2017 WinStar Fantasy Derby
Starts: Wednesday, Feb 1st, 2017 12:00 AM EST / 9:00 PM PDT
Contest ends: Saturday, Feb 4th, 2017 12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PDT
2017 WinStar Fantasy Derby
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O O O Blue Buff This colt by Unbridled's Song was a debut winner at Gulfstream in an impressive 3 length victory that earned him TDN Rising Star status. Although inexperienced, this colt seems to have talent and may progress well to stakes company next out. C Unbridled's Song Joseph F. Orseno Profile $0
O O O Bronze Age This colt by Mineshaft brole his maiden in his third start at Santa Anita, ahead of West Coast-another highly regarded Baffert colt. He will probably try stakes company next because of his connections. Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, we may see him make his next move at Santa Anita. C Mineshaft Bob Baffert Profile $0
O O O Cloud Computing This colt was a debut winner at Aqueduct and then finished 2nd in the Gr. 3 Gotham stakes next out. Trained by Chad Brown and owned by Klaravich Stables, you can bet this talented colt is dreaming of roses. C Maclean's Music Chad C. Brown Profile $135,000
O O O Girvin The Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes winner has never finishing out of the money in 3 starts. A debut winner at Fair Grounds, then 2nd in the Keith Gee Memorial Overnight Stakes before winning the Risen Star in an upset victory. We should see him in the Louisiana Derby. C Tale of Ekati Joe Sharp Profile $600,000
O O O Iliad Maiden winner in his second start, Iliad then made Gr. 2 status after capturing the San Vincente Stakes at Santa Anita. His last out was a 2nd place finish in the San Felipe stakes next to Mastery, arguably one of the most talented colts this season and now out of the Derby trail. C Ghostzapper Doug F. O'Neill Profile $20,000
O O O J Boys Echo This colt broke his maiden in his second start at Keeneland. Performing in Grade 3 company ever since, he finished 4th in the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes, then 3rd in the Withers Stakes before winning the Gotham. A quality colt who seems to be improving. C Mineshaft Dale L. Romans Profile $50,000
O O O Malagacy Recent winnner of the Gr.2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park by two lengths, this TDN Rising Star is undefeated in three starts. Another well bred colt C Shakleford Todd Pletcher Profile $30,000
O O O Patch This colt broke his maiden in 2nd start at Gulfstream Park. A homebred for Calument Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, this may be another horse that is a possibility for the Derby for Todd Pletcher. By the red hot Union Rags and out of an A.P. Indy mare, one would assume this colt can get better with distance. C Union Rags Todd A. Pletcher Profile $200,000
O O O Reach the World This Tapit colt broke his maiden in his 2nd start at Santa Anita and most recently finished second in an allowance at Santa Anita to Battle of Midway. This colt was a $975,000 RNA at Keeneland September, so there are definitley some expectations for this colt. He's trained by none other than Bob Baffert, may be one to watch. C Tapit Bob Baffert Profile $50,000
O O O Royal Mo Grade 3 winner of the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, this classy son of Uncle Mo had a lot of hype going in to the Rebel Stakes. After a dissapointing 9th place finish, one may want to count him out. He may not be done yet. It's his first time finishing out of the money, so he does have talent and may be able to rebound. C Uncle Mo John A. Shirreffs Profile $120,000
O O O Souper Tapit A debut winner at Fair Grounds, this colt is a homebred for Live Oak Plantation. He has been training very well but recently finished 5th in an allowance at Fair Grounds against older horses after a wide trip. It may not be over for this colt, we may see him again on the Derby trail. C Tapit Mark E. Casse Profile $800
O O O Term of Art This is one of the more experienced horses on the Derby trail. He broke his maiden in his third start and then competed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, finishing 9th. He then rebounded with a win in the Gr. 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes on the dirt, and has competed in graded company ever since. His last out was 3rd in the Gr. 2 San Felipe Stakes behind Mastery and Iliad. C Tiznow Doug F. O'Neill Profile $345
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O O O Action Everyday This dark bay colt is undefeated at Tampa Bay. Breaking his maiden on debut over a packed field of twelve, he pulled away to win by four lengths for a final time of 1.23.75 over seven furlongs. He returned in an allowance on Jan. 27th, a month later to again draw clear for the win. Another horse for the well known St. Elias Stables, LLC and a Pletcher trainee. Also a $400,000 EASMAY two-year old purchase. Lots to like! C The Factor Todd Pletcher Profile $15,000
