Cairo Prince moves up a couple of spots on my top Kentucky Derby 2014 contender list following a dominating stalk and pounce victory in Saturday’s Grade II Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.
Cairo Prince is a nose away from a perfect 4-for-4 record, and it is
good to see Kiaran McLaughlin with a viable Derby threat. He earned a
solid 95 BSF on Saturday and could show up next in the Fountain of Youth
or wait for the Florida Derby.
Finishing behind Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull were Conquest Titan, Intense Holiday, and early leader Almost Famous. Second betting choice Coup de Grace folded like a bad poker hand and is off the Derby trail.
On the Holy Bull undercard, Shug McGaughey’s promising late runner Top Billing
captured an allowance route in fine fashion and earned a 90 BSF. He is
likely to try the Fountain of Youth next, and we will see how good he is
at that time.
Also on Jan. 25, California Chrome ran away from a decent state bred field including grade one winner Tamarando
in the Cal Cup Derby. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow
CA-breds Best Pal, Cavonnier, and Free House, and make some noise on the
Derby trail and beyond. The above average Art Sherman trainee earned an
88 BSF in the Cal Cup Derby and will likely face graded rivals in the
San Felipe on March 8.