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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Al Stall Refuses to Place His Colt in a Bind

Zipse's Kentucky Derby Daily - Day 66

Take a second to think of who has been the most impressive three-year-old to compete so far in 2011? I don't know about you, but the answer I come up with is a recent maiden winner at the Fair Grounds for the honor. Bind is his name and he was positively super and scintillating eleven days ago.

Bind, despite only running in a maiden sprint, stole the show on the stakes filled card at the Fair Grounds oval with his 9 1/2 length runaway. The dark bay colt completely dominated the field of eight maidens, rallying from just off the fast pace under Rosie Napravnik and drawing off in the stretch to win for fun.
The 11-10 choice of the bettors left onlookers thrilled and wanting more.  The clock validated what fans had seen. Final time for the six panels was a robust 1:08.80, less than a second off the track record at Fair Grounds of 1:08.03. Bind would earn a 105 Beyer for his effort.

The Kentucky Derby buzz started before the good looking colt had hit the wire. A  performance like that tends to get people excited, and it is that time of year when everyone is thinking Kentucky Derby. Everyone, that is but Bind's trainer Al Stall.

Bind will not be pointed to any of the Triple Crown races. So says Stall, and I believe the trainer who is noted for his patience.

A February foal, Bind is a son of Pulpit, out of the Unbridled mare Check. The well bred colt is a homebred of Claiborne Farm, owned in partnership with Adele Dilschneider, as was Al Stall's big horse from last year, Blame. In a stroke of pure luck, Claiborne looked to sell Bind in the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale, but he did not sell on a final bid of $180,000. Stall was not able to get the colt into serious training until last Fall, and now sees no point in rushing the potential star simply due to Derby fever.

Stall was patient with Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame, and so he will be with Bind. I, for one, am glad they won't be stunting the horse's potential and longevity by hurrying for the Derby. I like the plan, bring him along patiently and concentrate on races like the Travers and Super Derby, and then on to the fall.  

As you can tell, I am very excited to see what Bind can do. He looks like a legitimate star in the making, and should have no trouble with a distance. No Kentucky Derby? That's OK by me. Like Al Stall, I will be patient and look for all the good things to come down the road.


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I am happy that Stall is going to take his time. No need to rush him into a derby. IF no TC winner than a derby winner is not going to get you a HOTY. If playing his cards right , like I think Al is, He could very well have a strong HOTY contender on his hands. This could be his next Eclipse winner. Luckily, there is no Zenyatta to contend with in 2011. I would love to see this new kid on the block really take off.
He looks for real, very impressed by his win. But I'll need to see more before I say he's going to be a superstar. Happy Mr.Stall is going to take his time!
I am very happy with the decision not to rush the horse. Al Stall feels this is the best decision and I have faith in anything that Stall does.
I'm with you there, James ... A Mo-Bind matchup in the Travers sounds very interesting. Long way to go though.
Want to see him race against Mo!!
Hopefully Travers bound!! The mid-summer derby!!
You could be right Chad, but at least Blame finished his 4yo season. Keith, Big Brown was a little different in that he had a two-turn race as a juvenile. The closest comparison would be Curlin, who turned out pretty well, but as we know Curlin was very special.
So they really screwed up with Big Brown eh ? Try him two turns and see what he does , you are still letting the horse tell you.
And by longevity I assume Super Derby, Travers, JCGC, Classic, Retirement.......... great career, patients is in some cases overrated and I think this is one of them. Or is someone going to tell me that If Al Stall has the best horse in the country in September he's going to put him away and point to 2012? The only way this horse has longevity is if he doesnt live up to the hype because if he is the freak that I and many others believe, he will do his thing and go right to the breeding shed. Stay safe and happy Bind.
I am loving Bind...and the article, Brian.
Agree with decision not to play the Derby game. Stall is a talented trainer with a lot of good horses and Bind is another promising 3 YO i'm waiting to see later this summer.
I agree Rickelle ... Claire, it sounds like you are biggest fan already ;-) We all agree on Mr. Stall's ability as a trainer.
I think he is fine where he is! There's no need to rush him, especially with his pedigree the extra time will do him good. They didn't rush Blame and look what he did at 4!
LOVE that this colt is with Claiborne and Al and not some Derby fever-prone connections who would rush him into things. Makes me even more excited about his season to come. No way should he be pointed to the Derby. But he'll win the Travers if he runs there! :-)
Thank you Karen! I know exactly how you feel ...try to hang in there. What we see this summer, could be well worth the wait!
Great article Zipse!!!! It is hard to be patient..........sigh......


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