O O O Battalion Runner This gray/roan colt broke his maiden in his second start at Gulfstream Park Dec. 31st. One may have been wary as he last ran 2nd at Belmont at June of 2016, but this colt seems back in a big way, winning at Gulfstream by 8 3/4 lengths for a final time of 1.22.82 over 7 furlongs. Add that he's trained by Todd Pletcher, you can almost be certain this horse will try and make a run for the roses. C Unbridled's Song Todd Pletcher Profile $140,000
O O O Conquest Farenheit A debut winner at Woodbine, this colt was seen last finishing second in the G2 Summer Stakes on the turf behind Good Samaritan, who later placed 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Although he has run on turf, this colt by Scat Daddy is out of a Holy Bull mare, and has potential for dirt in his pedigree. He could make the switch and try out dirt as he was just outfinished in the Summer Stakes but could have potential elsewhere. C Scat Daddy Peter Miller Profile $47,100
O O O El Areeb El Areeb has recorded two breezes at Laurel since his 11 ¼-length shellacking of the GIII Jerome S. field at Aqueduct Jan. 2. His Maryland form was flattered when High Roller (High Cotton), the horse who was favored when third behind El Areeb in the James F. Lewis III S. last November, subsequently won the $75,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. S. on Jan 21 at Laurel. This ‘TDN Rising Star’ has the tools to be a front-end force in the New York series of Derby preps, but trainer Lynch said after the Jerome that his this $340,000 OBSMAR grad is not the one-dimensional, needs-the-lead type of horse he might appear to be on paper: “He can rate. He’s shown a lot of speed the last two times and everyone thought he had to be on the lead, but he’s rateable.…We’ve worked him long and we expected him to go long sooner, we just didn’t get the opportunity. The races at Laurel come up three-quarters and that’s our home track.” C Exchange Rate Cathal Lynch Profile $180,000
O O O Guest Suite Trainer Howard said after Guest Suite’s proficient 1 1/4-length annexation of the Lecomte S. that the gelded son of Quality Road (Elusive Quality) will pursue a GII Louisiana Derby path to Louisville, with the Risen Star S., his likely next start. Rating comfortably midpack behind dueling pacemakers over a muddy track, Guest Suite advanced at will on the far turn and leveled off nicely when set down for a long stretch battle to engage perfect-trip stalker Takeoff (Arch). Takeoff cracked in the final sixteenth, fading to third, while Guest Suite smartly repelled a fresh challenge from ‘TDN Rising Star’ Untrapped (Trappe Shot). Guest Suite isn’t the flashy, eye-catching sort, but he has the makings of the trustworthy type of Triple Crown contender who shows up and does his job consistently and capably.span> G Quality Road Neil J. Howard Profile $26,000
O O O Irish War Cry This son of Curlin is trained by Derby winning trainer Graham Motion and is undefeated in two starts. The was a debut winner at Laurel Park by 4 1/2 lengths and then wen on to win the Marylander Stakes there on Dec. 31st. He's been steadily working at Palm Meadows and we may see him come back to the Louisiana Derby. C Curlin H. Graham Motion Profile $616,660
O O O Lookin for Eight This chestnut colt broke his maiden in his second start at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28th by 3 lengths, a clear lead ahead of a massive 14 horse field. The Micahel Tomlinson trainee is lookin to be getting started on a promising future! C Lookin At Lucky Michael A. Tomlinson Profile $11,400
O O O Mo Town Right after ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mo Town won the GII Remsen S. at Aqueduct in November, trainer Dutrow revealed that he had been conditioning him with longer-range goals in mind. “I wanted the horse fresh and happy going into his 3-year-old year. I didn’t use this horse. I didn’t pressure this horse in getting him ready for [the Remsen]. I feel strongly that we have not seen what this horse is capable of yet.” So far, Dutrow has been true to those patient intentions, giving his Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) colt the month of December off and putting only three breezes into him so far at Payson Park in Florida. Considering that he might be idle until early March, the only way he can lose ground in the TDN Top 12 rankings is by being leapfrogged by an eye-opening performer. But where Mo Town stands in pre-Derby media rankings means little to the colt’s connections at this point in the season, so long as they can bring to fruition their conservative plan of having a fresh horse ready for the first Saturday in May. C Uncle Mo Anthony Dutrow Profile $25,500
