TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

King Fury

12) KING FURY (c, Curlin–Taris, by Flatter)
O-Fern Circle Stables & Three Chimneys Farm, LLC. B-Heider Family Stables LLC (Ky). T-Ken McPeek. Sales history: $950,000 yrl '19 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-0, $142,739.
Last Start: 5th GII GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., Churchill, Nov. 28
Accomplishments: 1st Street Sense S.
Next Start: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0.

King Fury, a $950,000 FTSAUG colt by Curlin, already owns two wins over the Churchill surface, and this Jan. 12 foal has a stamina-centric base with five races already at 1 1/16 miles (only one other Top 12 horse, Jackie's Warrior, has made as many starts; four of them were one-turn contests). The best of King Fury's routes was his Oct. 25 Street Sense S. score, in which this bay stalked, made an outside bid, and stayed on willingly to mow down an odds-on favorite who was gamely trying to re-rally. His seventh-place effort in the Breeders' Cup 12 days later might have been too big an ask (although getting trapped on the far turn behind a spent speedster didn't help), and trying new tactics as the blinkers-on pacemaker in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. generated only a fifth-place result. But that solid early-career foundation, attractive pedigree, and the capable patience of trainer Ken McPeek all signal that King Fury should not be eliminated from top-tier contention based on two subpar late-season races.