Lexington Stakes and Jerome Stakes recap

Taylor Made Stallions
by TCI 6 years ago

Jon and Joel put a wrap on the Kentucky Derby prep season and discuss the likely field that will be running for the roses in two weeks. They also discuss a big mover on the TCI Top 10.

Watch it. Comment.

TCI Top Ten with top speed rating

Rank Name Bris Comments
1 Union Rags 103 No longer the clear Derby fave; Need to see him train well in KY
2 Bodemeister 106 A “holy cow” breakthrough win in Arkansas Derby, but was it too fast?
3 Creative Cause 107 Consistent, classy, battle-tested and possesses a good style for the Derby
4 Gemologist 104 The fact that this colt is not in the Top 3 shows how good this crop is
5 El Padrino 111 He’s in now, and one who will benefit from Trinniberg’s pace presence
6 Hansen 105 A key Derby matchup will be the cruising speed of his vs. Nos. 2 & 4
7 Dullahan 102 His ability on real dirt remains a question, but Blue Grass winner is legit
8 I’ll Have Another 102 California 3yos have been dominant, and he won two big preps there
9 Alpha 104 Stepped up and passed a needed class test in the Wood, but figs are slow
10 Take Charge Indy 109 Took advantage of easy pace to win Florida Derby; Borel an obvious plus

through 4/23/2012


  • JR

    Hi Joel,
    With the addition of Trinniberg and the changes it makes to the field with Hansen and Bodemeister, and the other stalkers where fatigue could really be a factor, would this not set up for a closer i.e. Dullahan to come flying thru at the end? Also would this be a good set up for TCI and Union Rags who can sit in mid pack and make a closing run?

    Kind Regards,

    • Joelc

      JR, I think Trinniberg’s presence definitely creates a quicker pace scenario, which will set the race up for closers to have success. And not because it will be a deterrent for the other speed horses necessarily (assuming Bodemeister, Hansen, etc. will rate), but obviously an honest pace spreads the field out some and provides a better chance for all runners to successfully run their race — as opposed to a slow or moderate pace that would likely affect much of the field.

      An honest and fairly-run race is all we can ask for as fans. I hope we get it, and if Trinniberg helps by creating an honest early tempo then that will obviously be a key.

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