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Midnight Bourbon

8) MIDNIGHT BOURBON (c, Tiznow--Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon) O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steve Asmussen. Sales history: $525,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-2, $221,420. Last Start: 1st GIII Lecomte S., FG, Jan. 16 Next Start: Aiming for GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 13 Accomplishments: 3rd GI Champagne S., 2nd GIII Iroquois S. Equineline PPs. Ky Derby points: 16. Midnight Bourbon, who hit his third birthdate Jan. 25, made a positive impression with a wire-to-wire win in the GIII Lecomte S.  The question he'll...

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Prevalence

7) PREVALENCE (c, Medaglia d'Oro--Enrichment, by Ghostzapper) O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Brendan Walsh. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,800. Last Start: 1st GP maiden, Jan. 23 Next Start: Uncommitted Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star' Equineline PPs. Ky Derby points: 0. The seven-furlong MSW on the Pegasus undercard at Gulfstream Saturday had the look of a "loaded" race as soon as the overnight was drawn, and the only real surprise was that one of the talented colts would manage to win it by 8 1/2 geared-down lengths. Prevalence broke inward and brushed with a rival, then...

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Keepmeinmind

12) KEEPMEINMIND (c, Laoban--Inclination, by Victory Gallop) O-Cypress Creek LLC & Arnold Bennewith. B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (Ky). T-Robertino Diodoro. Lifetime Record: GSW & MGISP, 4-1-2-1, $394,320. Last Start: 1st GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. Accomplishments: 2nd GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, 3rd GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile Next Start: Aiming for the GIII Southwest S., OP, Feb. 15. Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 18. Although Keepmeinmind didn't break his maiden until he won the Nov. 29 GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., jockey David Cohen said it was the deep closer's...

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Caddo River

2) CADDO RIVER (c, Hard Spun--Pangburn, by Congrats) O/B-Shortleaf Stable (Ky). T-Brad Cox. Lifetime Record: 4-2-2-0, $166,092. Last Start: 1st Smarty Jones S., OP, Jan. 22. Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star' Next Start: Uncommitted. Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 10. I normally wouldn't get too excited about a recent maiden-breaker who looked dominant on paper wiring an ungraded stakes field. In fact, well-bet, wire-to-wire horses have won each of the previous three editions of the Smarty Jones S., but none made an impact as Derby contenders. Caddo River resonates differently, though....

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Mandaloun

11) MANDALOUN (c, Into Mischief--Brooch, by Empire Maker) O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc. (Ky). T-Brad Cox. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $91,252. Last Start: 3rd GIII Lecomte S., FG, Jan. 16 Next Start: Possible for GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 13 Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star' Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 2. 'TDN Rising Star' Mandaloun was tactically disadvantaged by being three wide on both turns behind a tepid pace in the Lecomte S., and this Juddmonte homebred by Into Mischief also lost the race within the race by letting Proxy come back to...

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Highly Motivated

10) HIGHLY MOTIVATED (c, Into Mischief--Strong Incentive, by Warrior's Reward) O/B-Klaravich Stables, Inc (Ky). T-Chad Brown. Sales history: $240,000 wnlg '18 KEENOV. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $124,050. Last Start: 1st Nyquist S., Kee, Nov. 6 Next Start: Uncommitted. Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0. Highly Motivated is now two half-mile breezes into his Palm Meadows training for a 2021 debut, meaning the GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. (FOY) could be in play. Thus far he's a 2-for-3 sprint specialist, but this $240,000 KEENOV Into Mischief colt's stalking 6 1/2-furlong Nyquist...

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Life Is Good

6) LIFE IS GOOD (c, Into Mischief--Beach Walk, by Distorted Humor) O-CHC Inc & WinStar Farm LLC. B-Gary & Mary West Stable (Ky). T-Bob Baffert. Sales history: $525,000 yrl '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $94,200. Last Start: 1st GIII Sham S., SA, Jan. 2 Next Start: Possible for GII San Felipe S., SA, Mar. 6 Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star' Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 10. This $525,000 KEESEP Into Mischief bay is on a similar prep-race trajectory as trainer Bob Baffert's 2020 Derby winner Authentic, who used the GIII Sham...

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Proxy

9) PROXY (c, Tapit--Panty Raid, by Include) O/B-Godolphin (Ky). T-Michael Stidham. Lifetime Record: 4-2-2-0, $107,700. Last Start: 2nd GIII Lecomte S., FG, Jan. 16 Next Start: Possible for GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 13 Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 4. Proxy got first run at Midnight Bourbon in the Lecomte S., and although this Tapit homebred for Godolphin couldn't seal the deal to reel in that solo pacemaker, he did glean a useful lesson in how to claw back his position when headed in the stretch by 4-5 favorite...

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Jackie's Warrior

5) JACKIE'S WARRIOR (c, Maclean's Music--Unicorn Girl, by A. P. Five Hundred) O-J Kirk & Judy Robison. B-J & J Stables (Ky). T-Steve Asmussen. Sales history: $95,000 yrl '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 5-4-0-0, $502,564. Last Start: 4th GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile, KEE, Nov. 6 Accomplishments: 1st GII Saratoga Special, 1st GI Runhappy Hopeful S., 1st GI Champagne S. Next Start: Possible for GIII Southwest S., OP, Feb. 15. Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 12. Although I'm sure the connections of Jackie's Warrior would have much rather finished first...

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Prime Factor

4) PRIME FACTOR (c, Quality Road--Haylie Brae, by Bernardini) O-CHC Inc. & WinStar Farm LLC. B-Two Hearts Farm LLC (Ky). T-Todd Pletcher. Sales history: $900,000 yrl '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Last Start: Mdn win, Gulfstream, Dec. 12 Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star' Next Start: Uncommitted. Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0. 'TDN Rising Star' Prime Factor closed at 21-1 odds in last weekend's Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. It's likely that his prep path toward the Derby will look similar to that of his sire, Quality...

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Likeable

3) LIKEABLE (c, Frosted--Dashing Debby, by Medaglia d'Oro) O-Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable & Stonestreet Stables LLC. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC (Ky). T-Todd Pletcher. Sales history: $350,000 yrl '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $49,050. Last Start: 13th GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile, KEE, Nov. 6 Accomplishments: Mdn win, Belmont, Sept. 19 Next Start: Uncommitted Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0. Likeable celebrates his foaling-date birthday Jan. 26 and appears ready to hit the entries now more than a month into his winter training at Palm Beach Downs. This $350,000 KEESEP...

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Essential Quality

1) ESSENTIAL QUALITY (c, Tapit--Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality) O/B-Godolphin (Ky); T-Brad Cox. Lifetime Record: GISW, 3-3-0-0, $1,335,144. Last Start: 1st GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile, KEE, Nov. 6 Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, 'TDN Rising Star' Next Start: GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 13 or GIII Southwest S., OP, Feb. 15 Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 30. 'TDN Rising Star' Essential Quality will likely add an Eclipse Award to his résumé on Thursday as this undefeated colt preps for either the GII Risen Star S. Feb....

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