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Son of Kentucky Derby Winner May Be One to Watch

At Gulfstream Park on Saturday, the anchor race on the card is the G3 Marshua’s River Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and upward, but most eyes will be on a race earlier on the card. Race Seven is an allowance optional claiming race contested at a mile and restricted to three-year olds. Among the contenders in the race are Kentucky Derby hopefuls One Sock Down and Discreet Dancer, currently 8th and 21st respectively on the Horse Racing Nation 2012 Kentucky Derby Power Rankings. While these two colts stand out for obvious reasons, it was another colt that grabbed my eye when I was handicapping this race.

In the Beat has not set a track record like Discreet Dancer, and he is not an undefeated maiden winner like the Discreet Cat and Dehere colts and A Boy Named Em. No, it was not his racing record that caught my eye but rather his pedigree. In the Beat was sired by Kentucky Derby winner and 2006’s Champion 2-Year Old Street Sense, and is out of a mare by Fusaichi Pegasus, another Kentucky Derby winner. His sire’s sire is Street Cry, winner of the Dubai World Cup in 2002. Take his pedigree just one more generation back on his dam’s side and you find Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and influential dirt sire Mr. Prospector

Despite his intriguing pedigree, In the Beat has so far not shown any indication of the brilliance his sire and grand-sires showed on the track. In his first two starts, he came up empty in the stretch run under jockey Frederic Lenclud. After finishing 5th and 7th in two maiden races, trainer Carl Nafzger replaced Lenclud with Calvin Borel. The new jockey proved to be just the ticket for the colt. Borel kept the colt well in hand and tucked him in along the rail to save ground. Entering the stretch drive, Borel gave the Street Sense colt his patented rail skimming ride, and the duo slipped in between foes to post a half length victory over favorite Radiant Talent.

Calvin Borel has a knack for winning the Run for the Roses using that rail skimming technique. In two consecutive years, he guided Mine That Bird (2009) and Super Saver (2010) to victory in the most prestigious race for three-year olds. Borel and In the Beat obviously clicked, connecting for the win at odds of 25.60; but, aside from their victory, Borel and In the Beat have one other very important connection: Borel piloted Street Sense, In the Beat’s sire, during his career. Borel is obviously looking for a Kentucky Derby mount, and it just might be that the son of one of his previous Derby winners can help him get to the winner’s circle again. Speaking of connections, Nafzger also trained Street Sense during his career, and both In the Beat and his sire are owned by the same connections. This combination did it before, and they may just do it again. I know it is a bit soon to be talking about the Derby when In the Beat has only a maiden win to his credit, but, hey, stranger things have happened.

1.Neck ‘n Neck—3/C—J. Lezcano—I. Wilkes—118
2.In the Beat—3/C—C. Borel—C. Nafzger—116
3.Hollywood Script—3/C—J. Castanon—P. Byrne—116
4.One Sock Down—3/C—P. Lopez—E. Coletti, Sr.—116
5.Two Is to Many—3/G—A. Gallardo—R. Combest—118
6.Da Vinci—3/C—J. Velazquez—T. Pletcher—118
7.A Boy Named Em—3/G—C. Lanerie—E. Kenneally—116
8.Here We Go Joe—3/C—E. Trujillo—J. Pinchin—116
9.Discreet Dancer—3/C—J. Castellano—T. Pletcher—116


What the Nation is saying about Son of Kentucky Derby Winner May Be One to Watch...

The HRN rankings are constantly updated and can be found in several divisions on the "Top 250" menu above. They are tabulated by averaging all of the votes made by HRN readers. You can vote on horses by going to their home page and giving them the number of stars you feel they deserve.
Ashley (or anyone, for that matter)... I am new here. Can you explain how exactly the Power Rankings on the KY Derby Contender profiles mean? How are they determined? I don't need a technical explanation, just a general explanation of what they mean and how they change. Thanks!!
Great article Ashley!
very interesting
I agree, Darlene, but, fortunately, he'll have plenty of time to accumulate some money. I'm really excited about this colt, and he hasn't even proven what he can do. Hope he runs well.
sounds like a one to watch thanks for bringing to our attention He's going to need a bunch of stakes earnings though to make it in first Sat in May
This might as well be a stakes race, can't wait to see what many of these promising colts do on Saturday and beyond!


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.