Jon & Joel recap recent key races in the 3-year-old division, including last week’s Robert Lewis Stakes, and update the TCI Top 10. They also look forward to Monday’s Southwest Stakes and discuss what to expect from the top contenders.
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TCI Top 10
|1||Top Billing||95||Big class test coming up in Fountain of Youth, but his pedigree, style, and upside give him as good of a Derby profile as any.|
|2||Cairo Prince||100||Nothing short of awesome dominating a solid group in the Holy Bull; Classic stamina and peaking early are concerns, talent is not.|
|3||Honor Code||98||His profile is better than stablemate Top Billing’s, however setbacks this time of year are worrisome, especially when forced to miss races.|
|4||Strong Mandate||97||Another tremendous overall profile for the Classics, and his tough campaign last fall is forgivable; Could be sitting on a big year.|
|5||Shared Belief||102||The champ is a prime example of an immensely talented colt with serious stamina concerns; Physical setbacks don’t help his position.|
|6||Conquest Titan||93||Has shown a terrific turn of foot since taking back and making one closing run in the Holy Bull and an important allowance win at Churchill.|
|7||Constitution||88||Impressive Gulfstream maiden winner will have to play catch-up to make the Derby, but his talent and upside rivals any on this list.|
|8||Matterhorn||90||Another talented Tapit colt with a high-quality maiden win and a high ceiling, and yet another playing catch-up.|
|9||Hartford||91||The third Pletcher-trained Tapit on the list with lite experience and heavy potential; Feels like the kind of year one of these will make a big impact.|
|10||Samraat||99||NY-bred has been fast and impressive around two turns, and he showed enough signs of greenness in his Withers win to assume there’s plenty of improvement ahead.|
OFF: Midnight Hawk, Tap It Rich