Saturday Insights: Action Kicks Off Early On Derby Saturday

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3rd-CD, $127K, OC, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 11:31 a.m.

Revelers under the Twin Spires won't have to wait long Saturday for something to sink their teeth (and their wallets) into. Only an hour into the card, a pair of 'TDN Rising Stars', each making their second starts, face off. CARTUCHO (Gun Runner) impressed on debut at Tampa for Chad Brown in his first start since selling for $1.2m as a yearling at Keeneland September in 2022. To stay perfect, he'll have to conquer the equally impressive Mindframe (Constitution) who posted a 103 Beyer Speed Figure in his 13 3/4 lengths debut win for Todd Pletcher and the partnership of Repole Stable and St Elias Stable across the state at Gulfstream Park March 30. Drawn completely opposite from one another, the pair will have nine rivals between them and 1 1/16 miles to sort things out. TJCIS PPS

1st-CD, $120K, Msw, 3yo/up, 6 1/2f, 10:30 a.m.

Juddmonte takes the wraps off Pure Force (Constitution) in the day's opening race. The colt is the third foal of racing age out of French GSW/G1SP Mexican Gold (Medaglia d'Oro), herself a half to G1SW Announce (Selkirk). Brad Cox trains the homebred with Florent Geroux aboard on debut. TJCIS PPS

14th-CD, $120K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1m, 8:35 p.m.

And from the first race on the card to the last, a pair of runners who had the misfortune of running into 'TDN Rising Star' Discreet Mischief (Into Mischief) on debut wheel back for a second time. Timeout (Curlin), a homebred for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, was second that day at Keeneland, 8 1/4 lengths back for Bill Mott while D'oro Unbridled (Medaglia d'Oro), a Charles Fipke homebred, was third just a half-length back of the runner up at odds of 27-1. And making his third start off a pair of well-met seconds behind GI Kentucky Derby runner Just a Touch (Justify) and Cornishman (Curlin) is $1.7m KEESEP yearling Gun Party (Curlin) who runs for Steve Asmussen and the partnership of Three Chimneys Farm and Winchell Thoroughbreds. TJCIS PPS

5th-WO, $111K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 3:23 p.m.

Far from the action in Kentucky, Apex (Curlin) debuts for D J Stable and trainer Mark Casse. The colt was a $600,000 pick up from FTKJUL as a yearling and is a half to GI Belmont S. and G1 Dubai World Cup runner up Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}) and out of a half to GISW Flashy Bull (Holy Bull). TJCIS PPS

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