O O O Petrov This Flatter colt was a debut winner at Churchill Downs by 3 1/4 lengths back in November. Since then, he was twice placed in stakes company. He ran second in the King's Swan Stakes at Aqueduct and then was clearly second best behind Uncontested in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He's been working well at Oaklawn since - one to watch for the Arkansas Derby trail. C Flatter Ron Moquett Profile $147,857
O O O Silent Decree This Bodemeister colt broke his maiden a little greenly at Churchill Downs, and is coming of a 5th place finish in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. He's got early experience at Churchill, which can give him an edge over other colts on the Derby trail. He seems to show up every time he runs, so he may be worth holding on to and seeing what he can do. C Bodemeister Patrick Byrne Profile $0
O O O State of Honor This To Honor and Serve colt has had a lot of experience so far. He first broke his maiden at Woodbine by 4 3/4 lengths, then went on to run second in the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine before coming back to run second in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulstream Park. He's had seven starts, but seems to be improving and holding his own in stakes company. C To Honor and Serve Mark E. Casse Profile $280,000
O O O Three Rules This hearty colt was a debut winner at Gulfstream Park and remained undefeated in the next four starts! This included wins in the Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes, the Florida Sire Affirmed Stakes and the Florida Sire In Reality Stakes. These state-bred races don't always show the true talent of the crop as they have a limited breeding pool, but one should admire his consistency. His last start was in the G1 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile where he finished 6th, his first time in graded company. This may be the underdog to look for. C Gone Astray Jose Pinchin Profile $106,100
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O O O Aquamarine This debut winner at Santa Anita is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Zayat Stables, a combination that has won the Derby and placed a couple of times. This colt is also very impressive looking and is training well at Santa Anita, with the last work being a bullet on Jan. 9th. This colt has the recipe for success, and could prove to be a force to be reconed with in California. Watch out! C Gemologist Bob Baffert Profile $15,360
O O O Classic Empire The only thing that’s changed for the Derby Top 12 frontrunner since last week’s ranking is that we can now drop the “presumptive” from his newly minted Eclipse Award title as champion 2-year-old colt. Now it’s back to work, and a Jan. 21 five-eighths breeze in 1:00.75 (3/18) at Palm Meadows Training Center led trainer Casse to declare “all systems are go” for the $475,000 KEESEP colt to make his 2017 debut in the GII Holy Bull S. at Gulfstream. The two emerging storylines with the champ are: 1) Will his aggressive, tightly wound ferocity be what separates him from the pack or will it be his undoing as the Derby pressure ratchets up? And 2) Will he couple his early-career precocity with the upward development arc that is required to excel in Triple Crown-caliber races? He won the GIII Bashford Manor S. back on July 2, and history shows that horses who have won that Churchill juvenile stakes in the past (it has previously been run as early as mid-May) don’t fare too well in the sophomore classics: Black Gold (1923-24) and Worth (1911-12) are the only two to have captured the Bashford Manor/Derby double. C Pioneerof The Nile Mark E. Casse Profile $634,300
O O O Dabster A son of Curlin, this Baffert-trainee seems to have potential coming of a maiden win at Santa Anita. This horse has good early speed and a willingness to duel to get the win. This horse has confidence- he held gamely in his first start and actually finished first, but was disqualified after an interference and dropped to fourth. Take that for what you will, and look for this colt to keep progressing. C Curlin Bob Baffert Profile $0
O O O Gormley Chances are Gormley will draw another tough assignment if he goes in the San Felipe S., because at least one of trainer Bob Baffert’s talented sophomores (see Mastery, American Anthem above and the “on the bubble” horses below) appears headed in that direction. But the $150,000 KEESEP RNA hasn’t ducked top competition in his last two starts, and he bounced back from a trip-troubled seventh in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to win the bob in a gritty Sham S. victory while spotting the runner-up five pounds. “He’s quick. He starts quick, he gets away quickly,” trainer Shirreffs said after the race. “But then he checks himself as he gets into the race and he relaxes.” Eleven days after that Sham win, the Malibu Moon colt returned to the worktab for an easy, leg-stretching, half-mile maintenance move. C Malibu Moon John Shirreffs Profile $624,000
