TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


8) CEZANNE (c, CurlinAchieving, by Bernardini)
O-Mrs John Magnier, Michael B Tabor, Derrick Smith & St Elias Stable. B-Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings Inc & St Elias Stables LLC (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $3,650,000 2yo ’19 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. Last Start: 1st Maiden Special Weight, SA, June 6. Next Start: Uncommitted. Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 0.

Trainer Bob Baffert joked in a Sports Illustrated story last week that recent maiden-breaking stablemates Cezanne (the $3.65 million FTFMAR Curlin-sired sales topper) and Uncle Chuck (Uncle Mo, $250,000 KEESEP), were “walk-ons” taking the place of the barn’s recently sidelined or retired Derby prospects. But “pretty good walk-ons,” Baffert was quick to add. He told TDN via text message last week there were “no real plans” yet for a next race for both colts. Cezanne, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat prior to last year’s auction, earned a 90 Beyer for winning his debut at 6 1/2 furlongs, in which he battled in the two path amid a four-way go for the lead, then dug in off the turn to open up to a 2 1/4-length win.


1st Maiden Special Weight