lane.

Rose Napravnik, aboard Harry’s Holiday: “I kind of thought Johnny had me on the outside. I was afraid he nipped us right at the end. But my horse did a great job. He was totally passed by (Coastline) and came back and stuck his nose out in front and ran a great race. It’s a speed favoring track, and the outside is better and that’s where you got to be.”

March 27 NOTE: Harvey Diamond said on March 26, “He’ll let us know if he needs another race. We won’t push him to make the Derby unless he shows us he wants to go. If you listen to the horse, he’ll tell you if he’s ready.”

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Harry’s Holiday finished 13th,, beaten 28 1/4 lengths by Dance With Fate after becoming worked up during the post parade.

Rosie Napravnik: “I had to run for position into the first turn, and there were a couple of us in pretty tight. But I ended up in a great spot. We didn’t really have an excuse from there.”



Harry's Holiday won a $30,000 maiden claimer at Churchill Downs, six furlongs on the dirt, in his debut.  He was in the hunt throughout. That was followed by a second-place finish in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer at the same track and a win of a 6 1/2-furlong starter-optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 20 to close out 2013.


Trainer: Wesley Ward
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Wesley Ward
Breeder: Wesley Ward
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat, Mariah's Storm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): One Hot Wish (Bring the Heat, Wish for a Jeanne)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-1-21-0-0 (24) 1.29
Foal Date: March 31, 2011

No auction history.


On Jan. 16, Pablo Del Monte breezed five in 1:02.47 (6/10) at GP.
On Jan. 22, Pablo Del Monte breeze five in 1.01:94 (3/11) at GP.
On March 15, Pablo del Monte breezed six in 1.13:40 (1/3) at KEE.
On March 22, Pablo Del Monte breezed five in :58:40 (1/19) at KEE.
On March 30, Pablo del Monte worked six in 1.14:00 (2/2) at KEE.
On April 5, Pablo Del Monte breezed six in 1.13:00 (1/6) at KEE.


Jan. 1, Gulfstream Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Pablo Del Monte finished fourth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths by General a Rod. He was on or near the lead as this race started unfolding, but soon he was near the back of the pack, though not very far back from the lead, and by the time they’d run six furlongs, he was still sixth, three lengths off the pace. The chart call: “Pablo Del Monte stalked the pace four wide into the stretch and had no response when asked.”

Jan. 29 NOTE: “I was hoping he would go further,” Ward said, “but his mother was a sprinter, so we’ll shorten him up a little bit and he should be good,” trainer Ward said.

Feb. 1, Grade II Hutcheson Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Wildcat Red ran seven furlongs in 1:22.21, hitting the wire 4 3/4 lengths in front of C. Zee. Pablo Del Monte came on to be third, another half-length behind. Wildcat Red ranged up to the lead turning for home and drew away to win by daylight. Gambler’s Ghost led through a quarter-mile in :22.30 and a half in :44.87 with Mighty Brown alongside and Wildcat Red settled in a stalking spot in fourth, then third. Javier Castellano steered Wildcat Red outside approaching the final turn and took command with little resistance, pulling clear under a hand ride.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Pablo Del Monte led the field through fractions of :23.58, :47.59 and 1:12.74, then faded to third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths. Dance With Fate got the job done with a closing, going-away move. Medal Count also closed to get second place, beaten 1 3/4 lengths. Big Bazinga was fourth, another 5 1/4 lengths back, after being placed last at the first call. The final time was 1:50.06.

Victor Espinoza: "He broke OK and I was able to take the lead easy. He was nice and comfortable and was just loping around. Turning for home, he spooked a little bit and it cost him a few strides. I still thought he had enough because he was going so easy. When he lost his stride, it kind of cost me but he was able to recover. I thought I would at least get second.”

Wesley Ward: “The plan was, I told Victor, to ride him just like he rode (California Chrome) in the Santa Anita Derby, and he was only two spots away. Very happy with how he ran. We’re ecstatic and very proud of him.”


Pablo Del Monte broke his maiden on April 7 by five lengths going 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland, then was off until beating winners going 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 13, again at Keeneland. Both victories came on the main track in gate-to-wire fashion.

On Nov. 30, Pablo Del Monte finished fifth of six as the even-money favorite in the Grade III Generous on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park. Running evenly, he was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Global View. He "had speed outside rivals then stalked off the rail, continued three deep on the second turn and into the stretch, drifted in a bit in deep stretch and lacked the needed late kick."

