New York’s 2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders (The Juveniles)

New York’s 2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders (The Juveniles)
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

 
Welcome to the first article in the series highlighting the New York horses that are on the trail to the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Horses that are in the barn of a New York based trainer; spend part of the year at a NYRA track, most likely to be Saratoga; or have won a race at Aqueduct, Saratoga, or Belmont, will be considered as part of my NY Derby Trail coverage.

This article comes after the running of the Remsen (G2) and will look at our New York contenders as juveniles. In 2015 the list will be updated after each of the Derby prep races that are all run at Aqueduct.

 

 
 
 
Daredevil was the first horse to win 10 Road to the Kentucky Derby points in New York when he blazed to victory in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Leave the Light On was the second when he went gate to wire to take the Remsen on a racetrack that was overwhelmingly favoring horses on the lead and on the inside of the Aqueduct main track.

Last year’s Remsen turned out to have an impressive field with Honor Code, Cairo Prince, and Wicked Strong as the top three finishers. Those horses did not have an impact in the Derby, but Honor Code impressively returned to the races recently and Wicked Strong had his big win in the Jim Dandy. This year’s Remsen field will best be evaluated when some of the horses get a chance to run on a non-biased track. I am not yet going to dismiss Classy Class, Frosted, and Eh Cumpari. Those three deserve a chance to show what they can do on a surface that will allow them to run from off the pace.

At this early stage, it is not easy to rank the horses, however, here is my first list of the Top 10 New York Contenders for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

1) Carpe Diem
2) Blofeld
3) Imperia
4) Competitve Edge
5) Frosted
6) Upstart
7) El Kabeir
8) Big Trouble
9) Classy Class
10) Mawthooq

Below is the current list of New York Contenders. The first group is arranged by Road to the Kentucky Derby points and then horses, that have not earned any points, are listed alphabetically.

Carpe Diem (Giant’s Causeway)
OBSMar14 $1,600,000
3: 2-1-0 $709,800
Owner: WinStar and Stonestreet
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
2nd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – BSF 93
1st Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (G1) – BSF 91
1st MSW Saratoga – BSF 84
14 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 15-1

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy)
OBSAug13 $250,000
5: 2-1-1 $268,892
Owner: Zayat Stables
Trainer: John Terranova
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr./Calvin Borel
1st Kentucky Jockey Club – BSF 92
2nd Nashua Stakes (G2) – BSF 84
4th Champagne Stakes (G1) – BSF 74
1st MSW Saratoga – BSF 93
11 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 74-1
 
International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus)
EASSept13 $85,000
5: 2-2-0 $200,579
Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: R. Hernandez/John Velazquez
4th Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) –
9th Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – BSF 74
1st Grey (G3) – BSF 66
2nd With Anticipation (G2) TURF – BSF 75
1st MSW Saratoga TURF – BSF 73
11 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 3-5
 
Daredevil (More Than Ready)
KEESept13 $260,000
3: 2-0-0 $345,000
Owner: Lets Go Stable and WinStar
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
11th Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – BSF 57
1st Champagne Stakes (G1) – BSF 107
1st MSW Belmont Park – BSF 96
10 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 48-1

Leave the Light On (Horse Greeley)
OBSApril14 $210,000
3: 2-1-0 $285,375
Owner: Klaravick/Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
1st Remsen (G2) – BSF 90
1st MSW Belmont Park – BSF 70
10 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 3-5

Mr. Z (Malibu Moon)
FTKOct13 $135,000
7: 1-4-0 $439,726
Owner: Zayat Stables
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Paco Lopez
2nd Delta Jackpot (G2) – BSF 90
5th Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – BSF 89
2nd Breeders’ Futurity (G1) – BSF 80
2nd Saratoga Special (G2) – BSF 79
2nd Sanford (G2) – BSF 79
8 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 47-1

Upstart (Flatter)
SARAug13 $130,000
4: 2-1-1 $463,800
Owner: Ralph Evans
Trainer: Rick Violette
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) – BSF 92
2nd Champage (G1) – BSF 102
1st Funny Cide (NY) – BSF 95
1st MSW (NY) Saratoga – BSF 85
6 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 53-1

Bold Conquest (Curlin)
4: 1-2-1 $138,576
Owner: Ackerley Bros.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
3rd Breeders’ Futurity (G1)
2nd Iroquois (G3)
1st MSW Saratoga
6 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 3-5

Imperia (Medaglia d’Oro)
4: 1-2-0 $183,404
Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Robby Albarado/Javier Castellano
2nd Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) – BSF 92
10th Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – BSF 73
1st Pilgrim (G3) TURF – BSF 82
4 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 27-1

Frosted (Tapit)
4: 1-3-0 $150,600
Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
2nd Remsen (G2)
1st MSW Aqueduct – BSF 89
4 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 38-1
 
Classy Class (Discreetly Mine)
OBSMar14 $250,000
2: 1-0-0 $65,800
Owner: Cheyenne Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
4th Remsen (G2)
1st MSW Belmont Park – BSF 88
1 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 99-1

Big Trouble (Tiz Wonderful)
2: 2-0-0 $235,000
Owner: Team D
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
1st Sanford (G3)
1st MSW Belmont Park
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 3-5

Blofeld (Quality Road)
FTFMar14 $225,000
3: 3-0-0 $319,800
Owner: Glencrest Farms
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
1st Nashua (G2) – BSF 93
1st Belmont Futurity Stakes (G2) – BSF 94
1st MSW Saratoga – BSF 88
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 40-1

Competitive Edge (Super Saver)
FTFMar14 $750,000
2: 2-0-0 $509,800
Owner: Favreau, Psoinos, Tabor
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
1st Hopeful (G1) – BSF 90
1st MSW Belmont Park – BSF 90
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 47-1

Eh Cumpari (Elusive Quality)
FTSAug13 $225,000
2: 1-1-0 $44,200
Owner: Anstu Stables
Trainer: Michael Dilger
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
9th Remsen (G2)
1st MSW Aqueduct – BSF 78
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 3-5

I Spent It (Super Saver)
FTFMar14 $600,000
4: 2-1-0 $345,000
Owner: Leiblong and Three Chimneys
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
6th Champagne (G1) – BSF 59
2nd Hopeful (G1) – BSF 78
1st Saratoga Special (G2) – BSF 85
1st MSW Belmont Park – BSF 75
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 99-1

Mawthooq (Distorted Humor)
KEESept13 $850,000
2: 1-1-0 $51,000
Owner: Shadwell
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
1st MSW Aqueduct
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 3-5

Meet Matt Shifman



Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently is a Senior Writer. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing

Matt has been a co-host of the popular weekly video show HorseCenter for many years.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Matt is also a partner in the New York Hot List handicapping service @NYHotList where he handicaps the races on the NYRA circuit everyday. The Hot List picks are available at several ADW sites around the country.



You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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