TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Thousand Words

6) THOUSAND WORDS (c, Pioneerof the NilePomeroys Pistol, by Pomeroy)
O-Albaugh Family Stables & Spendthrift Farm. B-Hardacre Farm (Fl). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSW, 5-3-0-0, $235,500.
Last Start: 11th Oaklawn S., OP, Apr. 11
Accomplishments Include: 1st GII Los Alamitos Futurity, LRC, Dec. 7, 1st GIII Robert B. Lewis S., SA, Feb. 1
Next Start: Possible for GIII Los Alamitos Derby, LRC, July 4
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 25.

Either the July 4 GIII Los Alamitos Derby or the July 11 Blue Grass S. will be the next start for Thousand Words, trainer Bob Baffert told TDN last week. The bet here is that this $1-million KEESEP bay goes in the Los Al Derby. Thousand Words won the GII Los Alamitos Futurity over that track last December. Plus it’s an easier ship from Santa Anita, and the race has only lured four and five starters in each of the past two runnings (with Baffert trainees winning both). Thousand Words reigned as the No. 1 kingpin on this list for most of the winter, then dropped precipitously after a punchless, no-excuse fourth in the Mar. 7 San Felipe S. His stock fell further after a beaten-fave 11th over a sealed track in the Oaklawn S. Apr. 11, but that day he truly looked like a horse who wasn’t comfortable with the wet footing, backpedaling from kickback 3 1/2 furlongs out. With the GI Kentucky Derby advanced to Sept. 5, he’s now back in play as a second-wind candidate. Thousand Words fired two consecutive training bullets earlier this month. Then he worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 (4/10) on Saturday while drawing well clear of older workmate Once On Whiskey (Bodemeister), who, coincidentally, won the 2018 Los Al Derby.