Spiral Stakes and Sunland Derby preview

by TCI 6 years ago

Jon and Joel make big changes to the top 3 colts in the TCI Top 10 based on last weekend’s results, and preview what to watch for in this weekend’s Spiral S. and Sunland Derby. Can either one of these Grade 3 events produce legitimate Kentucky Derby contenders?

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Bris Comments
1 Cairo Prince 100 Recent bullet work puts FL Derby squarely in his crosshairs; Darley’s investment shows McLaughlin’s confidence.
2 Social Inclusion 106 Even though he’s likely been helped by the Gulfstream speed bias this winter, there’s no denying he’s a freakish talent.
3 Honor Code 98 Not overly disappointed with his allowance loss, but it seems like they’re pressing; Could he skip the Derby now?
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 Horse for Churchill’s course keeps running well and is in great hands; Distance, not quality, could be the main hurdle.

OFF: Strong Mandate
through 3/20/2014


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