defections of The Factor and J P’s Gusto on Tuesday paved the way for
Shackleford and Twinspired to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
was on the upswing and had won two straight before getting dusted in the
Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2). The Florida Derby (G1) was his breakout race as the
Dale Romans trainee set a fast pace and was caught in the final strides by Dialed In. The speedy
son of Forestry gets his stamina from dam sire Unbridled and looms a pace
factor at the very least on the first Saturday in May.
arguably ran the best race in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1). The synthetic
specialist was the only horse near the lead to be around at the finish in
Keeneland’s showcase. He never fired in his only conventional dirt start at Remington Park late last year so it remains to be
seen how he will handle the Churchill Downs oval.