PRINCIPE GUILHERME (c, Tapit–Aubby K, by Street Sense)
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Three Chimneys Farm. B-Three Chimneys Farm (KY). T-Steve Asmussen. Sales History: $600,000 wlg FTKNOV ’15. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $61,800.
Last Start: 1st, Allowance Optional Claiming, FG, Dec. 16
Next Start: Entered in GIII LeComte S., FG, Jan. 13
KY Derby Points: 0
Will the devastating ease with which Principe Guilherme won his first two career tries (by a combined 18 lengths) be eclipsed by what he might do once he finally faces a stern challenge? He is the only member of the season-opening Top 12 to debut on this list without stakes experience, but this ‘TDN Rising Star’ will get his shot when he starts favored in Saturday’s GIII Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds. In his seven-furlong maiden debut at Churchill, this Tapit colt was somehow let go at 7-1 in the betting, yet displayed sharp natural speed, seemed to relish getting hooked (and then swatting away) early challengers, and responded zealously to vigorous stretch rousing (even while remaining on his left lead in the run to the wire). Principe Guilherme’s second career start was a near-effortless dismantling of a two-turn Fair Grounds allowance field at 2-5 odds in which he was hand-ridden home by 11 3/4 lengths. His stakes debut got a touch more interesting when the Lecomte was drawn, as Principe Guilherme landed in post 12 and will have to be tactically nimble considering there is no shortage of speed drawn to his inside.