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Kentucky Derby 2018 Contender Pedigree Profiles

Kentucky Derby 2018
Does your pick have a 2018 Kentucky Derby win in his bloodlines? Check out these pedigree profiles to find out!

KEY:
Sire AWD
= The average winning distance of a stallion's sons and daughters.
Damsire AWD = The average winning distance for foals of a stallion's daughters.
AWD can give you a clue to how far a Derby contender can carry his speed.

GOOD MAGIC

  • Trainer: Chad Brown
  • Sire AWD: 7.5 Furlongs
  • Siblings:
  • Damsire AWD: 6.8 Furlongs
  • Good Magic
  • Good Magic pedigree
  • Good Magic is a son of Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year who ran 3rd in the 2007 Kentucky Derby in only his 4th lifetime start. He went on to win the Preakness, finished second in the Belmont and captured the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic and 2008 Dubai World Cup. He finished 4th in his final start in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic. Curlin's offspring have an average winning distance of 7.55 furlongs.
  • His damsire, Hard Spun, ran 2nd in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, one position ahead of Curlin, but then ran 3rd in the Preakness and 4th in the Belmont that year.
  • The 2nd foal from Glinda The Good, an earner of $226K, who won 4 of 11 lifetime for trainer Steve Asmussen. She ran 2nd in the Pocohantas (G3) at Churchill Downs and 6th in the Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old. At 3, she was 2nd in the Sunland Park Oaks, won the $100K Instant Racing at Oaklawn and also ran 5th in the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico. She was 3 of 4 at 8 furlongs, and 1 for 2 at 1 mile 70 yards, her longest distance win.
  • His only sibling is Goodzapper ($24K) who was 1 for 11 lifetime with a maiden special win at Mountaineer.

BOLT D'ORO

  • Trainer: Mick Ruis
  • Sire AWD: 7.6 Furlongs
  • Siblings: $230K stakes winner
  • Damsire AWD: 7.5 Furlongs
  • Bolt D'Oro
  • Bolt D'Oro pedigree profile
  • Bolt D'Oro is a son of Medaglia D'Oro, a top-class racehorse who ran 4th in the 2002 Kentucky Derby and 2nd in the Belmont Stakes. He also won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and was runner-up two years in a row in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He finished up his 17-race career with a runner-up finish in the 2004 Dubai World Cup. At stud, his fillies have so far outshined the colts on the first weekend in May. He got 2009 Oaks winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in his first crop, followed by 2011 Oaks winner, Plum Pretty. The average winning distance for Medaglia D'Oro's offspring is 7.57 Furlongs.
  • His damsire, A.P. Indy, missed the Derby due to an injury, but he won the 1992 Belmont Stakes and BC Classic. A.P. Indy is a son of 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew.
  • Bolt D'Oro is the second stakes performer from as many foals for dam Globe Trot, who found the winner's circle three times from 17 starts for trainer Dale Romans, and all of those were on synthetic surfaces. Her winning distance was 1 mile in all three victories, and she was successful up to the $40K Allowance condition, banking $83,127 in her career. Her first foal, Sonic Mule, is a listed stakes winner of over $233,000 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Sonic Mule won from 5.5 furlongs to 1 Mile. Globe Trot is a daughter of multiple G3 stakes winner, Trip, winner of the Bourbonette and Iowa Oaks at 3 and G3 Chicago Handicap at 4, with $888,000 in earnings. Trip won 11 of 28 starts from 6 furlongs to 8.5, though her stakes wins came at 7 to 8.5 furlongs.

