The guys of TCI try to put the pieces together after an up-and-down week that included the injury of Top Billing, a 10-length loss by Honor Code, the continued disappearance of Shared Belief, among other things. They also preview Saturday’s Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn.
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TCI Top 10
|1||Cairo Prince||100||Recent bullet work puts FL Derby squarely in his crosshairs; Darley’s investment shows McLaughlin’s confidence.|
|2||Honor Code||98||Not overly disappointed with his allowance loss, but it seems like they’re pressing; Could he skip the Derby now?|
|3||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.|
|4||Constitution||96||Showed his promise while crushing a good Gulfstream allowance field, but the water gets much deeper in FL Derby.|
|5||Samraat||99||Still lugging in and not putting away his competition in the stretch, but also still winning; Wood Memorial will tell all.|
|6||Tonalist||93||Ran well behind a loose Constitution over a track that didn’t favor his style; Physically looks tailor-made for the Classics.|
|7||Candy Boy||97||Another fast developer suited for Classic distances; Could now be California’s top hopeful with Shared Belief out.|
|8||Conquest Titan||93||Flat finish at Tampa can be forgivable over that surface, but could he just be going the wrong direction? Must bounce back.|
|9||California Chrome||102||Cal-bred has clearly improved, but he did get an ideal trip and ran away from an uninspiring group in the San Felipe.|
|10||Tapiture||99||Moves onto list as a horse for Churchill’s course in very capable hands; Distance, not quality, could be the main hurdle.|
OFF: Top Billing, Shared Belief