TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Caddo River

10) CADDO RIVER (c, Hard Spun–Pangburn, by Congrats)
O/B-Shortleaf Stable (Ky). T-Brad Cox. Lifetime Record: 3-1-2-0, $76,092.
Last Start: 1st Msw, Churchill, Nov. 15
Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star'
Next Start: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0.

'TDN Rising Star' Caddo River closed at 27-1 odds in Pool 1 of the Derby Future Wager. By contrast, his sire, Hard Spun, went off at 24-1 in the Derby Sire Future Wager, meaning a discerning bettor could have had all of that stallion's offspring instead of just one of them for a difference of only three points. Futures market inefficiencies aside, this Shortleaf Stable homebred merits respect based on his ability to withstand internal pace pressure as the runner-up in the “loaded” Belmont MSW won by No. 6-ranked Speaker's Corner, which Caddo River then parlayed into a 9 1/2-length blowout in a one-turn Churchill MSW mile (83 Beyer) Nov. 15. This colt forged his way to the front and set demanding splits of :22.38 and :44.59 (albeit with a strong wind behind him on the backstretch), then torqued out smoothly for an unopposed, kept-to-task stretch run that got style points for looking poised and professional (as opposed to explosively flashy). Caddo River recently shipped from Churchill to Oaklawn, where he figures to earn a return trip to Louisville via the Hot Springs preps.


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