TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


SIGNALMAN (c, General Quarters–Trip South, by Trippi)
O-Tommie M. Lewis, David A. Bernsen, LLC & Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek). B-Monticule (KY). T-Kenneth G McPeek. Sales History: $32,000 Ylg ’17 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: GSW & MGISP, 5-2-2-1, $448,990.
Jan. 8 TDN Top 12 Rank: 2
Last Start: 1st, GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., CD, Nov. 24
Accomplishments Include: 3rd, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, CD, Nov. 2; 2nd, GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, KEE, Oct. 6
Next Start: Aiming for GII Fountain of Youth S., GP, Mar. 2
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 18.

On Saturday, one month prior to his anticipated 2019 debut, Signalman breezed four furlongs in company in :46.53 (2/73) at Gulfstream Park, accelerating on cue at the half-mile pole after spotting a rail-running workmate a three-quarters length head start before the duo finished up on even terms. The move was the second of four planned breezes prior to the GII Fountain of Youth S., and trainer Ken McPeek–who later that afternoon upset the GII Holy Bull S. with 29-1 Harvey Wallbanger (Congrats)–liked what he saw from this $32,000 FTKOCT General Quarters colt. “He’s a big powerful horse,” McPeek said. “He’s extremely smart, and for a big horse he’s fast. His last race [a rail-skimming win in the Nov. 24 GII Kentucky Jockey Club S.] I really liked. We asked him for speed early and he did that, then he overcame a bunch of traffic. You have to do that in May, don’t you? You have to work through traffic, and he seems to understand what to do. It’s a good position to be in right now.”