Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: Great Power's still in the picture

December 14, 2019 12:20pm
Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: Great Power's still in the picture
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You won’t find Simon Callaghan’s name on the 2020 Kentucky Derby points standings as the calendar turns to a new year. But at least one horse, and possibly two, are giving the trainer hope that he’ll be back at Churchill Downs in May.


On Sept. 29, Callaghan unveiled the Blame colt Great Power for a 3 1/4-length debut win at Santa Anita Park, where the runner-up was Thunder Code, who appeared in a number of top maiden special weight flights through the fall.


Great Power runs in a partnership including Qatar Racing, the international group Callaghan has said is sending him horses with the purpose of taking part in the Triple Crown series.


“We think he’s that caliber.” Callaghan said. “We think he’s a good horse, and we’ll be starting him off in one of the Derby prep races for sure.”


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Callaghan would have liked to run Great Power again in 2019, but due to “a little setback,” he was shut down after the first start. The trainer expects to see him at the races again in late February or early March.


That could mean a bit of a tough ask, given that by then serious preps are running over at least 1 1/16 miles. But it also means time enough to come off the bench and run twice in hopes of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.


One of 22 individual interests in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager that closed Dec. 1, Great Power finished at 60-1.


Plans are more fluid for Schrodinger, who looked like a top 2-year-old last summer California. After his five-furlong debut at Los Alamitos, the $550,000 son of Justin Phillip went into Del Mar’s Best Pal (G2) the morning line favorite.


Schrodinger scratched the day of the race with a fever, and a soft tissue injury counted him out of any more racing this season. A scan is scheduled for Jan. 1 as a follow up.


“That will tell us where we’re at,” Callaghan said. “He’s a good horse. It was just a shame that we didn’t get to see him again after his debut, because he was working very well at Del Mar.”


Callaghan has started just one horse in the Kentucky Derby, but it was a good one, with Firing Line giving American Pharoah one of his stiffest challenges when second in the 2015 running.

 

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Back for the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail, Horse Racing Nation's Derby Radar seeks to identify promising maiden, allowance and even stakes winners who could target points-paying preps down the line. We'll cover the buzz horses, of course, then using a systematic approach based on past years' Derby contenders identify other talented colts moving up the ladder.

Did we miss one? Email editor Jonathan Lintner (jlintner@horseracingnation.com) if you know of a horse that should be on the radar.


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