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Triple Crown Contenders


GALILEAN (c, Uncle Mo-Fresia, by El Prado {Ire})O-West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker & William Sandbrook. B-Bar C Racing Stables, Inc. (CA). T-Jerry Hollendorfer. Sales History: $60,000 Ylg '17 BARSEL; $600,000 2yo '18 BARAPR. Lifetime Record: 4-3-1-0, $261,000.Last Start: 1st, California Cup Derby, SA, Feb. 18.Next Start: GII Rebel S., OP, Mar. 16.Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 0.California-bred Galilean owns a 3-for-4 record, and he pummeled state-bred competition so soundly that he deserves a shot at open stakes company. He'll get it this weekend in what is shaping up as a split-division...

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Bourbon War

BOURBON WAR (c, Tapit-My Conquestadory, by Artie Schiller)O-Bourbon Lane Stable & Lake Star Stable. B-Conquest Stables (KY). T-Mark Hennig. Sales History: $410,000 Wlg '16 KEENOV; $525,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSP, 4-2-1-0, $155,100. Last Start: 2nd, GII Fountain of Youth S., GP, Mar. 2Next Start: Possible for GI Florida Derby, GP, Mar. 30Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 21. Other than a fourth-place try in the GII Remsen S. (that trainer Mark Hennig described as being "thrown to the wolves" because it was too tough an assignment too soon), Bourbon War owns two...

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Country House

COUNTRY HOUSE (c, Lookin At Lucky-Quake Lake, by War Chant) 'TDN Rising Star'. O-Mrs. J. V. Shields, Jr., E. J. M. McFadden, Jr. &LNJ Foxwoods. B-J.V. Shields, Jr. (KY). T-Bill Mott. Lifetime Record: GSP, 4-1-2-0, $120,175. Last Start: 2nd, GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 16 Next Start: GII Louisiana Derby, FG, Mar. 23 Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 20. 'TDN Rising Star' Country House was green but game in chasing home top-ranked War of Will in the Risen Star S., and the performance rates even more impressively when you consider that...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for Mar. 5

The GII Fountain of Youth S. this past Saturday was the only major GI Kentucky Derby prep of the weekend, but it produced five horses ranked within this week's Top 12. This coming Saturday's triple-header of preps at Santa Anita, Aqueduct and Tampa Bay Downs could be the first true make-or-break weekend that causes serious upheaval in the rankings. Get tied on and enjoy the ride. 1) WAR OF WILL (c, War Front--Visions of Clarity {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells) O-Gary Barber. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $175,000...

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Hidden Scroll

HIDDEN SCROLL (c, Hard Spun-Sheba Queen, by Empire Maker)'TDN Rising Star' O/B-Juddmonte Farms, Inc. (KY). T-William I. Mott. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $50,600.Last Start: 4th, GII Fountain of Youth S., GP, Mar. 2Next Start: UncommittedEquineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 5.Out of the cluster of horses exiting the Fountain of Youth S. who are currently considering either the GI Florida Derby, GII Blue Grass S., or GII Wood Memorial S. for their next starts, Hidden Scroll is the one who seems best suited to the Florida Derby. This 'TDN Rising Star' already has a tour-de-force...

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Mucho Gusto

MUCHO GUSTO (c, Mucho Macho Man--Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant's Causeway) 'TDN Rising Star' O-Michael Lund Petersen. B-Teneri Farm Inc. & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $14,000 Ylg '17 KEEJAN; $95,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP; $55,000 RNA 2yo '18 OBSMAR; $625,000 2yo '18 EASMAY. Lifetime Record: MGSW & GISP, 4-3-1-0, $234,000. Last Start: 1st, GIII Robert B. Lewis S., SA, Feb. 2 Next Start: Uncommitted Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 14. Bob Baffert's re-routing of Game Winner and Improbable to the Rebel S. had ripple effects for 'TDN Rising Star'...

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War of Will

WAR OF WILL (c, War Front—Visions of Clarity {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells)O-Gary Barber. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY). T-Mark Casse. Sales History: $175,000 RNA Ylg '17 KEESEP; €250,000 2yo '18 ARQMAY. Lifetime Record: MGSW, 7-3-1-1, $491,569.Last Start: 1st, GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 16Accomplishments Include: 1st, GIII Lecomte S., FG, Jan. 19Next Start: GII Louisiana Derby, FG, Mar. 23Equineline PPs. Caulfield on War of Will. KY Derby Points: 60.War of Will's status at the kingpin atop the sophomore totem pole got subtly stronger over the past week, and much of that rise in...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for Jan. 22

There's a fair amount of parity within this week's edition of the Top 12. The dozen GI Kentucky Derby hopefuls are sired by 10 different stallions. Three of them are homebreds, and auction prices for the rest of the pack range from $32,000 up to $1.2 million. The horses ranked as Nos. 1-3 have held their positions all season long based on strong 2018 credentials, Nos. 4 and 5 delivered eye-opening performances in their first 2019 starts, and everybody else has flashed talent, but will need to do more to...

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Mind Control

MIND CONTROL (c, Stay Thirsty-Feel That Fire, by Lightning N Thunder) O-Red Oak Stable (Brunetti) and Madaket Stables LLC. B-Red Oak Stable. T-Gregory Sacco. Lifetime Record: GISW, 5-3-1-0, $323,400. Last Start: 1st, Jerome S., AQU, Jan. 1 Next race: GIII Gotham S., AQU, Mar. 9 Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 10. Mind Control had a schedule switch since our last update, with his connections opting out of last Saturday's GIII Withers S. at nine furlongs in favor of the Mar. 9 Gotham S. at a mile, which would be his...

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MIHOS (c, Cairo Prince-Feline Flatline, by Lion Heart) 'TDN Rising Star' O-Centennial Farms. B-Wayne, Gray and Bryan Lyster. T-James Jerkens. Sales History: $320,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: SW, 4-2-0-1, $118,960. Last Start: 5th, GII Fasig-Tipton Holly Bull S., GP, Feb. 2 Next Start: Uncommitted Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 0. Even though this $320,000 KEESEP Cairo Prince colt finished fifth in Saturday's puzzling renewal of the Holy Bull S., Mihos retains a tenuous grip on the No. 12 spot in the rankings. The reason? To me, this 'TDN Rising Star'...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for Jan. 8

January's first three significant prep races for the GI Kentucky Derby made a small dent in the Top 12 rankings, but we're still largely in a familiar early-season holding pattern as we await February or March starts for the prime movers and shakers. The list right now resembles a beginning-game chess board, with a few bold pawns on the advance before the bigger playmaking pieces swing into action. 1) GAME WINNER (c, Candy Ride {Arg}--Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy) 'TDN Rising Star'. O-Gary & Mary West. B-Summer Wind Equine (KY)....

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TDN Derby Top 12 for Dec. 28

by T.D. Thornton We're now 128 days out from the 145th GI Kentucky Derby, and the pecking order is hazily taking shape. The initial Top 12 rankings are largely based on 2-year-old form, but there's a speculative, forward-thinking element (read: guesswork) built into the equation, with the goal of projecting how these still-developing horses will blossom over the next four months. Get tied on and enjoy the ride.   1) GAME WINNER (c, Candy Ride {Arg}--Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy) 'TDN Rising Star'. O-Gary & Mary West. B-Summer Wind Equine...

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