Jon & Joel discuss the importance of Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes (G2) and Tampa Bay Derby (G2) – two races with the potential to put the No. 1 spot on the line in the TCI Top 10. Will Flashback hold the top spot against Goldencents in the San Felipe? Or will Verrazano continue his otherworldly performance in the two-turn Tampa Bay Derby and grab No. 1? The guys also recap Vyjack’s eye-grabbing win in the Gotham Stakes (G3), but did the undefeated colt do enough to crack the TCI Top 10?
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TCI Top 10
|1||Flashback||98||Inside draw in San Felipe is interesting because it’ll likely force him to rate and then come around Goldencents.|
|2||Revolutionary||103||May be Pletcher’s best classic contender now; Louisiana Derby is early choice for his final Derby prep.|
|3||Tiz the Truth||92||Could be his final week in the Top 3 if he can’t get back on work tab due to a quarter crack setback.|
|4||Orb||102||Showed quality in FOY when winning from off the pace over a speed-type track; Will only get better.|
|5||Verrazano||104||If he can rate and finish strongly around two turns in the Tampa Bay Derby then the sky’s the limit.|
|6||Oxbow||98||Expect him to be a top contender in the Rebel with the upgrade of Smith and running on his home track.|
|7||Goldencents||101||Has targeted the San Felipe and should hold a tactical edge over top one; Put up or shut up time.|
|8||Itsmyluckyday||111||Likely FL Derby favorite is clearly the fastest 3yo by speed figs right now, but still has plenty to prove.|
|9||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.|
|10||Palace Malice||102||Gets Prado in return to the Big Easy for La. Derby; Must move forward mentally and physically.|