TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


3) MAXFIELD (c, Street SenseVelvety, by Bernardini)
O/B-Godolphin LLC (KY). T-Brendan Walsh. Lifetime Record: GISW, 2-2-0-0, $354,412.
Last Start: 1st GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, KEE, Oct. 5
Next Start: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 10.

The word from Maxfield’s connections all along has been that he will be a better colt at age three than at two, and it seems they were thinking along those lines even before this Street Sense homebred unexpectedly (10-1 odds) won his September debut in a one-turn-mile at Churchill. But it was Max’s lights-out, 5 1/2-length demolishing of the GI Breeders’ Futurity field at Keeneland Oct. 5 that truly put him on the map. A withdrawal from the GI Breeders” Cup Juvenile the week of the race because of a foot issue (that ended up requiring ankle chip surgery) knocked Maxfield out of training for several months, but not off of the Derby Top 12 list. Now, here he is six months later still highly heralded but still unraced. He’s been breezing steadily at Keeneland since shipping from Palm Meadows. The newly released Churchill Downs condition book contains a race that could be a return target: the May 23 GIII Matt Winn S. at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.