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Kentucky Derby 2012 Contenders - Gemologist makes the grade

The road to Kentucky Derby 2012 was in full swing last weekend with a pair of graded routes. Super Saver won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs before capturing the run for the roses the next season, and WinStar Farm/Todd Pletcher hope that lightning strikes twice with Gemologist.

The undefeated son of Tiznow tagged inexperienced early runner Ever So Lucky to capture the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes by 1-3/4 lengths with Timely Tally rallying to finish an unlucky 3rd. The BSF came back a respectable 85 and the top three all have a case of Derby fever.
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IMO- the distance in the Remsen is the key. Stretching out and winning develops the bottom at a mile & an eighth as a 2YO. That helps in the campaign to get the mile & a quarter distance - on the first Saturday in May.
Carry Back too, Dmascus was no slouch either
Not true DeadHeat. Thunder Gulch, Go For Gin, and Northern Dancer all won the Remsen and then won the Kentucky Derby. Otherwise, I agree with you.
railbird, how do you get that the remsen winners are serious Derby horses? Going back to Saarland there is only one horse who won the race to run in the top three of the Derby, and none have won it. Five never made it to the starting gate and the other four didn't even come close to finishing in the trifecta.
History says you should "pitch" the BC Juvy champ (sorry, Hansen lovers) The Remsen winners are serious derby horses, so O'Prado Again will be in the hunt- foresure.
LONNNNNNGGGGG way to go still.
Algorithms ! This IS the horse to beat!

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