Jon & Joel recap what could have been the biggest weekend to date in the 2014 Triple Crown picture, including key outcomes in last Saturday’s Fountain of Youth and Risen Star Stakes, as well as explain how they effected the TCI Top 10. They also preview Havana’s comeback in this weekend’s Swale, and break down a talent-filled Gotham in New York.
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TCI Top 10
|1||Top Billing||98||FOY performance was as good of a third as you’ll see in a Derby prep, considering that nobody wins from last at Gulfstream.|
|2||Cairo Prince||100||Nothing short of awesome dominating a good Holy Bull group; Classic stamina and peaking early are concerns, talent isn’t.|
|3||Honor Code||98||His profile is better than stablemate Top Billing’s, but setbacks and missed preps this time of year are worrisome.|
|4||Shared Belief||102||The champ is a prime example of an immensely talented colt with serious stamina concerns; Recent setbacks don’t help.|
|5||Strong Mandate||97||Becoming a hard-luck colt like last year’s stablemate Oxbow, but he ran well in the Southwest despite all of the miscues.|
|6||Conquest Titan||93||Talented closer is now taking the Tampa Bay Derby path, and he’s one of many on this list who’s in need of Derby points.|
|7||Constitution||96||Showed his promise while crushing a good Gulfstream allowance field, but the water only gets deeper; Big test likely next.|
|8||Samraat||99||NY-bred has been fast and impressive around two turns; Still green in Withers win, so there’s room for further improvement.|
|9||Tonalist||93||Ran well behind a loose Constitution over a track that didn’t favor his running style; Physically looks tailor-made for the Classics.|
|10||Candy Boy||97||Another fast developer who now looks like California’s No. 2 behind Shared Belief, but he’ll likely run further than the champ.|
OFF: Matterhorn, Hartford