TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Sole Volante

6) SOLE VOLANTE (g, Karakontie {Jpn}Light Blow, by Kingmambo)
O-Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone & Limelight Stables Corp. B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY). T-Patrick Biancone. Sales History: $6,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP; $20,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: GSW, 4-3-0-1, $196,310.
Last Start: 2nd GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, TAM, Mar. 7
Accomplishments Include: 1st GIII Sam F. Davis S., TAM, Feb. 8, 1st Pulpit S., GP, Nov. 30
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 30.

Sole Volante flies under the radar, but he’s checked off more than a few boxes on the sophomore progression list to show he belongs with the top of the crop. This $6,000 KEESEP yearling turned $20,000 OBSAPR juvenile won his first two starts going long on the turf, and–when transitioned to dirt at Gulfstream and Tampa in early winter–he responded with a trio of Beyers in the 90+ range. Consistently putting up big numbers is not an easy task for a 3-year-old who likes to close from the back of the pack (speed-centric horses seem to do it more easily), and it underscores that Sole Volante has a decent foundation of stamina and fitness. His connections passed on entering the split Arkansas Derby primarily because of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for horses shipping back into Florida, but the gritty second by King Guillermo (Uncle Mo) in the faster division of that Oaklawn stakes boosted Sole Volante’s stock, because King Guillermo and Sole Volante ran one-two in the GII Tampa Bay Derby.