Jon and Joel discuss a shakeup in the TCI Top 10 after Flashback’s loss in the San Felipe Stakes. Did Verrazano’s Tampa Bay Derby score finally prove enough to move him into the top spot? The TCI boys also look forward to Saturday’s important $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn, and talk about how the pace scenario could become much more contested for Super Ninety Nine this time around. But if ’99′ falls short, who can beat him?
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TCI Top 10
|1||Revolutionary||103||Moves into the top spot due to others’ shortcomings, but must earn keeping it in the Louisiana Derby.|
|2||Verrazano||104||Likely Derby favorite proved that his class and rare talent will take him far, but can it take him 1 ¼ miles?|
|3||Flashback||99||San Felipe speed dual was a setback, but love the addition of a strong rider like Gomez to harness his speed.|
|4||Orb||102||Showed quality in FOY when winning from off the pace over a speed-type track; Will only get better.|
|5||Oxbow||98||Expect him to be a top contender in the Rebel with the upgrade of Smith and running on his home track.|
|6||Itsmyluckyday||111||Likely FL Derby favorite is clearly the fastest 3yo by speed figs right now, but still has plenty to prove.|
|7||Tiz the Truth||92||His month-long absence from the work tab is discouraging, but Baffert still hopeful he can make a final prep.|
|8||Shanghai Bobby||103||Champ is as classy as they come, however, he seems the least likely from this list to excel at 1 ¼ miles.|
|9||Palace Malice||102||Gets Prado in return to the Big Easy for La. Derby; Must move forward mentally and physically.|
|10||Vyjack||100||Shown versatility, a dynamic turn of foot, and the will to win; Needs it all against Verrazano in Wood.|