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Vyjack Moves up NY's Kentucky Derby Rankings

With the running of Saturday’s Jerome Handicap (G2) at Aqueduct the 2013 New York Derby Trail officially began. Vyjack remained unbeaten in three starts when he won the hard fought race for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. The Kentucky-bred son of Into Mischief increased his earnings to $202,200.
 
After the race Rodriguez was very happy with the effort of the gelding. “He’s very game, very game.  He showed us in the morning that he’s that way. He’s got a lot of talent.”
 
The game effort in the Jerome, in which Vyjack earned a BSF of 90, is described in detail in the Daily Racing Form chart as Vyjack and the leader Siete de Oros battled down the stretch. “Vyjack entered the stretch under encouragement appearing to trail that rival [Siete de Oros] by a sliver, battled on with vigor, with the frontrunners leaning upon each other for a brief period of time in the furlong grounds, got bumped and carried out by the runner-up in the stretch, but fought back gamely to reclaim the lead and prove best.”
 
Rodriguez talked about what’s next for Vyjack. “We’ll back off him and wait for the Gotham. He’s going to jog for a few weeks. We are very comfortable waiting for the Gotham.”
 
The trainer was being a bit cautious about the future of Pick Six Racing’s Derby prospect. “Let’s hope he’s a Derby horse, maybe it’s too early to know. We have to think big.”
 
 
Since at this point Vyjack has no Road to the Derby qualifying points, the Gotham (G3) to be run at Aqueduct on March 3, will be a critical race. The Gotham is part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series where the races carry points of 50-20-10-5 for the top four finishers. Vyjack is going to need to get a top two finish to have serious Derby aspirations.
 
Also in the Jerome, Mudflats, the recent purchase by Team Doug O’Neill, contented for the early lead and faded to finish seventh. The regally bred Darley runner, Long River ran evenly and finished fourth.

Other changes in the New York Derby Trail Top Contender list are the addition of another runner for Todd Pletcher in Verrazano, and for Kiaran McLaughlin Maleeh won at first asking at Aqueduct as I sit writing this article.
 
Shanghai Bobby (Harlan’s Holiday)
Last race – 1st Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – 1 mile 1/16th  – BSF 82
Record – 5: 5-0-0 - $1,687,000
Road to the Derby points– 20 – Rank 2
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – Rosie Napravnik
Probable next race – $400,000 Holy Bull (G3), Jan. 26, Gulfstream
 
Violence (Medaglio d’Oro)
Last race – 1st Cashcall Hollywood Futurity (G1) – 1 mile 1/16th  – BSF 92
Record – 3: 3-0-0 - $543,000
Road to the Derby points – 10 – Rank 3
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – JJ Castellano
Probable next race – $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) – Feb. 23 - Gulfstream
 
Overanalyze (Dixie Union)
Last race – 1st Remsen (G2) – 1 mile 1/8th – BSF 99
Record – 5: 3-0-1 - $343,906
Road to the Derby points – 10 – Rank 5
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – Ramon Dominguez
Probable next race – $400,000 Gotham (G3), Mar. 2, Aqueduct
 
Bern Identity (Bernstein)
Last race – 2nd Delta Jackpot (G2) – 1 mile 1/16th  
Record – 6: 3-2-1 - $616,000
Road to the Derby points – 4 – Rank 12
Trainer – Kelly Breen
Rider – Paco Lopez
Probable next race – $400,000 Holy Bull (G3), Jan. 26, Gulfstream
 
Capo Bastone (Street Boss)
Last race – 3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – 1 mile 1/16th  
Record – 4: 1-0-2 - $288,000
Road to the Derby points – 4 – Rank 14
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – Joel Rosario
Probable next race – $150,000 Hutcheson (G2), Feb. 2, Gulfstream
 
Last race – 2nd Remsen (G2) – 1 mile 1/8th – BSF 99
Record – 3: 1-0-1 - $92,240
Road to the Derby points – 4 – Rank 19
Trainer – Chad Brown
Rider – Jose Lezcano
Probable next race – Risen Star (G2) – Fair Grounds – Feb. 23
 
