AVERY ISLAND (c, Street Sense–-Kinda Spicy, by A.P. Indy)
O-Godolphin Racing. B-Godolphin (KY). T-Kiaran McLaughlin. Lifetime Record: GSW, 4-2-1-0, $215,332.
Last Start: 2nd, GII Remsen S., AQU, Dec. 2.
Accomplishments Include: 1st, GII Nashua S., AQU, Nov. 5.
Next Start: Aiming for GII Holy Bull S., GP, or GIII Withers S., AQU, both Feb. 3
KY Derby Points: 4
Big, long-striding Avery Island completes a two-colt tandem of Godolphin-owned and -bred candidates within the initial Top 12 rankings. Both this prospect and No. 5-ranked Enticed are currently based at Palm Meadows with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, and the idea is to race one in New York and the other in Florida for two Derby points races on Feb. 3. Avery Island put together breakthrough efforts when winning a pair of one-turn route races by 10 combined lengths at Belmont (MSW) and Aqueduct (GII Nashua S.) last autumn, then capped off his juvenile season with a solid second behind top-ranked Catholic Boy when favored in the nine-furlong Remsen S. He was a composed stalker while on hold inside amid mild traffic in the early stages, then seemed to run only in spots (while taking dirt to the face). He lacked an explosive late kick to polish off the performance, but this colt stayed on well enough to believe he belongs with the division’s top dozen at this early juncture of the rankings.