Thursday, May 14, 2015

American Pharoah, Supreme Ruler Of Kentucky Derby 141, Continues His Run In Preakness Stakes To Win Second Jewel Of Triple Crown



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This Saturday, the classic trail to Triple Crown glory takes us to Pimlico Race Couse in Baltimore, Maryland, where Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah will attempt to win the second jewel of the crown as the prohibitive 4-5 morning-line favorite in the 140th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1).
          Indeed, American Pharoah is the deserving favorite and he comes into this race with a 5-0-0 record in six starts for Hall of Fame Trainer, Bob Baffert. All of his victories have been in graded stakes competition, including four grade one wins and a win in the grade two Rebel Stakes.
          And, Baffert has made five trips to the winner’s circle of the Preakness Stakes (G1) with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002) and Lookin at Lucky (2010).
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been aboard American Pharoah in all five of his victories and he’s made two trips to the Preakness winner’s circle with War Emblem and California Chrome (2014).
Dortmund, the 7-2 morning line second choice, is also trained by Baffert and he comes into this race with a 6-0-1 record in seven starts with his only loss being a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Jockey Martin Garcia has been aboard Dortmund in all of his starts and he won the 2010 Preakness on board Lookin at Lucky.
Firing Line, the 4-1 morning line third choice, comes into the Preakness for trainer Simon Callaghan with a 2-4-0 record in six starts and four of those races were in stakes competition including a 14-length win in the Sunland Derby (G3) and a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens has been in the irons on Firing Line for his last three races and he won the Preakness with Silver Charm, Point Given and Oxbow (2013).
Danzig Moon (15-1) is the long shot play, but he’ll need to improve his game if he is going to secure the win. He comes into this race with a 1-2-0 record for trainer Mark Casse.
Those four were among the top finishers in Kentucky Derby 141 and, unless something unforeseen happens that allows one of the new horses in this herd to run into the exotics, they should be a factor in the Preakness as well.
The Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile is a software tool I use to measure classic potential in young Thoroughbreds and it also shows that those four are the top contenders in this race.
Developed by my brother, Dallas, the software profile is comprised of the proprietary Tesio Index and Ancestral Herd Index and it assigns each horse a numerical score. The higher the score, the more potential that horse has to become a classic champion.
Like an intricate puzzle, the pedigree contains many secrets of what champions are made of and everything one needs to know about the horse, from the physical conformational characteristics to the emotional and behavioral traits, can be found in the pedigree if one knows the families, Ancestral Herd that formed the foal.
The profile does not take into account other factors that could determine the outcome of a race such as the horse’s will to win or the fact that, for many different reasons, horses sometimes fail to live up to their potential. However, I believe that a horse’s emotional behavior and physical fitness can eventually be a part of the analytical equation in determining the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile.
The first profile shows the original scores of the horses that competed in the Kentucky Derby and it includes scores for the new horses that are entered in this race. Let’s take a look at the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile scores for Preakness Stakes (G1) 140.


Original Ranking
Rank, Horse, Odds          Classic Champion
                                      Thoroughbred Profile

1. Danzig Moon (15-1)      395.63
2. Dortmund (7-2)            391.88
3. Divining Rod (12-1)      385.63
4. American Pharoah (4-5) 384.38*
5. Mr. Z (20-1)                 382.50
6. Firing Line (4-1)           380.63*
7. Bodhisattva (20-1)       368.75
8. Tale of Verve (30-1)      367.50
*Data Mining Analysis


As you can see in the Original Analysis, American Pharoah is ranked fourth with a moderate profile score of 384.38 and Firing Line is ranked sixth with a score of 380.63. Of course, American Pharoah won the Derby and Firing Line finished second.
A common discrepancy between analysis and horse performance is that some horses fail to live up to their potential while others like American Pharoah and Firing Line seem to exceed what is apparent in their breeding.
This raises the question: Why?
Data mining can answer that question. Data mining uses the processing power of modern technology to unlock secrets in the pedigree and quantify the influence of the Ancestral Herd.
In addition to the Original Analysis, Data Mining Model One and Data Mining Model Two have been developed to allow for horses like American Pharoah and Firing Line whose performances have exceeded what is apparent in their breeding.


Data Mining Model One
Rank, Horse, Odds

1. Dortmund (7-2)
2. Danzig Moon (15-1)
3. American Pharoah (4-5)
4. Firing Line (4-1)
5. Divining Rod (12-1)
6. Mr. Z (20-1)
7. Bodhisattva (20-1)
8. Tale of Verve (30-1)


Data Mining Model Two
Rank, Horse, Odds

1. American Pharoah (4-5)
2. Dortmund (7-2)
3. Firing Line (4-1)
4. Danzig Moon (15-1)
5. Divining Rod (12-1)
6. Mr. Z (20-1)
7. Bodhisattva (20-1)
8. Tale of Verve (30-1)


Much of what we do in calculating the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile is proprietary and, as such, Dallas and I decided to not publish the data mining profile scores.
In all three models, Dortmund, Danzig Moon and American Pharoah are in the top four. In Data Mining Model One and Data Mining Model Two, Dortmund, Danzig Moon, American Pharoah and Firing Line are located in the top four.
In the Original Analysis, third-ranked Diving Rod is the only new horse in this herd to crack the top four.
Overall, my brother, Dallas, and I were pleased with the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile software analysis of Kentucky Derby 141.
All three models had good results but the Derby Data Mining Model Two was, by far, the best. The model clearly isolated five of the top six finishers – American Pharoah, Dortmund, Frosted, Danzig Moon and Materiality – as the top tier of horses in that race. And, you can read about those results here.
And, the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile software was instrumental in picking the top performers in the major prep races leading up to Kentucky Derby 141. You can read about those results here.
The ability of the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile software to predict specific outcomes of races is robust and its greatest strength lies in its potential to predict long term racing and breeding performance – predictive ability that is valuable in assisting horse owners and breeders take the guesswork out of breeding, training, and purchasing of racehorses.
In addition, we’re confident that the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile software can be a powerful handicapping tool and predictor of classic races like the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

3 comments:

  1. Is the software for sale?

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    1. Thank you for the inquiry about the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile™ software. At the present the software is in the development stage and venture capital could help to speed up the process in getting it to market.

      If you are a Thoroughbred owner and breeder and would like to have us profile your horses, we can do that and provide updates as the software is further developed.

      For the first time in the history of the Thoroughbred, the empirical evidence gathered through the robust power of the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile™ software will show that the pedigree is the only true standard, indicator of horse performance, especially of their classic potential.

      Dallas and I are confident that the Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile™ software will prove to be a valuable tool for horse owners and breeders helping them to take the guesswork out of purchasing and breeding their horses.

      If you would like a private consultation to learn more about the software you can contact me on this blog or on my website contact page which is currently under construction but should be online soon. My website address is:

      http://classicchampionthoroughbreds.com/


      Calvin

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