TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

King Guillermo

8) KING GUILLERMO (c, Uncle MoSlow Sand, by Dixieland Band)
O-Victoria’s Ranch. B-Carhue Investments, Grouseridge Ltd. & Marengo Investments (KY). T-Juan Avila. Sales History: $90,000 RNA yrl ’18 KEESEP; $150,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP, 5-2-1-1, $340,350.
Last Start: 2nd GI Arkansas Derby, OP, May 2
Accomplishments Include: 3rd Pulpit S., GP, Nov. 30, 1st GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 90.

King Guillermo’s second in the stronger/faster division of the split Arkansas Derby represents the best performance by any of the horses who ran behind the two winning favorites. His prolonged run behind Nadal wasn’t a ‘Wow!’ effort, but it earned him style points for how he kept digging in determinedly without quitting even though he only had one brief chance at the eighth pole to try and seize the lead. This Uncle Mo bay ($90,000 RNA at KEESEP; $150,000 OBSAPR) carved out a nice inside trip and handled being covered up at the rail as the speedsters sparred, but he was already being nudged along a half-mile out to engage. By the midway point on the far turn, jockey Samy Camacho was whipping and driving hard, and this colt gave his rider all he had and kept grinding away even as Nadal clicked into a higher gear that King G. could not match. He might not have been the best sophomore on the first Saturday in May, but such tenacity signals that he could be in the mix come September with a little more experience under his belt.