Dec. 27 NOTE: “He just couldn’t be training any better, and that’s the reason we’re going for (the Gulfstream Park Derby),” trainer Ward said. “I’m excited to get him on the dirt. He goes so well over it, so we’re anxious to see what he can do. I raced the mother (One Hot Wish), and she was a very fast horse, but she preferred the Polytrack or the turf. This guy seemed to have an affinity for Polytrack early on, and when I breezed him on the grass he breezed OK, but not outstanding. I took a chance and took him out to Hollywood and he ran an average race. It wasn’t bad; it wasn’t great. He had no troubled trips as far as the running of the race or anything. But since I breezed him on the dirt here at Gulfstream, he just seemed to love it. We breezed him again (this) week, and he looked great. There’s no question in my mind he’s going to like it. The turf was always a question for him. With the breeding he has, I didn’t think it would be a problem, but it really was. I’m looking forward to this race. He’s an extremely talented horse. I’m anxious to see how far he can go. It’s really the only question I have. I don’t think the mile is going to be any problem whatsoever, but, obviously, this time of year you’re thinking big things. You just want to see how far he’ll go.”

Dec. 27 NOTE (part 2): Blinkers off for the Gulfstream Park Derby. “He has a lot of natural speed just because of the talent he has, but I think he’s very ratable,” trainer Ward said. “Generally, for the most part at this time of year I take the blinkers off most of the horses just to get them to relax and go a little further. The first part of the year, I try to put the blinkers on to keep them more focused. But, he seemed to relax really well with the blinkers off, so I’m looking for a big effort.”



Trainer: Manuel Azpura
Owner: Rontos Racing Stable Corp.
Breeder: Robert Tillyer, Martin Keogh & Dr. Chet Blackey
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker, Star of Goshen)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Saint Bernadette (Saint Ballado, Wedding Jitters)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-3-7-1-0 (16) 2.56
Foal Date: May 1, 2011

$60,000 Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE: Owner said on April 6 he's pointing to the Preakness.

On March 5,Social Inclusion breezed three in :35:28 (2/17) at GP.
On March 8, Social Inclusion breezed threee in :35:83 (3/18) at GP.
On March 22, Social Inclusion breezed four in :49:34 (43/69) at GP.
On March 26, Social Inclusion breezed three in :35:42 (1/8) at GP.
On March 29, Social Inclusion breezed four in :46:80 (2/51) at GP.
On April 16, Social Inclusion breezed three in :35:04 (2/9) at CRC.


Feb. 22, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, Six Furlongs. Social Inclusion debuted with a resounding 7 1/2-length win timed in 1:09.35 under Luis Contreras. First at each call, he increased his advantage on the turn and continued to drew off under urging.

March 12, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Social Inclustion ran away with the race and set a new track record, timed in 1:40.97. Honor Code finished a distant second, beaten 10 lengths. We're All Set was another 17 3/4 lengths back in third. Honor Code was the 1-2 favorite; Social Inclusion was sent off at 7-5. Only five ran.  First at each call, Social Inclusion increased his advantage on the far turn and continued to drew off under urging. Fractions -- :23.20, :47.52, 1:10.70, 1:34.68. The old track record wasn't very old. Devil's Cave ran 1:40.00 on Feb. 16 of this year in the Grade II Sabin Stakes.

Manny Azpura: Declined to name a next start.  “I really like this horse and I like everything he’s done since I’ve got him. I’m so pleased with him and I believe he’s going to keep improving. I told my wife before the race, ‘You’re going to see him break out of the gate and they’re never going to catch him. They’ll be 10 lengths behind.’”

Luis Contreras, aboard Social Inclusion: “He was doing it so easy. I wasn’t doing anything. He’s a tremendous horse.

Ron Sanchez (Rontos Racing Stable Corp.):  “From the first time we trained him, we knew he was something special. The next step, we’re going to wait and see how he comes out of the race. We’ll take our time. We’ll wait until next week and decide, but we definitely want to go to the (Kentucky) Derby.”

April 5, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/18 Mile. Wicked Strong closed down the center of the stretch to win. He relaxed in sixth, four lengths off the lead after a half-mile and was still fourth, two lengths back, with a furlong left. But he easily cleared the field for a 3 1/2-length win in 1:49.31. Schivarelli relinquished the lead to Social Inclusion after a quarter mile run in :23.79. Social inclusion led through fractions of :47.47, 1:11.18 and still was in front by 1 1/2 length after a mile in 1:36.39. But he could not hold off the winner -- and failed to hold off Samraat as well, who edged him by a nose for the place. Samraat was never worse than fourth at any call. Schivarelli was a non-threatening fourth.

Manny Azpurua, trainer of Social Inclusion: "It was very good. Next time he'll win; he'll kill them."

Luis Contreras, rider of Social Inclusion: "He can run all day. I don't think he had problems with the distance. I had so much horse before the quarter pole, I just tried to open up, and he just kind of ran flat. He was trying hard. Today he was so nervous in the post parade. He was never like that, but this is his third race.

He broke a little bit to the outside, but I pushed two or three times from the gate and he was on his game. I just tried to keep him very strong on the bit. He was very strong from the quarter pole, but that horse just went by him late. He wasn't tired. He didn't give me that kick like he usually does. That's horse racing."





Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC
Breeder: Machmer Hall
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker, Star of Goshen)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Kettle's Sister (More Than Ready, Safe at the Plate)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-3-2-0-0 (8) 7.00
Foal Date: March 20, 2011

$140,000 Keeneland September 2012.
$340,000 Keeneland April 2013.

Vinceremos is named for a therapeutic riding center in West Palm Beach, and it means "we shall overcome."


On Jan. 19, Vinceremos breezed four in :49:00 (19/51) at PMM.
On Jan. 26, Vinceremos breezed five in 1.01:70 (8/25) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Vinceremos breezed four in :49.30 (35/55) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Vinceremos breezed five in 1.01:70 (9/14) at PMM.
On March 2, Vinceremos breezed four in :48:45 (5/33) at PMM.
On March 23, Vinceremos breezed four in :49:80 (32/50) at PMM.
On March 30, Vinceremos breezed four in :47:40 (1/35) at PMM.
On April 6, Vinceremos breezed four in :49:25 (11/24) at PMM.


Jan. 4, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Vinceremos won in a time of 1:39.49 under Edgar Prado. He was fifth early after being bumped at the start, looked like he would have clear sailing home, and was steadied at the sixteenth pole. He won by a head, I'mbetterthangood second, Storm Trooper third.

Feb. 1, Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Edgar Prado gave Vinceremos a crafty ride and surprised even his own connections with a nose victory. Looking hopelessly beaten on the far turn after being part of the early pace, Prado figured Vinceremos likes a target and felt he had plenty of horse left. He was right on both counts, and Vinceremos cut the corner, got the lead and surged to the wire, holding off stable mate Harpoon by a nose. Timed in 1:47.34, it was the slowest run rendition of the race since 2002, when Bunk N Ted completed distance in 1:49.86.  Cousin Stephen finished third, beaten three parts of a length after setting a pressured pace of :24.35, :48.77 and 1:13.61 to the outside of Vinceremos. Matador rallied from sixth place to finish fourth. Asserting Bear, third in the early going, and looking threatening when he hit the stretch, faded to fifth.

Randy Gullatt, racing manager for Twin Creeks Racing Stables, said he'd defer to Pletcher but that the Tampa Bay Derby looks like the logical next spot for Vinceremos.

Ginny DePasquale, assistant to Todd Pletcher: “That was really amazing. It looked like he was dropping back and was done for the day, and all of a sudden there he was. Then (Harpoon) came running on the outside. A dead heat would have been perfect. You never know when they are going to step up to the plate and he obviously did at the right time.”

Randy Gullatt, racing manager for co-owner Twin Creeks Racing Stables: “Edgar didn’t want to make the lead too quick with him because he wants to wait on other horses. If he has a target, Edgar says he digs in, and you just have to be patient and not make the lead too quick. He said he could have gotten away from him on the turn, but he had to wait on those other horses to get by so he had a target. It was a great job on Edgar’s part. We’re learning about him every time. I would think the Tampa Bay Derby is the next logical race and if he is doing well, that would be Todd's choice.”

Edgar Prado: “He was relaxed, and I was confident that he would be there for me when I asked. The pace picked up getting into the turn but I didn’t want to use what we had that soon, so I let them get away from us. Entering the stretch, there was still room on the inside, and he responded when I set him down. He was still going strong to the finish, but I knew it would be close.”

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Ring Weekend ran through early fractions of :23.62, :46.68 and 1:11.41 en route to a win in 1:43.71. Vinceremos, always in a good spot and battling with Surfing U S A, finished second, beaten three lengths. Surfing U S A was third, another 3/4 length back, and Conquest Titan came from eighth of 10 to finish fourth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths overall. In fifth was Matador, a 5 3/4-length loser.

Edgar Prado on runner-up Vinceremos: “He did everything just right. We got good position tracking the group behind the leader. He was relaxed running with other horses like he usually is, and when I asked him to run, he ran past horses quickly. But the winner was gone.”

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Vinceremos finished dead last of 14, beaten 28 1/2 lengths by Dance With Fate.

Julien Leparoux: “It set up like we thought. He broke good and I put him in the race – a little wider at the turn but the number 12, there is nothing we can do. He sat there very nice and relaxed but when the race started to get going at the three-eighths pole he just didn’t really kick at the end.”


On Nov. 30, Vinceremos debuted in a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park. Racing on a sloppy track at six furlongs under Edgar Prado at 4-5 odds, he came in second to Three Quarter Roy, beaten six lengths, and was three clear of the third finisher, River Pride. Vinceremos was in fifth early on. The winner came home in 1:10.83. Three Quarter Roy finished sixth in the Pasco Stakes in his next start.




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