Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily - Day 78
Looking for a Derby horse flying under the radar? Try these twenty colts on for size…
Albergatti (Unbridled’s Song - My Miss Storm Cat by Sea of Secrets) After a hard fought maiden loss, the grey Stonestreet runner came back with a snappy win at seven furlongs. Look for him in a stakes race next out.
Alternation (Distorted Humor - Alternate by Seattle Slew) Has not received the hype that Elite Alex, the horse he narrowly defeated at Oaklawn, has gotten, but is one of many with big potential in Monday’s Southwest Stakes.
Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux - Dalicia by Acatenango) The Team Valor charge impressed with two strong runs on synthetics at two; steadily working on the grass for his return. Distance is not a question, but a dirt surface might be.
Casper’s Touch (Touch Gold - Lizzy Cool by Saint Ballado) Impressive win under the Twin Spires ended a juvenile campaign which included a run in England. Finished 2nd recently at Gulfstream with an absolutely nightmarish trip. Bred to relish a distance.
Cassini Flight (Bernardini - Cassis by Red Ransom) The only European on the list, he rallied to win his only start on Lingfield’s all-weather surface. Jeremy Noseda trainee should do just fine on dirt.
Chico d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro - Colorado Song by Pine Bluff) His career debut, finishing 2nd to Albergatti, showed plenty of potential. Look for the well bred colt to break his maiden next out for hot trainer John Sadler.
Coil (Point Given - Eversmile by Theatrical) Distance bred from top to bottom, I loved his two sprint performances last Fall. Time is running out to return to the work tab, but if he does, he could be a real terror around two-turns.
The Fed Eased (Montbrook - Valid Invitation by Take Me Out) After chasing one of the fastest sophomores in the country, Crossbow, he came back to outclass maiden foes four weeks later. Look for him to be tough to beat in Aqueduct’s early Derby preps.
Free Entry (Tale of the Cat - Preachtothechoir by Pulpit) Was no match for Uncle Mo last Summer, but has returned this Winter with two sharp scores at Gulfstream Park. I expect him to be joining the stakes ranks very soon.
Glint (Sharp Humor - Glimmer by Deputy Minister) Very impressive winner of both starts at smaller tracks last year, is already a stakes winner, and recently returned to the work tab at Oaklawn for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
Heron Lake (Bernardini - Miss Kate by Storm Cat) LaPenta and Zito have another prospect in this regally bred first-out winner. Showed a lot of heart in earning the hard fought victory at Gulfstream Park.
Majestic Harbor (Rockport Harbor - Champagne Royale by French Deputy) After two solid rallies while sprinting last Fall at Churchill, this Paul McGee trainee looked impressive recently in his first stretch out at Fair Grounds.
Nacho Business (Rahy - Palaestra by Atticus) He ran one of the more impressive maiden races yet this year in a flat mile heat in South Florida. The runner-up that day has already come back to win in nice style.
Prime Objective (Aragorn - Primedex by Deputy Minister) Like Coil, I’m still waiting for this one to return to training. I loved what I saw in his only start, winning nicely in a maiden at Delaware for trainer Tim Ritchey.
Rattlesnake Bridge (Tapit - Prall Street by Cherokee Run) A little late in the game, but this grey colt’s debut was very strong last week at Gulfstream. The late rush to win going away was eye-catching to say the least.
Runflatout (Flatter - Slammin’ Lil by Grand Slam) I’m not sure if 10 furlongs will be this one’s cup of tea, but his coming out party last month at Santa Anita already has me believing that he will is a sure fire stakes horse in the near future.
Skylord (Sky Mesa - Skyscape by Marquetry) Todd Pletcher trainee impressed last Summer breaking his maiden at the Spa, but was not seen again in 2010. Recently returned to the work tab with a bullet work at Oaklawn Park.
Smash (Smart Strike - Dixie Holiday by Dixieland Band) Bob Baffert has always liked this well bred colt who won his only start in July. Only returned to the work tab at Santa Anita last week, so he will need to be setback free to be ready by May.
Supreme Ruler (Don’t Get Mad - Smolensk by Danzig) Much like his sire, he came from the clouds to get up late in his career debut in a mile maiden at Oaklawn. Will need to be tested for class soon.
Yankee Passion (Yankee Gentleman - Pleasant Pat by Pleasant Colony) The Larry Jones trained colt returned from a five month layoff to win a sharp optional claimer sprint at Oaklawn three weeks ago, and should get tested in Monday’s Southwest Stakes.