Spiral Stakes and Sunland Derby preview

by TCI 3 years ago

Jon and an under-the-weather Joel talk American Pharoah and tell you a new shooter on the TCI Top 10, now with Texas Red officially out. They also preview two win-and-you’re-in Derby preps: Saturday’s contentious Spiral S. (G3), and Sunday’s lucrative Sunland Derby (G3) where Firing Line will be looking for a breakthrough performance.

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Beyer
1 Carpe Diem 98
2 American Pharoah 101
3 Dortmund 104
4 Daredevil 107
5 Bolo 101
6 Prospect Park 102
7 Firing Line 103
8 Far From Over 96
9 Upstart 106
10 Materiality 104

Off: Texas Red
through 3/20/2015


  • Hi Joel- Hope your feeling better with those allergies! Very impressive win by Dubai Sky in the Spiral. He looks like a live derby longshot. You know that if Bill Mott nominates him to the triple crown series then he feels that he can handle the dirt at CD. Many turf/synthetic horses have gone on to hit the board in the derby. Animal Kingdom used his Spiral win as a derby prep. Waitind to see if Dubai sky gets nominated to the derby. I liked the way, from his outside post that he used his tactical speed to stalk the hot quarter pace, and had plenty left to draw off in the stretch. Joel – what are your views of Dubai Sky? Here’s my current top 7. 1-Dortmund. 2-Bolo. 3-Carpe Diem. 4-Far from over. 5-Prospect Park. 6- Firing Line (assuming he handles a soft Sunland field). 7- Dubai Sky.

    • Joel Cunningham

      JoeP, thanks for the kind words. Kentucky tears this poor southern boy up during peak allergy seasons! lol

      Dubai Sky really was much the best and I think he proved his quality and class over this bunch. When you can break your maiden at 2 in NY and then win back to back races at GP including a stake, that obviously takes quality, regardless of how slow the Beyers were. The thing I like bets about him is that you could tell a mile was short for him and he’s clearly a horse that will handle the Classics in terms of distances.

      Three Chimneys is in the business of making top stallions, especially now under the new ownership of Mr. Torrealba. I have zero doubts that he’ll be a late nominee that will now point for the Derby. I think you can pretty much count on it. And I agree he’s one that could handle CD’s dirt track, so he becomes interesting, while I still question if he’s a legit contender to Win in this very deep crop.

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