SOLOMINI (c, Curlin–Surf Song, by Storm Cat)
O-Zayat Stables. B-Glenna R. Salyer DVM (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $270,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: MGISP, 4-1-2-1, $472,000.
Last Start: 3rd, GI Los Alamitos Futurity, LRC, Dec. 9
Accomplishments Include: 2nd, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 4; 2nd GI FrontRunner S., SA, Sept. 30.
Next Start: Uncommitted
KY Derby Points: 14
Solomini rates a spot within the initial Top 12 rankings, but it’s unclear at this nascent stage of the season whether or not he’s solidly entrenched at this level. His company lines seem stronger than his actual on-track efforts, which to date include: 1) A lugging-in maiden sprint win; 2) Back-to-back, open-length seconds in the wakes of Good Magic and Bolt d’Oro, the two top juvenile Eclipse Award finalists, and 3) Finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of fellow Baffert trainee McKinzie in the GI Los Alamitos Futurity, only to have his number taken down via debatable disqualification. In that Los Al stakes, Solomini broke running, seemed to lose touch a bit down the backstretch, re-engaged on the far turn while four wide off the bend, then gained better focus the longer and deeper he got into the drive. McKinzie’s rebound win on Saturday in the Sham S. certainly flattered Solomini’s form. But Solomini–a grinder type of racehorse–is going to have to authoritatively take the next step to advance his own placement in the Triple Crown pecking order.