TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


VEKOMA (c, Candy Ride {Arg}Mona de Momma, by Speightstown)
O-R. A. Hill Stable & Gatsas Stables. B-Alpha Delta Stables, LLC (KY). T-George Weaver. Sales History: $135,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGSW, 4-3-0-1, $788,850.
Last Start: 1st, GII Blue Grass S., KEE, Apr. 6
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 110.

Vekoma owns three wins from four starts (two of them in graded stakes) but seems stuck with the “overachiever” label. Part of that has to do with him being a May 22 foal who is physically smaller in stature than his peers. Another part is his lack of stretch-run focus (he is prone to shifting and drifting and cocking his head; as a 2-year-old he was on the wrong lead). A third factor has to do with his GII Blue Grass S. victory being aided by a speed-friendly Keeneland surface (seven of eight main-track winners that day were first or second at the second call). But $135,000 KEESEP Candy Ride (Arg) colt keeps ending up in the winner’s circle after most of his races, so he must be doing something right. The main question Vekoma will have to answer in Louisville deals with his pedigree: With 2004 champion sprinter Speightstown as his dam-sire, is 10 furlongs under constant pace pressure in a 20-horse field within his grasp?