Fortify (Distorted Humor)
Last race – 4th Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – 1 mile 1/16th  
Record – 4: 1-1-1 - $268,000
Road to the Derby points – 3 – Rank 21
Trainer – Kiaran McLaughlin
Rider – Ramon Dominguez
Probable next race – $200,000 Withers (G3), Feb. 2, Aqueduct
 
Delhomme (Dixie Union)
Last race – 3rd Remsen (G2) – 1 mile 1/8th – BSF 96
Record – 3: 1-1-1 - $84,800
Road to the Derby points – 2 – Rank 26
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – JJ Castellano
 
Archwarrior (Arch)
Last race – 4th Champagne (G1) – 1 mile
Record – 2: 1-0-0 - $68,000
Road to the Derby points – 1 – Rank 36
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – John Velazquez
 
Vyjack (Into Mischief)
Last race – 1st Jerome (G2) – 1 mile 70 – BSF 90
Record – 3: 3-0-0 - $202,200
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Rudy Rodriguez
Rider – Cornelio Velasquez
Probable next race – $400,000 Gotham (G2), Mar. 2, Aqueduct
 
Revolutionary (War Pass)
Last race – 1st MSW – Aqueduct – 1 mile – BSF 102
Record – 4: 1-1-2 - $68,500
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – Ramon Dominguez
 
Palace Malice (Curlin)
Last race – 1st MSW – Saratoga – 6 1/2F.
Record – 2: 1-1-0 - $62,000
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – JJ Castellano
Probable next race – allowance race, February, Gulfstream
 
Long River (AP Indy)
Last race – 4th Jerome (G2) – 1 mile 70
Record – 4: 1-1-0 - $61,140
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Kiaran McLaughlin
Rider – Irad Ortiz
 
Darwin (Big Brown)
Last race – 1st MSW – Belmont – 6F. – BSF
Record – 2: 1-0-0 - $50,800
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – John Velazquez
 
Darwin was purchased by Coolmore USA in a March 2012 sale of two year-olds for $1,300,000.
 
Maleeh (Indian Charlie)
Last race – 1st MSW – Aqueduct – 6F.
Record - 1: 1-0-0 - $48,000
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Kiaran McLaughlin
Rider – Irad Ortiz
 
Maleeh is out the mare Gold Mover who earned over $1,500,000 as a multiple graded stakes winner.
 
Mudflats (Tapit)
Last race – 7th Jerome (G2) – 1 mile 70
Record - 4: 1-0-1 - $47,900
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Doug O’Neill
Rider – Junior Alvarado
 
Verrazano (More Than Ready)
Last race – 1st MSW – Gulfstream – 6 ½ F. – BSF 94
Record – 1: 1-0-0 - $31,500
Road to the Derby points – 0
Trainer – Todd Pletcher
Rider – John Velazquez
 
Verrazano is a half brother to last year’s Derby Trail star El Padrino. 

 

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Older Comments about Vyjack Moves up NY's Kentucky Derby Rankings...

marylandqq -- you may want to check the facts on that one. Mine That Bird was also a gelding when he won the Derby in 2009.
Gary, According to Rodriguez Vyjack was, and still is to some extent, a real handful to train and thus the gelding. I think that is the main reason he won his MSW at 17-1.
Has anyone noticed that Vyjack is a gelding?! (re: only gelding to win that little race on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs since Clyde Van Duesen did it in 1929 was Funny Cide in 2003).
Ah, kk -- thanks for clarifying, I should have noticed that
Sysonby, this list is for just NY based horses, thus no Uncaptured.
URR, The article is about New York Derby Trail contenders; hence, Bern came into the conversation
Uncaptured fell off the list because of concerns re foot bruise? or distance potential?
I keep reading it and all I see is a quick profile...
How did this turn to being about Bern Identity? I am confused.
That was a game race by Vyjack, but I don't think he's a Derby contenter. Of the East Coast runners, Normandy Invasion and Violence top my list.
Brian, I think that's true about Bern Identity. There so many NY horses to make their 2013 debuts, I can't wait to see how they perform.
Who did you like best?
  • BrianZipse · The subject of yesterday's blog http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/zatt/2013_Kentucky_Oaks_Contender_Princess_of_Sylmar_123 · 713 days ago
You know who I like best from yesterday, Matt ... Also, I am much more a believer in Bern Identity than you appear to be.

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