Gotham, San Felipe, & Tampa Bay Derby preview

by TCI 3 years ago

The Derby preps are in full force this weekend, and we breakdown the first wave of key 85-point races coast to coast. Several top colts are in action from the TCI Top 10, including the highly-anticipated seasonal debut from our No. 1 – Carpe Diem. Which stars will emerge as prime Derby contenders Saturday?

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Beyer
1 Carpe Diem 93
2 American Pharoah 101
3 Dortmund 103
4 Texas Red 104
5 Daredevil 107
6 Khozan 103
7 Far From Over 96
8 Firing Line 103
9 Upstart 106
10 Ocean Knight 93

through 3/5/2015


  • Hi Joel – The KY Derby Trail is really heating up now! Impressive wins by Dortmund and Carpe Diem.The horse that I am going to ask you about is Bolo. Bolo was making his first start on dirt and his 3 yr. old debut. I was impressed by the way he ran and he is eligible to improve off of his next start. Glad he picked up 10 derby points, he will need another 3rd place finish to get him into the Derby. Here’s my top 8 Joel – #1 Dortmund #2 C. Diem #3 Far From Over #4 Prospect Park #5 Firing Line #6 Bolo #7 Metaboss #8 T. Red. Joel – What are your current views of Bolo? I love his tactical speed. A rematch could be looming in the SA Derby.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Hey JoeP!

      Bolo put to rest any concerns that he’s just a turf horse. I agree that he ran very well off a mini layoff to push such a top, in-form colt as Dortmund. His tactical ability and grinding style is one that I like in a race like the Derby, and his pedigree is one of the best of this crop in terms of stamina so the trip is no concern.

      I did get the impression that Dortmund – who oddly found himself on the lead as sharp as he was – isn’t at his best when he’s up front by himself…he seems to like a target. However, it wasn’t a taxing trip for Dortmund, and speed always dangerous at SA. So, I think Bolo ran well and has upside…I think Dortmund ran well and is doing well, however I’m not convinced he ran his best race yesterday, which makes him even scarier in the SA Derby…but the horse that I came away impressed with is Prospect Park.

      If you go back and watch, Desormeaux was out-moved by Dortmund and Bolo turning for home and really didn’t get to make a run with PP except for the final 1/8th of a mile or so. I just think he’s a much-improved colt with a big ceiling, and I liked how he finished once he got out..he looked to weave a little bit which may have cost him a bit, but the bottom line is he came home fast considering he wasn’t in the best position or sitting the best trip behind a moderate pace. I think he’s very dangerous next time in the SA Derby, which will be a terrific race if they get all 3 of these horses back.

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