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The last race for two-year-olds on the American takes us to Oklahoma this Sunday where has been tabbed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile at Remington Park. Post time is 8:52 p.m. ET.
Epic Dreamer comes into this race off a maiden win for trainer Kelly Breen and he’s currently 1-1-0 in two starts. Here’s the video and of his win:
EPIC DREAMER got set up in the two path after the field had been off and running, set the splits, well rated, remained under confident handling kicking away to his largest lead during the final half of the stretch run, then continued as much the best, best described as handily in the eighth.
Epic Dreamer took the early lead and never trailed to break his maiden by 2½ lengths. Much the best, Epic Dreamer’s time of 1:36.42 for the mile split is what I like to see young colts run on the Kentucky Derby Trail.
Orb, the sire of Epic Dreamer, was a multiple graded stakes winner and Classic Champion Thoroughbred that compiled a 5-0-3 record in 12 starts with $2,612,516 in career earnings.
As a two-year-old, Orb was 1-0-1 in four starts in maiden special weight company.
At the age of three, Orb won the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) en route to a first-place finish in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1). He also finished third in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and Travers Stakes (G1).
Epic Dreamer has a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® and a string of three bullet work outs could have him ready to run another good race.
A long shot I like is video and of that race: (10-1) and he comes into this race for trainer Michael Maker with a 2-0-0 record in three starts including a ninth-place finish over a sloppy track in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2). Here’s the
DUNPH chased the pace early, fanned into the five path in the far turn and faded in the stretch.
Dunph had been previously undefeated in two starts by a combined win margin of 16¼ lengths, so may not have liked the sloppy track and I’m willing to give him another chance. Time will tell if he wants to go a route of ground.
, the sire of Dunph, was a graded stakes winner that compiled a 4-2-4 record in 15 starts.
Unraced as a two-year-old, Temple City won his only start as a three-year-old and followed that with a third-place finish in the Del Mar Handicap at the age of four.
Temple City earned graded stakes honors as a five-year-old with a win in the Cougar II Handicap (G3) and second-place finishes in both the American Handicap (G2) and the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G1).
Dunph was a yearling () we profiled at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale but he was not in my blog write up of A and A+ yearlings because he has a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®.
Dunph has the breeding to win this race and if he returns to his previous form I look for him to run a good race.
(8-1) has never been out of the money and he comes into this race with a 2-0-3 record in five starts. Here’s the video and of his last race:
SIX SHOOTER stalked the pace early, shifted into the four path in the turn, made a bid down the lane, drove past the leaders and cleared the field in the final stages.
Six Shooter looked good winning the one-mile allowance race in the final time of 1:36.89. That’s the kind of time I like to see young colts run on the Kentucky Derby Trail.
, the sire of Six Shooter, raced mostly in sprints from the age of two to four, compiling a 6-2-0 record in 12 starts with $703,884 in career earnings. His best stakes victories were in the six furlongs Waldoboro Stakes, True North Handicap (G2) and he did stretch out to win the 8½ furlong Long Branch Stakes. In other route races, Trappe Shot finished second in the nine-furlong Izod Haskell Invitational (G1) and ninth in the Travers Stakes (G1).
To date, Trappe Shot’s best runners on the Kentucky Derby Trail have been and . As a two-year-old, Wild Shot finished second in the 2016 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) and third in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Stales (G1). As a three-year-old, My Man Sam finished second in the nine furlongs 2016 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) stakes.
Six Shooter has a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® and he’s the second-best bred colt in this herd. A recent bullet work out at Oaklawn Park could have him ready to run a good race.
Several others look like they could be factors in this race. Honorable mention goes to Bankit (3-1), (12-1) and (15-1). Both Long Range Toddy and Tone Broke have a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®. Bankit has a low F profile but his Behavior Index could potentially make him competitive.
On the Japan road to Derby glory, two-year-olds will go to post on December 19 in the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun race at Kawasaki Racecourse.
A total of 35 prep races comprise the USA Road to the Kentucky Derby. In addition, there are seven races on the European road and four races on the Japan road to Derby glory.
2018/2019 KENTUCKY DERBY LEADERBOARD
Ranking, total points, Trainer, Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Game Winner, 30, Bob Baffert, $1,460,000
2. Knicks Go, 18, Ben Colebrook, $656,085
3. Signalman, 18, Ken McPeek, $392,840
4. Complexity, 10, Chad Brown, $275,000
5. Improbable, 10, Bob Baffert, $239,520
6. Maximus Mischief, 10, “Butch” Reid, Jr., $137,500
7. Cairo Cat, 10, Ken McPeek, $86,490
8. Gunmetal Gray, 4, Jerry Hollendorfer, $120,000
9. Mucho Gusto, 4, Bob Baffert, $120,000
10. Code of Honor, 4, Shug McGaughey, $100,000
11. Network Effect, 4, Chad Brown, $90,000
12. Tight Ten, 4, Steve Asmussen, $67,900
13. Plus Que Parfait, 4, Brendan Walsh, $36,400
14. Call Paul, 2, Jason Servis, $194,000
15. Mr. Money, 2, Bret Calhoun, $100,000
16. Rowayton, 2, Jerry Hollendorfer, $96,000
17.+Standard Deviation, 2, Chad Brown, $50,000
18. Extra Hope, 2, Richard Mandella, $42,000
19. Tax, 2, Danny Gargan, $30,000
20. Limonite, 2, Steve Asmussen, $18,200
+ = Horses picked as yearlings on our 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sales list.
EUROPEAN ROAD LEADERBOARD
Ranking, total points, Trainer, Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Royal Marine (IRE), 10, Saeed bin Suroor, $264,968
2. Magna Grecia (IRE), 10, Aidan O’Brien, $185,000
3. Mohawk (IRE), 10, Aidan O’Brien, $128,702
4. Japan (GB), 10, Aidan O’Brien, $75,316
5. Phoenix of Spain (IRE), 4, Charlie Hill, $157,944
6. Broome (IRE), 4, Aidan O’Brien, $140,871
7. Sydney Opera House (GB), 4, Aidan O’Brien, $40,956
8. Mount Everest (IRE), 4, Aidan O’Brien, $24,254
9. Anodor (FR), 2, Freddie Head, $99,215
10. Western Australian (IRE), 2, Aidan O’Brien, $43,084
11. Cape of Good Hope (IRE), 2, Aidan O’Brien, $41,515
12. Power of Now (IRE), 2, Michael O’Callaghan, $11,489
13. Boitron (FR), 1, Richard Hannon, $44,917
14. Victory Command, (IRE), 1, Mark Johnston, $35,108
15. Circus Maximus (IRE), 1, Aidan O’Brien, $24,368
16. Sovereign (IRE), 1, Aiden O’Brien, $5,106
JAPAN ROAD LEADERBOARD
Ranking, total points, Trainer, Earnings
1. f-Make Happy, 10, Koichi Shinkai, $153,066
2. Kingen (JPN), 4, Kunihide Matsuda, $97,867
3. Johaan (JPN), 2, Yasuyuki Takahashi, $72,900
4. Romantico (JPN), 1, Kazuo Fujisawa, $91,245