NOBLE INDY (c, Take Charge Indy–Noble Maz, by Storm Boot)
O-WinStar Farm LLC & Repole Stable. B-WinStar Farm LLC. T-Todd Pletcher. Sales history: $45,000 RNA yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: GSW, 5-3-0-1, $691,600.
Caulfield on Noble Indy.
It probably wouldn’t be wise to hold ‘TDN Rising Star’ Noble Indy’s 17th-place Derby performance against him when he next resurfaces in the entries. He’s lightly raced, drew into the auxiliary gate, and was simply facing far better, more seasoned rivals coming off a six-week gap. This $45,000 KEESEP Take Charge Indy colt was forwardly placed, and jockey Florent Geroux spent a good part of the first quarter mile of the Derby looking back and to his left to see if and where could drop in to save some ground. With no opening presenting itself, Noble Indy had to settle for a six, then seven-wide bid into the first turn, and he remained a few paths off the rail for the backstretch run while unable to assert himself with any spark before backing off. Geroux said the wet track was not to the colt’s liking; trainer Todd Pletcher added that “Noble Indy got the trip we wanted. He just wasn’t up to it in the end.”