Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: No Parole dazzles, on the trail

February 08, 2020 07:29pm
Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: No Parole dazzles, on the trail
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No Parole, a Louisiana-bred winner of two Fair Grounds starts by a combined 27 1/2 lengths, again outclassed his competition Saturday in Delta Downs’ $100,000 Premier Night Prince.

The victory answered one big question for trainer Tom Amoss: Yes, this son of Violence can thrive around two turns.

Next, it's time to pose another as the Maggi Moss-owned colt tests open company on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail.

"I think we have to try one of the Triple Crown preps," Amoss said. "He earned it tonight and showed what a good horse he is."

Under jockey James Graham, No Parole shot from the gate, positioned in Delta Downs’ front stretch chute, and led the first time by the wire. Fractions clicked up in 23.92 and 49.39 to open proceedings, at which point No Parole led by about a length and a half.

The margin grew into the turn once his closest pursuer, Outofmybind, dropped out of the running. No Parole was well in front down the lane when Graham shook the reins and he responded with a turn of foot to quicken -- another test.

"He relaxed well and finished really fast," Graham said. "...He's very explosive -- very willing to do anything you want to do. He's great to ride, and thanks to Tom. He's getting me on him for a while anyway."

The final time for a mile was 1:39.93 with No Parole, off at 1-9, a 6 1/2-length winner. 
On his way back, Graham told Amoss he doesn't know how good this horse really is.

"Everything he does is effortless," Amoss said. "That's how he's prepared. Even before we first ran him, we knew we had something special. Nothing against the Louisiana-bred program -- we love it -- but I told Maggi about three weeks before we ran him that this isn't just a good Louisiana-bred; this is a very good horse."

A $75,000 Keeneland yearling, No Parole broke his maiden on Dec. 15 and defeated winners in allowance company on Jan. 11 to set himself up for this stakes debut.

Amoss said he'll discuss with Moss in the coming days where No Parole will point next.


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About the Derby Radar

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.

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