O O O Impressive Edge From the last crop of Harlan's Holiday, this colt sold for $400,000 in OBSMAR as a two year old. He broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park by 4 3/4 lengths. He's been working steadily at Gulfstream since, we can expect he will be headed for allowance or stakes company next. C Harlan's Holiday Dale L. Romans Profile $81,400
O O O Lookin At Lee The chestnut colt broke his maiden in his second start at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28th going 7F in 1.23.77 by 3 lengths, after a second place finish Dec. 31st. Nicely won with a clear lead and not much asking, the Michael Tomlinson trainee has much to look forward to after beating a large feild of 14. May be a possible for Florida Derby preps. C Lookin At Lucky Steven Asmussen Profile $153,000
O O O McCraken Undefeated ‘TDN Rising Star’ McCraken holds firm at No. 2, working five furlongs in 1:02.20 (9/11) on Jan. 19 at Palm Meadows, where is building a foundation of breezes in anticipation of trainer Wilkes’s pick of several Gulfstream stakes spots in early February. Falling in love with a deep closer as one of your top Derby picks can be a risky endeavor because a late mover will, to some degree, always be at the mercy of the pace and traffic in a 20-horse Derby field. But this Whitham Thoroughbreds homebred has an athletic (not plodding) way of picking his way through the pack, and Wilkes reported last month that the colt has filled out a little bit too, so it will be interesting to see him with a touch more muscle on his physique. The fact that all three of his wins were over the Churchill strip might not matter that much at this early juncture of the season, but it will be an obvious advantage should he continue to progress toward a Derby start. C Ghostzapper Ian R. Wilkes Profile $220,000
O O O One Liner The WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club and SF Racing LLC owned colt by Into Mischief has had some buzz since returning to the track to remain undefeated Jan. 26th at Gulfstream Park after breaking his maiden at Saratoga in July of 2016. The win was over six furlongs for a final time of 1.10.14. It makes sense that the next start for this promising colt would be a graded prep, such as a G2 like the Fountain of Youth. C Into Mischief Todd Pletcher Profile $300,000
O O O Sonic Mule This nicely bred son of Distorted Humor was a debut winner at Monmout Park in July of 2016. He ran third in the G2 Saratoga Special S. next out and has never finished out of the money in his seven career starts so far. He's won his last three starts, including the Buffalo Man Stakes and the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park. This is a horse who has heart and shows a desire to win, definitely one to watch! Looking forward to seeing him in graded stakes company again. C Distorted Humor Todd Pletcher Profile $19,800
O O O Theory This Todd Pletcher trainee was talented looking from the start and had eyes on him early on when he broke his maiden on debut at Saratoga. He then went on to win the G3 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park by 3 1/2 lengths. He last ran in the G1 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile where he finished 10th, but has recieved a freshening and is breezing at Palm Beach Downs. He showed lots of talent early on and could be set to redeem himself next out. C Gemologist Todd Pletcher Profile $12,500
O O O Warrior's Club this is an experienced colt who broke his maiden in the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs in October 2016. He went on to finish 3rd in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill. He last finished fouth in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklwan Park. He's holding up in top company, but his strongsuit is winning a stakes at Churchill Downs and then running in the money in G2 there as well. He's working fair at Oaklawn and we may see more from him there. C Warrior's Reward D. Wayne Lukas Profile $80,628
O O O Wild Shot This colt broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in his second start in September 2016. He then finished 3rd in the G1 Breeder's Futurity at Keeneland less than a month later. His last start was the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs and inched clear to second place. He's been going quite well at Payson Park Training Center and we can only excpect good things to come from this Calumet Farm bid for the Kentucky Derby. He is holding his own against the top colts on the trail, and we may just see him get up first soon. C Trappe Shot George R. Arnold II Profile $55,000
