TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


9) BASIN (c, Liam’s MapAppenzell, by Johannesburg)
O-Jackpot Farm. B-Cottonwood Stables LLC (KY). T-Steve Asmussen. Sales History: $150,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GISW, 6-2-2-1, $471,000.
Last Start: 2nd GI Arkansas Derby, OP, May 2
Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Runhappy Hopeful S., SAR, Sept. 2, 3rd GII Rebel S., OP, Mar. 14
Next Start: GII Toyota Blue Grass S., KEE, July 11
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 50.

Basin, last summer’s GI Hopeful S. winner, could be primed to pounce third off the layoff if he starts as expected in the Blue Grass S. Trainer Steve Asmussen told last week that the prospect of some extra time between starts and a desire to keep this $150,000 KEESEP bay in two-turn races as the chief reasons he did not enter the Belmont S. on Saturday. After not starting between September and March because of a right hind ankle issue, this Liam’s Map colt has been third and second behind two Bob Baffert-trained winning faves in Oaklawn stakes. Most recently Basin was five lengths in the wake of now-sidelined Charlatan (Speightstown) in the division of the Arkansas Derby that produced faster internal fractions but a slower final eighth and final time. Basin is a May 12 foal, so his next start will be the first after his actual third birthdate.