San Felipe Stakes & Tampa Bay Derby preview

by TCI 6 years ago

The TCI guys recap Samraat’s win in the Gotham S. (G3) before diving into this Saturday’s San Felipe S. (G2) and Tampa Bay Derby (G2). Can this weekend’s pair of Grade 2 preps produce some new shooters on the Kentucky Derby trail? And can a top contender like Conquest Titan score a breakthrough win to affirm his status in the TCI Top 10?

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Bris Comments
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 Recent bullet work puts the FL Derby squarely in his crosshairs; Darley’s investment shows McLaughlin’s confidence.
3 Honor Code 98 Plenty of talent & foundation to make up for lost time, and could easily remind us of that with a big run in the Rebel.
4 Shared Belief 102 Getting a strong sense now that the champ’s Derby dreams are waning rapidly, and he’s likely to drop on this list soon.
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 Tampa Derby contender is one of many on this list in need of Derby points; Form of his last two races has held up well.
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 Still lugging in and not putting away his competition in the stretch, but also still winning; Wood Memorial will tell all.
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.

through 3/7/2014


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