MASK (c, Tapit–Hidden Expression, by Yonaguska)
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Lane’s End Racing. B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY). T-Chad Brown. Sales History: $685,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: SW, 2-2-0-0, $105,760.
Last Start: 1st, Mucho Macho Man S., GP, Jan. 6
Next Start: Uncommitted
KY Derby Points: 0
Mask has shown flashes of brilliance in his two-for-two career. We already know this $685,000 KEESEP colt possesses sharp enough early speed to put himself in control of races early on, and both trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano went on record praising this ‘TDN Rising Star’s’ poise and focusing ability after his 6 1/4-length, one-turn mile romp in the Jan. 6 Mucho Macho Man S. at Gulfstream. The next box to check off on Mask’s Derby development list will be a two-turn race, and Brown confirmed to the Fair Grounds press team earlier this month that he’s considering the Tapit colt for the 1 1/16-mile GII Risen Star S. Feb. 17. Mask’s dam, the stakes-winning sprinter Hidden Expression (Yonaguska), also began her career with a pair of wins around one turn, but she did not attempt a route race in three subsequent starts before retirement. Her only other two foals to race remain maidens.