Masters & Super Derby preview

by TCI 5 years ago

The TCI Boys go on location to Keeneland on the heels of next week’s world-renowned September yearling sale. They discuss key races that are sure to have Breeders’ Cup implications, and catch up with Taylor Made Sales’ Mark Taylor to talk about the wide-ranging impact the upcoming sale has on the Thoroughbred horse racing industry.

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TCI Top 5 Sprinters

Rank Name Comments
1 Amazombie Defending champ deserves this spot on his class, consistency and love for Santa Anita
2 Emcee Breakthrough win in the Forego was big, but is he as good at six furlongs?
3 Gantry Dominant Smile winner is a perfect 7-for-7 at six furlongs and is much improved
4 The Factor Loves Santa Anita, but his ability at six furlongs against top sprinters is questionable
5 Capital Account Baffert’s on fire and this colt was always meant to be a good one; Improving and likes SA

OFF: Roman Threat, Trinniberg

through 9/6/2012


  • Joe Polander

    Joel, very impressive win by Bourbon Courage in the Super Derby. His connections are leaning towards running him again 10-6 in the Indiana Derby then possibly the BC Dirt Mile or BC Classic. I think he would be a major player in the BC Dirt Mile if he can hold his current form. Shackleford seems to be stumbling a bit, I think To Honor and Serve will wind up in the BC Classic, which I feel is too long for him and would be a mistake, I really like Tapazar as a major player in the Dirt Mile. He loves the track and is in good form. Coil is a contender but needs another race at 1 mile plus. Looks like the filly Snow Fairy may be coming over for the Turf. She beat top notch contender Nathanial and BC Defending Turf Champ St. Nicholas Abbey in her last race. I still think Point of Entry can possibly pull the upset in this one for the Americans. Point of Entry runs in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classsic on 10-29 vs. Little Mike. I think Point of Entry will put away Little Mike like he put away Turbo Compresser in his last race.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Joe, that horse was awesome at FG this winter, and I actually own him in one of my fantasy horse racing leagues lol. No question he’s talented. I loved him in the Woody Stephens UNTIL I found out he was having foot issues and had to wear a bar shoe in that race. After some time he clearly was working better, but I admit I would have nevere thought he would be a good horse at 1 1/8 miles or further when you look at his sprint/miler type pedigree. Well, I was clearly wrong. I didnt like the WV Derby in general, and he didnt run very fast winning the Super Derby – but he did it easy. So I agree, if he backs up to a mile I think he could be an interesting contender in the BC Dirt Mile. I’m interested to find out what his optimum distance will be…my guess is 7-8 furlongs.

      I do worry about Tapizar. I know he likes SA but he always seems to let you down when he faces top horses. Coil is the Dirt Mile contender I’m most interested in right now.

      Snow Fairy is a great mare and has been for many seasons over there it seems. I was hoping she would come over last year. I could see all 3 of those Euros coming over, which would essentially make them a lock to win that race again IMO. I like Point of Entry but I don’t like him enough to see him beating the Euros. I still think it’s going to take a horse getting loose on the lead (like Little Mike or Acclamation) to create the edge to be able to beat the Euros..and that still may not be good enough.

  • Joe Polander

    Joel, correction, Point of Entry is running next 9-29, typed the wrong date!

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