Preakness Prepping - Thinking Outside the (Band)Box

March 20, 2011 10:01am
Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 48

He’s never been an A-Lister. He wasn’t bred in Kentucky’s bluegrass, purchased for big money, or sent to one of our sport’s name trainers. He’s not even being pointed for this year’s Kentucky Derby, nonetheless Bandbox has become one of my favorite three-year-old colts in the nation. Yesterday at Laurel Park, his big talent was on display as he returned to winning ways with a stylish victory.

Under confident handling, the Hillwood Stable owned sophomore Bandbox cruised to victory in the $75,000 Private Terms Stakes. Sent to post as a heavy favorite under local star, Travis Dunkelberger, Bandbox stalked talented speedster Rush Now to the top of the lane before reeling him in and pulling away to win by 1 ½ lengths in 1:37.25 for the flat mile. Rush Now finished second and was well clear of the rest in the six horse field. The winner, a grey colt by Tapit out of the Grand Slam mare Empty the Bases, paid $3.40 for the win.

Trained by Rodney Jenkins, Bandbox began his career with three strong wins last year, including impressive scores in the Charles Town Juvenile and Sleepy Hollow Stakes.  In his fourth start, the talented New York bred could not match strides with To Honor and Serve and Mucho Macho Man in the Remsen, but was compromised by a horrible trip that day. He returned this year in the seven furlong Miracle Wood Stakes three weeks ago, only to lose a thrilling stretch battle to J J's Lucky Train. Bandbox, who is nominated to the Triple Crown, has now won 4 of 6 lifetime, including 3 stakes victories.

In opposition to so many that seem to go a little crazy this time of year, I applaud his connections for not contracting Derby fever. They plan on showing a little patience with their stable star. “He definitely won’t go the Derby unless Ms. (Ellen) Charles insists and I know she won’t,” said Jenkins. While the Derby may not be in the mix, the second leg of the triple crown is under serious consideration.

“She’s the best owner in the whole world. It’s great for her to have a horse like this. We’re not going to rule the Preakness out. The horse is doing good. We might give it a shot. We don’t know where we’re going next. I’ll discuss it with her.”

If he does head to Pimlico, for the middle jewel of the triple crown, he would try to emulate local longshots like Oliver Twist and Magic Weisner who both turned in huge performances in the Preakness to narrowly miss winning the classic race. Or who knows, maybe Bandbox will do them one better. Crazier things have happened.

[I say Bandbox is better than his current #54 ranking on HRN's 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders list, what do you think???]

Photo courtesy of Adam Coglianese/NYRA

 



 

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Older Comments about Preakness Prepping - Thinking Outside the (Band)Box...

I love Bandbox but I missed his race this weekend because of work. I would love to see him head to the Preakness. Tapit is absolutely on fire this year.
What a sire, eh Connie?
Any son of Tapit's is a friend of mine. Good to know Brian.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing show, HorseCenter and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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