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American Lion, Endorsement on Comeback Trail

Endorsement wins the 2010 Sunland Derby
Racing fans may remember the names of American Lion and Endorsement. Both WinStar Farm colts were major players on the road to the 2010 Kentucky Derby. The former finished 11th on the first Saturday in May last year and has not been seen since. The latter was injured after winning the 2010 Sunland Derby and never got a chance to shine under the Twin Spires. I am happy to report that both have returned to the worktab.

American Lion won the G3 Hollywood Prevue as a juvenile and captured the G3 Illinois Derby prior to his off the board finish in the Kentucky Derby. He returned to training in May of this year and was last seen working six furlongs in 1:14 at Hollywood Park on June 23. He drilled a five furlong bullet earlier this month.

Endorsement had his first work back on June 21. He breezed three furlongs in :38 at Keeneland. 

The handicap division could use a much needed shot in the arm and here is hoping that both of the WinStar colts make it all the way back to the top.

2010 Derby runners Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, and some others may be retired but many horses from the 2010 Derby class are still in training.

Ice Box struggled in four starts after landing the place in the Derby and has not run since last October. He is currently training at Saratoga and breezed an easy 4f in :50 on June 17.

Paddy O'Prado was a surprise show finisher in the Derby and turned out to be a turf star later that year. He made a successful return in the G2 Dixie at Pimlico but was injured in that race and subsequently retired.

Make Music For Me, 4th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, was last seen finishing 7th in the Godolphin Mile. He uncorked a 6f turf bullet in 1:12.20 at Hollywood Park on June 19.

Derby 5th Noble's Promise captured the G3 Aristides at Churchill Downs on June 4. He breezed 4f under the Twin Spires on June 20 and is expected to make his next start in Calder's G2 Smile Sprint on July 9.

7th place Derby finisher Dublin was entered in the June 24 Kelly's Landing at Churchill but scratched and will look for an easier comeback spot. He breezed 5f in 1:00.20 at Churchill Downs on June 19.   

Stately Victor, 8th in Derby 136, has been struggling on the turf recently. He has been in steady training at Churchill and would probably enjoy a return to synthetic footing.

Derby 9th Mission Impazible is one of the top handicap horses in the country this year. He exits a near miss in the G1 Stephen Foster and captured the G2 New Orleans 'Cap at Fair Grounds in March.

Unfortunately, 10th place Derby finisher Devil May Care recently lost her valliant battle with cancer and will be missed.

Derby 12th Jackson Bend is back in Florida under the care of original trainer Stanley Gold and has placed in a couple of stakes races this year.

Dean's Kitten, 14th in the 2010 Ky Derby, won the Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star on May 30 and has worked twice in Kentucky since.

Derby 15th Homeboykris is currently running in the optional claiming ranks at Arlington Park and finished 2nd on June 11. He is now conditioned by Tammy Domenosky.

Sidney's Candy finished a disappointing 17th in Derby 136 but has had some success since. He smartly captured the grassy G2 La Jolla at Del Mar last summer and the G3 Sir Beaufort at Santa Anita over the winter. He exits a pair of graded placings and was recently purchased by WinStar Farm. Todd Pletcher is his new trainer and the Aug 6 Whitney at Saratoga is a possible target.

Derby 19th Awesome Act has sputtered in two comeback starts for Steve Asmussen. He continues to train at Churchill Downs and needs a wake up call.

Finally, 2010 Derby caboose Backtalk wisely turned back in distance for Tom Amoss and has hit the board in his last five starts. He has not been seen since landing the place in the Duncan F Kenner Stakes at Fair Grounds in March. 


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Older Comments about American Lion, Endorsement on Comeback Trail...

I was fond of American Lion and Endorsement last year. American Lion has worked six times and is up to 6f so he should be running soon.
I think I'm most excited about seeing Dublin and Ice Box coming back. Noble's Promise looks great so far this year!
Interesting info here ... Noble's Promise could be the sprint champ this year.

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