Historically, the Delta Jackpot winners haven't continued on to successful careers at the top level. Exceptions are Closing Argument (2004) finished second in the KY Derby, Big Drama (miler) and Goldencents (sprinter). Special mention to the aways trying Mr. Z. Since the inception of the race, 35 of the 38 Delta Jackpot top three have not won past 1 1/6 miles.
was life and death to stagger home in one of the slowest times ever for
the Jackpot. With Vidication as his damsire, he's iffy to get 1 1/8
miles, let alone 1 1/4 miles against top company.
is accepted that in most cases, the damsire passes along speed.
Vindication as has proven to pass speed to his offspring and that
of his daughters. Vindication has 22
stakes winners. Only one of those has won past 1 1/8 miles, a runner
over the turf in Europe. As a damsire, he has 19 stakes winners. None
have won past 1 1/16 miles.
Curlin has only 5 or 6 winners at 1 3/16 miles or farther. All are out
of mares by stamina oriented stallions. Curlin has proven that when bred to a mare by a sprinter/miler sire, he gets a sprinter/miler type.
Nice article Brian.
Out of this field, Swipe has shown the most upside. This is a very weak group of 2YO colts this year. Only Swipe and Nyquist showed any consistency. Nyquist might get 1 1/8 miles. I don't see him going farther. Swipe has the best upside for improvement as a 3YO, provided both are healthy in 6 months.
I think next year's Derby winner is either a filly or flying under the radar.
Thanks for the compliments! Now, if I had only remembered to BET the race! Sigh.
Great idea, and I agree. However, that would be a very time-consuming project and unless one was being paid to produce the info, or someone with lots of free time was willing to undertake, this wouldn't be a worthwhile endeavor.
Ask the Moon has a 2013 unnamed/unraced Unbridled's Song filly, plus a 2015 Distorted Humor filly.
The photo was like that when I received it. TY for letting me know & for use of the photo.
I didn't pick the pedigrees, I just wrote about the winning horses. :-)
Thanks for the note about Rachel's filly. I'll remember it for future articles.
If you read the second paragraph...."As
we gear up for the Breeders’ Cup, I’ll highlight juvenile maidens and
review the summer’s stakes horses in a four-part series."
She isn't large in a muscular fashion (judging from photos) but she does appear leggy. Those who have seen her in person will no doubt let us know!
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