Horse Racing Nation Unveils Kentucky Derby 2015 Contender Rankings
Summer racing at Saratoga and Del Mar is just around the corner. Both meets highlight the juvenile races as this year’s crop of two year olds take their first steps towards the Breeders’ Cup and ultimately, next year’s Triple Crown. The very early precocious types already have a start or two under their girth and a couple own stakes wins. Join Horse Racing Nation as we unveil the 2015 Kentucky Derby Contenders and the 2015 Kentucky Oaks Fillies.
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This year’s crop of two year olds is very promising. Full and half siblings to Curlin, Stardom Bound, Emollient, Royal Delta, Super Saver, Shackleford, plus the highly anticipated sons of superstar Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra are all part of the class of 2014.
Not only are Rachel Alexandra’s son Jess’s Dream and Zenyatta’s son Cozmic One currently in training, Zenyatta’s nemesis Blame is one of a group of well-accomplished Freshmen Sires whose babies will be featured in coming months. Other Freshmen Sires include Champions Lookin at Lucky, Midshipman, Summer Bird, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and the shuttling Australian stallion All American.
Track record setter Quality Road has already sired a stakes winner, Hootenanny. They bay colt, out of a Hennessy mare, won his debut at first asking at Keeneland in April. After finishing third over a sloppy track in the Rollicking Stakes on Preakness day, the Wesley Ward trainee targeted the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. Hootenanny led for most of the five furlongs, then powered home a 3 ½ length winner.
The pretty gray Governmentshutdown, a gelded son of Exchange Rate, showed maturity in only his third start in the Rollicking Stakes. The John Robb trainee was checked and had to steady before sweeping by them three wide to win the five furlong race by 3 ¾ lengths.
Meanwhile, Fashion Alert, a half-sister to Santa Ynez Stakes (G-2) winner Rene’s Titan, skipped the maiden races and went straight for the blacktype. The daughter of Old Fashioned made all of the pace in the Astoria Stakes. Although the Pletcher trained miss raced greenly, Fashion Alert made short work of her opponents in the 5 ½ furlong race, winning by 4 ¾ lengths. Watch for this quality filly at Saratoga.
This weekend offers an opportunity to see more babies in action. Today at Belmont, the Tremont Stakes features Shrewd Move, the spectacular 18 length maiden winner. Tomorrow, six fillies will contest this year’s edition of the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs. Sunday at Santa Anita, Homer Matt, a son of Freshman Sire Majesticperfection, faces six rivals in the Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes, including the highly regarded Wake Up Nick, a 9 ¼ debut winner. Homer Matt is a half-brother to Canadian Champion Two Year Old Fillies Biofuel and Tu Endie Wei.
Well-bred maidens making their debuts can often reward their backers with double-digit payouts. Throughout the summer, I’ll seek out the best and brightest of this next generation on the new Horse Racing Nation feature, “The Kiddie List. The Kiddie List will cover the best workers and blue bloods breezing four furlongs and farther. I’ll spotlight the major tracks and occasionally the places such as Fair Hill training center. Due to the enormous number of juveniles, some of these names may show up only once or twice.
Shrewd Move Midshipman Curlin Hootenanny Summer Bird Zenyatta All American Jess's Dream Quality Road Homer Matt Cozmic One Lookin At Lucky Fashion Alert Governmentshutdown Blame Rachel Alexandra Wake Up Nick Wesley A. Ward Peter Miller Todd A. Pletcher Rollicking Stakes Astoria Tremont Debutante Stakes Rollicking Stakes (2014) Astoria (2014) Tremont (2014)