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O O O Always Dreaming This colt by Bodemeister is another that showed brilliance in his maiden win, crushing the field at Tampa Bay by 11 1/2 lengths for a final time of 1.40.54 for a mile and forty yards. This colt had lots of buzz leading up to his maiden win, and seems ready for the next level. Trained by Todd Plecter and owned by MeB Racing Stables LLC, Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables, LLC et al., this colt is well connected and will be likely headed to graded stakes company. C Bodemeister Todd Pletcher Profile $613,000
O O O Battle of Midway This son of Smart Strike was a debut winner at Santa Anita on Jan. 21st by 3 1/4 lengths. The Jerrry Hollendorfer trainee ran on a wet track going six furlongs for a final time of 1.09.09. Owned by Fox Hill Farms, this colt was a $410,000 yearling purchase. He checks all the boxes for a nice California runner, other than runnig on a wet track, but look out for this one. C Smart Strike Jerry Hollendorfer Profile $257,600
O O O Conquest Mo Money This colt is 2 for 2 at Sunland Park after a debut win and subsequent victory in the Riley Allison Stakes. What makes him special is his stakes win, which he dominated by 11 lengths. He's undefeated, he's an easy stakes winner, he's a son of Uncle Mo, and he's pretty nicely bred. We may see this colt on the Oaklawn Park circuit here soon. C Uncle Mo Miguel L. Hernandez Profile $436,000
O O O Fact Finding This gray/roan colt by The Factor is undefeated in 3 starts and he seems to be smoothly climbing the ranks. His last start was a victory in the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park by a commanding 7 lengths. This is also a colt who broke his maiden at Saratoga at 2 by 2 1/4 lengths, and then went on to win an allowance at Keeneland by 4 1/2- all indicators of real talent. He's trained by Todd Pletcher so you can assume he's pointed in the right direction, and has been working well at Palm Beach Downs. He is owned by Tabor, M., Magnier, M., Smith, D. and Stonestreet Stables LLC, two powerful forces in the racing industry. This is one to watch. C The Factor Todd Pletcher Profile $6,000
O O O Gunnevera Back in 2011, Gunnevera’s sire, Dialed In (Mineshaft), was hammered to just under 3-1 when he won the Holy Bull S., despite coming into that race off nothing more than a debut maiden victory. Yet his son, a MGSW who has bankrolled $771,000 in purses, is likely to be a significantly higher price when he tries to win that same stakes Feb. 4 at Gulfstream. That’s because a talented cast of characters, including top-ranked champ Classic Empire, is also aiming for the Holy Bull, and it also has a lot to do with Gunnevera, a $16,000 KEESEP steal, being an overachiever who must prove his GIII stakes wins in the Saratoga Special S. and Delta Downs Jackpot were not juvenile flukes. The colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00.85 at Gulfstream Park West on Jan. 21 in preparation for his 2017 unveiling. C Dialed In Antonio Sano Profile $398,600
O O O Klimt This multiple graded stakes winner broke his maiden at Santa Anita and returned to win the G2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar. From there he found G1 glory in the Del Mar Futurity, clearing the victory by 4 1/4 lengths. He then went on to run second in the G1 FrontRunner S. at Santa Anita. His last start was the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile in which he finished 8th. He has since been moved from Bob Baffert's barn to Art Sherman and has been working at Santa Anita. C Quality Road Art Sherman Profile $0
O O O Master Plan This Todd Pletcher trainee broke his maiden in his second start at Gulfstream Park West by 2 1/4 lengths and then wen on to finish second in the Pulpit Stakes, where he was game to the wire and only lost by a length to Tapwrit, but was 12 1/4 lengths ahead of the rest of the field. He returned to easily take the OBS Championship (Colts and Geldings Division) Stakes, pulling away by 2 1/2 lengths. A very nice horse - $850,000 OBSMAR two -year-old who has talent and seems to be on the improve. C Twirling Candy Todd Pletcher Profile $0
O O O Mont Saint Legame Possibly this year's Lani, this Japanese colt's trainer seems to have his eyes on Churchill Downs after the colt finished first in the Nov. 26 Cattleya Sho (won by Lani last year) at Tokyo Racecourse by 1 1/4-length victory, and thus becoming the leading Japanese contender for the Derby. C Came Home Koji Maki Profile $0
O O O Saint's Fan Bred, owned and trained by Dallas Stewart, this chesnut colt is undefeated in two starts. Stewart obvioulsy saw talent and didn't want to let him go. He didn't dissapaoint and he broke his maiden on debut at Churchill Downs over a field of 12 in November. He then went on to capture the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds Dec. 10th by 2 lengths over 6 furlongs in 1.10.74. He has been steadily working at Fair Grounds and will possibly stay and play in the Louisiana circuit like the Saints. C Tale of Ekati Dallas Stewart Profile $10,000
