TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


VEKOMA (c, Candy Ride {Arg}Mona de Momma, by Speightstown)
O-R. A. Hill Stable & Gatsas Stables. B-Alpha Delta Stables, LLC (KY). T-George Weaver. Sales History: $135,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW, 2-2-0-0, $151,250.
Jan. 8 TDN Top 12 Ranking: 6
Last Start: 1st GIII Nashua S., AQU, Nov. 4
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 0.

It’s been a 2-for-2 thrill ride for Vekoma so far (who shares a name with a roller coaster manufacturer), but a tough assignment looms as this $135,000 KEESEP colt nears his 2019 debut, which will come about four months after his GIII Nashua S. score last November. “We’re still targeting the [Mar. 2] Fountain of Youth, or possibly the GIII Gotham the following weekend,” trainer George Weaver told TDN on Sunday. “But he’s made good progress and we’re happy with him. He’s a seriously talented horse. We need him to stay sound, and we need him to get over there and do his job. He hasn’t gone two turn yet, and that’s going to be the big question mark with regard to the Triple Crown. But he’s by Candy Ride (Arg), so he should be able to get two turns. Hopefully we’ll get the answer we’re looking for.” As a May 22 foal, Vekoma did look a little light on seasoning in the stretch runs of his first two races. As for his next race, the Fountain of Youth is likely to lure the most “loaded” field. But the presumably softer Gotham is a one-turn mile, so it wouldn’t answer the all-important two-turn question right away.


1st GIII Nashua S.
1st Maiden