TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Proxy

5) PROXY (c, Tapit–Panty Raid, by Include)
O/B-Godolphin (Ky). T-Michael Stidham. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $67,700.
Last Start: 1st, Alw, FG, Dec. 19
Next Start:Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0.

Proxy won a Dec. 19 NW2L allowance over 1 1/16 miles at the Fair Grounds that impressed more from a “how he did it” perspective rather than “how fast” (76 Beyer). Backed to 7-10 favoritism in a four-horse race, this Godolphin homebred brushed the gate, assumed command into the turn and onto the backstretch, then conceded the lead between calls. He reclaimed the top spot at the entrance to the final bend, then braced for a two-pronged attack from the closers. Proxy drifted out three times in upper- and mid-stretch under left-handed stick work, and one of his outward sways intimidated a rival while emboldening Proxy. Asked for another gear, this colt dug in stoutly, opening up to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Proxy raced on Lasix for both of his Fair Grounds wins after running second, beaten a neck, without it in his Monmouth Park debut. In this transition year for Lasix, he is the only horse within the Top 12 to have raced on it, and if he is to advance as a top-tier Derby candidate, he'll have to forego that medication moving forward. This year's Derby (and its major points-earning preps) are all being conducted Lasix-free.

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