O O O Takeoff This is another nice colt from the Casse barn owned by John Oxley. Although not really comparable to stablemate Classic Empire, this Arch colt has a respectable record so far, breaking his maiden at Fair Grounds and then recently finishing 3rd in the G3 LeComte S., battiling it out while running four wide in the stretch. He worked a bullet out of 136 horses prior to running, so he has potential. He was also a $550,000 2YO at OBSMAR. C Arch Mark E. Casse Profile $0
O O O Uncontested When one says that most of the horses on this list were bred or bought with “the Derby” in mind, it’s safe to assume that means the Kentucky Derby. But Uncontested’s co-owner, Harry Rosenblum of Little Rock, Ark., purchased this ‘TDN Rising Star’ with the specific goal of winning the GI Arkansas Derby, a race he was third in last year with Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) and second in 2015 with Far Right (Notional). “As a 2-year-old before [Uncontested’s Jan. 16 win in the Smarty Jones S.], I felt that this horse was a better horse than either one of them,” Rosenblum said of his $20,000 KEESEP bargain. “Not knocking either one of them because I still own part of both of them. But his numbers are better. I think he’s got a much longer stride, and he’s got a very, very mature mind for a horse of his age. He’s easy to handle. Nothing bothers him.” C Tiz Wonderful Wayne Catalano Profile $4,429
O O O Win With Pride This dark bay colt broke his maiden in his second start at Parx by 2 3/4 lengths going 1m 70yds in 1.44.13. His next out was in stakes company in the G2 Remsen S. at Aqueduct, where he was a well-beaten fourth. His last start was Jan. 2nd in the G3 Jerome S. at Aqueduct where he again finished fourth but was bumped at the start by winner El Areeb. This colt has been steadily working at Belmont Park and looks to be training for the NY Derby prep route. One to keep an eye on because of the connections: trained by Todd Plecther and owned by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable. The Repole/Pletcher combo proves strong and has seen the likes of Uncle Mo and recently his son Outwork who was last year's G1 Wood Memorial winner. C Distorted Humor Todd Pletcher Profile $0
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O O O American Anthem American Anthem is the highest-ranked horse on this week’s edition of the TDN Derby Top 12 to have lost his last race. But his runner-up effort in the GIII Sham S. at Santa Anita made such an impression from a “test of toughness” standpoint that it whets the appetite to see what he’ll do next. Interviewed nearly two weeks after that Jan. 7 try, trainer Baffert reported he likes how American Anthem has bounced out of the effort: “He was really game in the way he fought back. He could have easily given it up [when challenged]. I know Mike Smith was pretty impressed the way he fought back, and he you can actually tell he’s progressed, he looks better since that race. He’s learning how to run; first time two turns, you never know if they can go that far. He set some serious fractions and kept going. He’s a big horse. You can tell he’s not a sprinter, he wants to go long. I’m really happy the way he ran and the way he came out of it. He’s progressing in the right direction.” Although Baffert did not want to commit to a specific race, he suggested that the $435,000 Bodemeister (Empire Maker) colt will likely pursue a two-prep-race path to the Derby. C Bodemeister Bob Baffert Profile $3,345
O O O Big Gray Rocket This Tapit colt is aptly named, and broke his maiden in his second start by and impressive 6 3/4 lengths at Del Mar. In his last start he finished fourth in the G1 Champagne S. but has been working seriously at Santa Anita. Another Bob Baffert trainee. He's entered in an allowance at Santa Anita on 2/2. C Tapit Bob Baffert Profile $0
O O O Cool Arrow This Into Mischief colt won the Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park and then finished second in the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs. In his last start, he returned much the best in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes, winning by 3 1/2 lengths going 1m in 1.38.72. He definitley has run some good races, but will need to prove himself in graded stakes company. A move to Fair Grounds should pit him against better horses. C Into Mischief Joe Sharp Profile $1,000
O O O Faja This colt is the first TDN Rising Star for Bodemesiter, and well deserved after a very impressive debut at Gulfstream Park Dec. 17th, where he romped by 8 3/4 lengths. His sire was also a later starter on the trail but showed brilliance right from the beginning. Another Todd Pletcher trainee you can almost certainly garuntee to be headed towards preps at Gulfstream. C Bodemeister Todd Pletcher Profile $0