JUSTIFY

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Sire AWD: 7 Furlongs
  • Unraced at 2, highest speed figures for a 3yo of 2018
  • Damsire AWD: 6.8 Furlongs
  • Justify
  • Copper Bullet pedigree profile
  • Sire Scat Daddy comes from a line of precocious juveniles: sire, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg and grandsire Hennessy, a multiple graded stakes winner at 6 furlongs. Scat Daddy won the Champagne stakes at 2 over one mile. At 3, Scat Daddy won the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby over 9 furlongs, though it seems that was the limit of his distance capabilities. The chart comments on both of those efforts note that he was "just up" to win the Fountain of Youth and "fully extended" in the Florida Derby. In the Kentucky Derby, Scat Daddy ran his usual pressing-style race, but had nothing left late, finishing 18th.
  • Justify's dam is Stage Magic, a daughter of 10-furlong Breeders' Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper. Stage Magic won three of her 12 starts, twice at 8 furlongs and once at 8.5 furlongs. She was graded-stakes placed at 8 furlongs, notably running third to eventual Filly & Mare Sprint champion, Groupie Doll, in the Gardenia (G3) at Ellis Park. Though this might appear to hint at stamina, the chart comments for her efforts over one mile include: "hung," "overtaken," "empty" and "weakened."
  • Stage Magic's dam, Magical Illusion (by Pulpit), won three races in a six-race career, also at distances up to 8.5 furlongs. She was stakes-placed at 1 1/4 miles in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) to champion Ashado. Her running line for that race shows that she broke in third place and held that position for the distance, not making up any real ground.

FREE DROP BILLY

  • Trainer: Dale Romans
  • Sire AWD: 7.1 Furlongs
  • Siblings: Group 1 winner in England
  • Damsire AWD: 7.31 Furlongs
  • Free Drop Billy
  • Free Drop Billy pedigree profile
  • Union Rags sired this flashy colt trained by Dale Romans. Union Rags won the 8.5-furlong Fountain of Youth en route to the Kentucky Derby in 2012, where he finished 7th. He won the Belmont Stakes five weeks later. As a sire, Union Rags has had Derby and Oaks starters in his very first crop - the fan favorite, one-eyed Patch ran 14th in the Kentucky Derby last year and 3rd in the Belmont Stakes. His speedy filly, G1 winner at 8.5 furlongs, Paradise Woods, went off the post-time favorite in the Oaks, finishing 11th behind Abel Tasman. Paradise Woods ran a big 3rd in the BC Distaff the same year. The average winning distance of his offspring is 7.1 furlongs.
  • On the damsire side, Free Drop Billy is out of a Giant's Causeway mare. Giant's Causeway ran all but one of his races on turf in Europe, where he was Champion 3-year-old and an earner of more than $3 million. He was a sensational Group 1 winner from 8.5 to 10.5 furlongs, counting the Irish Champion, Juddmonte International, and St. James's Palace stakes among his victories. He was a memorable 2nd to Tiznow in the 2000 BC Classic in his only dirt start.
  • Trensa (19 3-2-7-2, $170K), Free Drop Billy's dam, was stakes-placed in the RG Dick Memorial Stakes at 11 furlongs on turf for trainer Michael Matz. She won three races at 8.5 furlongs up to the $35K allowance, non-winners of two condition. Her first foal, by Kitten's Joy, is the Group 1 winner Hawkbill, who won the 2016 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at ~9F. Trensa's dam, Serape, was a G1 winner, taking the 7F Ballerina at Saratoga in 1992. Trensa is a half-sister to G3 winner and $400K earner, Batique (Storm Cat), who excelled on turf up to 9F.

MAGNUM MOON

  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher
  • Sire AWD: 7 Furlongs
  • Damsire AWD: 6.7 Furlongs
  • Siblings:
  • Magnum Moon
  • Mourinho pedigree profile
  • Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Magnum Moon is looking to be the second Kentucky Derby winner sired by Malibu Moon, who brought us 2013 winner Orb. Magnum Moon has a more forward running style, however, and won't need the pace meltdown Orb required.
  • Magnum Moon's dam, Dazzling Song, was un-raced, but she is out of Grade 3 winner Win McCool (13: 3-2-1-2, $219K), who is a half-sister to Arkansas Derby winner Graeme Hall (by Dehere) and Grade 1 winner Harmony Lodge (by Hennessy). There is enough class here that Magnum Moon might be enough to end the Apollo curse.

