TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Speaker’s Corner

7) SPEAKER’S CORNER (c, Street Sense–Tyburn Brook, by Bernardini)
O/B-Godolphin (Ky). T-William Mott. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $43,290.
Last Start: 1st Mdn, Belmont, Oct. 11
Next Start: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0.

Speaker’s Corner is the third Godolphin homebred (for three different trainers) to crack the inaugural Top 12 list. This one’s a Street Sense bay out of a Bernardini mare conditioned by Bill Mott. Even though Mott’s firsters generally need a race or two before rounding into best efforts, this colt got pounded to odds-on favoritism for his Saratoga debut Sept. 7. A slow start and moderate rally left a slightly green Speaker’s Corner third, 6 3/4 lengths behind the winner that day, but start number two reconciled the advance hype. In a deep-on-paper Oct. 11 MSW over seven furlongs at Belmont, he got bumped at the break then rallied into swift splits (:22.04, :44.64), reeling in next-out winner–and subsequent ‘TDN Rising Star’–Caddo River (Hard Spun) with an impressive, grind-down stretch rally, earning Speaker’s Corner an 80 Beyer. In addition, the third-place finisher in that race came back to run second as the fave in a nine-furlong MSW, and the eighth-place finisher subsequently wired a MSW grass route.

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