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2014 Kentucky Derby: Commanding Curve In

Lost one, gained one.  That was the morning for West Point Thoroughbreds ownership group regarding Kentucky Derby 2014.

Trainer Graham Motion reported that Ring Weekend had spiked a fever and would not start in Kentucky Derby 140, thus opening up a spot for Commanding Curve, trained by Dallas Stewart.  Both horses are owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, although there are different ownership groups with each horse. 

Commanding Curve

Only one year ago, Stewart found himself in this position with Golden Soul.  The late runner was a late edition to the Derby field, and ended up running second as one of the longest shots in the race.

 

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Video of him this morning: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g3hDPl_Uhfc&sns=tw
LOVE HIM !!!!!!
dont let the retracted one ball thing get you either i believe when the gate opens saturday will see a full set of balls
he ran down a lot of horses and really dont let the 3rd place finish fool you he was putting them better than the 1st or 2nd place horses at the end of that race
destined to suprise i like the Big horse endurance factor and the last minute change to get into the derby
A piece I wrote on jockey Shaun Bridgmohan who will be a part of this year's Kentucky Derby....http://fiveminutestopost.blogspot.com/2014/04/shaun-bridgmohan-jockeys-journey-to.html …
...add him to the $20 show bets...
...add him to the $20 show bets...
Still it will be CC they evrybody will be trying to run down in the stretch of the KD but I have had my eye on this horse for awhile. He almost didn't make the field with a 3rd place finish last out but he made it. he was cutoff and 10th at the start of the last race and had a lot of ground to makeup which he did weaving through traffic. He was blocked coming around the last turn and had to wait to get through finally having to settle for 3rd. He's better than what people think but can he win the KD. Probably not, but can he hit the board! Absoulutely. He has been in the money at Churchill 100% of the time with a 2nd 3rd and broke his maiden there with a win. If you through him totally out of your wagers for minor awards I think will be a mistake.He likes Churchill Downs and his record proves that. Others may not!
Liked the way the connections sent him to Fair Grounds, after him having broke his maiden on last day at Churchill(win over the track!!!). Worked him out regularly for two months before he ran in the Risen Star. Came from the back and weaved through 14-horse field to only get sixth. Ran him back in the Louisiana Derby, where he was bumped at the start, and then came on to finish third. Trainer trying to duplicate what he almost pulled off last year. And yes, if you're coming from the back of the pack, you have to pass tiring horses. Otherwise, you stay in the back of the pack, if they don't tire up front.
Golden Soul would be no Golden Soul this year. He's a mudder, should be dry... I won't guarantee Curve, but I won't toss him.
I had Golden Soul last year. Let me tell you, Commanding Curve is no Golden Soul. He'll pass tired horses, but won't finish in the top 4.
I caught him at Saratoga, training on Oklahoma Training Track in July, talked with Terry and Dallas about him - they were hopeful. I remember Dallas saying, "just want to have them make it to the track, then we'll find out what we've got."
That makes two live long shots between him and ROC
he belongs in there and could easily be a factor at a price. He comes off of a similar race to that of wicked strongs better than it looked race before his breakout. So he is intriguing.
https://mobile.twitter.com/jefflifson/status/460358152199094272/photo/1
Sad for the connection of Ring Weekend, but he never belonged in this field. Glad to see a horse as nice as this get a second chance. Depending on draw, he could move into my top 5.

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