O O O Huracan Americo This colt by Drosselmeyer is a Peruvian import who broke his maiden in Peru’s G1 Derby Nacional while facing older Southern Hemisphere foes last November. He arrived at Gulfstream Park to begin preparations for the Kentucky Derby. The G1 Clasico Derby Nacional (Peruvian Derby) is the Quadruple Crown third leg and this colt was the 13-horse field’s lone Northern Hemisphere 2-year-old. The owners certainly believe in his to ship him to the U.S., so it will be exciting to see where he runs next. C Drosselmeyer Profile $4,000
O O O Local Hero This colt by Hard Spun broke his maiden at Fair Grounds going 1m 70 yds by a dominating 7 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1.42.49. The Steve Asmussen trainee drew off a moderate hand ride and eased up for the win, so we can only hope that we haven't seen this colt's full potential as of yet. An exciting colt to see hopefully in stakes company next. C Hard Spun Steven Asmussen Profile $140,000
O O O Mastery ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mastery worked a 47.60 (10/115) half mile at Santa Anita Jan. 18, the undefeated colt’s first published workout of the year in what has been a rain-hampered 2017 for southern California trainees. In a phone interview after the move, trainer Baffert outlined the game plan for his tall, long-striding $425,000 KEESEP yearling, who won the Dec. 10 GI Los Alamitos Futurity in his most recent outing. “I’m just going to give him two starts, if all goes well, before the Derby. So he’ll run in March, either the San Felipe or the Rebel; one of those, I won’t know until we get closer.” In terms of prep race scheduling, “he and American Anthem (Bodemeister) are sort of in the same boat,” Baffert added, comparing Mastery to the promising sophomore stablemate who is ranked at No. 5 on this list. It’s quite possible that whichever one stays in California, the other will venture to Arkansas. Raw speed is Mastery’s key asset; blinkers have kept him focused. C Candy Ride Bob Baffert Profile $240,000
O O O No Dozing This Union Rags colt was a debut winner at Delware Park, then came back to win an allowance at Laurel less than a month later. He last finished second in the G2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 26th with a late gain to finish behind Mo Town, so you can bet the owners have roses on the mind. He also finished fourth in the G1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, so he's no stranger to top company. He's been steadily working well at Tampa Bay to possibly run in the Florida preps. C Union Rags Arnaud Delacour Profile $41,500
O O O Practical Joke Don’t expect to see Practical Joke in the entries in the immediate future, but the Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) colt belongs on this list because he was three-for-three last season with Grade I wins in the Hopeful and Champagne S. before enduring trip woes en route to a better-than-it-looks third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile behind champion colt Classic Empire. The $240,000 KEESEP yearling shows only one published three-furlong breeze so far in 2017 at Palm Meadows in Florida but has the potential to arrive on the scene fresh in late winter just as things start to get interesting and the top guns have already knocked heads on the Derby trail. C Into Mischief Chad Brown Profile $276,000
O O O Sheer Flattery This colt broke his maiden at Santa Anita in his 4th start on Dec. 31st. Not as impressive of a win but this colt was still plenty game over a sloppy track. This horse has a bit of fire in him, willing to battle it out-reminiscent of WinStar's Revolutionary. Another benefit is trainer Jerry Hollendorfer -argubly one of the best trainers in California. There seem to always be runners out of California that later become strong contenders for the Derby, so he may be worth keeping an eye on! C Flatter Jerry Hollendorfer Profile $18,225
O O O Tapwrit This Tapit colt broke his maiden in his second start at Gulfstream Park West, then went on to win the Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park Dec. 10th beating stablemate and fellow Derby Trail colt Master Plan. He's been steadily working at Palm Beach Downs, and you can bet Plecther will try for this nicely bred stakes winner to make it to Derby Day for owners Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and LaPenta, Robert V. as he was a $1.2 million dollar yearling purchase! C Tapit Todd Pletcher Profile $280,000
O O O Untrapped This colt broke his maiden in his second start at Churchill Downs by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths over a field of 12. He then placed in the G3 LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds and seems to have a lot of potential. There's much more to see from this Steve Asmussen trainee. C Trappe Shot Steven Asmussen Profile $172,858

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