TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


7) CHARLATAN (c, SpeightstownAuthenticity, by Quiet American)
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding & Golconda Stables. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $700,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GISW, 3-3-0-0, $367,200.
Last Start: 1st GI Arkansas Derby, OP, May 2
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 100.

Charlatan made the lead fluidly from the rail and cruised around the track under his own power through legit splits in his six-length cudgeling of the weaker/slower division of the Arkansas Derby. Just a subtle cue to quicken at the 3 1/2-furlong pole was all it took for this $700,000 KEESEP acquisition to open up on his overwhelmed rivals, who were all being hustled and muscled in futile attempts to close the gap. This ‘TDN Rising Star’ is now 3-for-3, but we’ve yet to see how he handles adversities like getting hooked into a speed duel or having to face multiple challenges late in the lane. This son of champion sprinter Speightstown outpaced stablemate Nadal in all of the internal splits up to a mile in their respective divisions, but Nadal came home quicker in the final eighth after having to wrest away the lead and then fight off a late-closing foe. Charlatan’s Arkansas Derby Beyer of 96 represents a sizable drop from the 105 and 106 he earned in his first two lifetime starts at Santa Anita. It’s not often you see a 2-5 favorite win his stakes debut by open lengths yet drop 10 points by the numbers.