TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


11) KEEPMEINMIND (c, LaobanInclination, by Victory Gallop)
O-Cypress Creek LLC & Arnold Bennewith. B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (Ky). T-Robertino Diodoro. Lifetime Record: GSW, 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: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 18.

As a maiden, Keepmeinmind ran second and third behind No. 1-ranked Essential Quality in the GI Breeders' Futurity S. and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, beaten only 5 1/4 combined lengths. This Laoban bay then went off favored in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. under the lights at Churchill, rallying from last to collar a tiring leader. But Keepmeinmind's Churchill score registered a touch on the tepid side numbers-wise (80 Beyer), and it clocked .54 seconds slower than 2-year-old fillies covered the same 1 1/16-miles distance in the GII Golden Rod S. one race earlier. Keepmeinmind is likely to attempt the Oaklawn prep path, which is where his run-all-day dam-sire Victory Gallop won the then-GIII Rebel S. and then-GII Arkansas Derby prior to running second in both the 1998 Derby and GI Preakness S. and winning the GI Belmont S.