This past Saturday’s Kentucky Derby prep action was rather
light with just the G3 Gotham stakes on tap. It featured Uncle Mo’s stablemate, Stay Thirsty’s 2011
debut and the potential 4th victory in a row for up and comer,
The battle was billed to be between odds-on favorite Stay
Thirsty and second choice, Toby’s Corner on a fast track that played fair all
day long. Well, it didn’t quite
work out that way as Stay Thirsty was in command throughout and drew away from
the field nearing the wire under some handling. Meanwhile, Toby’s Corner’s temper flared again as he fought
his pilot early on before finally settling down.
The pace was abysmally slow so this race came down to which
horse would have the best turn of foot late in the going. Stay Thirsty overcame the slow pace
best of all.
It appears that as Uncle Mo preps for the Wood Memorial this
weekend, stablemate Stay Thirsty will be pointed to the Florida Derby for his
next and final prep. Going to have
to really make an impact in that prep to show he belongs. Connections of Toby’s Corner were
disappointed and are considering a few possibilities for their charge including
the Louisiana Derby.
Here’s our post-race evaluation for the G3 Gotham Stakes
AQUEDUCT G3 GOTHAM
STAKES 1 1/16 Miles Dirt
Winner: Stay Thirsty (RANKED #19 – HRN DERBY CONTENDERS)
Beyer Speed Rating: 89
BRIS Pace/Final Pars: First Call = 92;
Second Call = 100; Final = 100
Pace/Final: First Call = 75;
Second Call = 86; Final = 95
Track Bias: None
Tough Trips: Nacho Saint broke slow and was ran out or room late on the
Impressive Effort: None
HRN Pre-Race Grade = C-
HRN Post-Race Grade = D+
Notes: This was a useful, shake-the-rust-off, prep for Stay Thirsty
but overall, it was one of the weaker Derby preps run thus far. With the slow pace, 1 1/16th
distance and unimpressive figures, we are downgrading this prep race to a D+.
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