FIRENZE FIRE

  • Trainer: Jason Servis
  • Sire AWD: 6.1 Furlongs
  • Female family of Preakness winner Shackleford
  • Damsire AWD: 6.68 Furlongs
  • Firenze Fire
  • Firenze Fire pedigree profile
  • Firenze Fire is from the first crop of G1-winning sprinter Poseidon's Warrior (21 7-2-4-3, $701K). Poseidon's Warrior won at 6 furlongs in the 2012 A.G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga, defeating G1 winner Justin Phillip, Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford and Cigar Mile winner, Jersey Town. He is sired by Speightstown, champion Sprinter and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner. Posiedon's Warrior has an Average Winning Distance of 6.1 furlongs, while Speightstown's AWD is 6.4 furlongs. Firenze Fire is the first G1 winner for Poseidon's Warrior.
  • His broodmare sire is Langfuhr, a champion sprinter in Canada and G1 winner of the Forego and 1997 Met Mile in the US. As a sire, Langfuhr produced Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando and US Champion Male, Lawyer Ron.
  • Firenze Fire is the first foal of My Every Wish (2 0-2-0-0, $9,600). She is a daughter of Mille Lacs (by Unbridled), who is the dam of two winners from three starters to date, with victories at 8.5 and 7.5 furlongs in MSW competition. Mille Lacs is a full sister to Broodmare of the Year Oatsee. Oatsee is the dam of 9.5-furlong Preakness Stakes winner and Met Mile winner Shackleford and G1 Alabama winner at 10 furlongs, Lady Joanne.

ENTICED

  • Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
  • Sire AWD: 7.57 Furlongs
  • Dam is multiple G1 winner
  • Damsire AWD: 6.7 Furlongs
  • Enticed
  • Enticed pedigree profile
  • Bolt D'Oro is not the only G1-winning son of Medaglia D'Oro on the Derby trail in 2018. His Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner, Enticed, has potential.
  • Damsire Mineshaft was Horse of the Year & Champion Older Male in 2003 after taking 4 G1s and earning more than $2 Million. A son of A. P. Indy, Mineshaft has continued that sire line with G1 winners Effinex (Clark Handicap) and Weep No More (Ashland). In the Derby, Mineshaft's son Nehro ran second to Animal Kingdom in 2011, and Dialed In was 8th the same year. Fly Down was 2nd in the 2010 Belmont Stakes and Travers.
  • Enticed is the first foal of multiple G1 winner, It's Tricky (14 8-4-1-1, $1.6M). At 3, It's Tricky defeated two-time Champion Royal Delta and Oaks winner Plum Pretty in the G1 CCAOaks over 9 furlongs. She defeated top sprinter Turbulent Descent in the G1 Acorn over 8 furlongs. She ran 2nd two years in a row to Royal Delta in the BC Distaff. It's Tricky is a daughter of Catboat (23 6-4-6-2, $221K), G3 winner at 9 furlongs.

SOLOMINI

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Sire AWD: 7.54 Furlongs
  • Dam is half-sister to dam of G1 winner Frosted
  • Damsire AWD: 6.92 Furlongs
  • Solomini
  • Solomini pedigree profile
  • Solomini is sired by Curlin, 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Dubai World Cup winner, and one-time leading earner in America. Curlin has sired Belmont Stakes winner, Palace Malice.
  • His damsire is Storm Cat, the leading sire of 1999 and 2000, and seven-time leading juvenile sire. Storm Cat himself was a top juvenile, finishing 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Storm Cat had no Derby winners as a sire, but Tabasco Cat won the 1994 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Cat Thief ran 3rd in 1999 before winning the BC Classic, and Bluegrass Cat finished second to Barbaro in 2006.
  • Solomini's dam, Surf Song, was unraced. She is the dam of seven named foals, four of whom have won at least one race. Solomini is her highest earner to date. Surf Song is a daughter of stakes-winning mare Fleet Lady, who won the La Canada at 9 furlongs and the Fleet Treat stakes at 6 furlongs during a career where she won 10 of 23 starts and over $630K. Fleet Lady is also a stakes-producing mare: her first foal was Fast Cookie (by Deputy Minister), winner of the 9 furlong Cotillion and dam of Frosted, Millionaire and G1 Met Mile winner. Fleet Lady also produced BC Juvenile winner and Eclipse champion, Midshipman (by Unbridled's Song).

PROMISES FULFILLED

  • Trainer: Dale Romans
  • Sire AWD: 6.5 Furlongs
  • Siblings:
  • Damsire AWD: 6.8 Furlongs
  • Promises Fulfilled
  • Principe Guilherme pedigree profile
  • Sire Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness Stakes winner who also won the Grade 1 Met Mile and Grade 1 Clark Handicap, was a gutsy runner who did his best work on the lead, a dangerous place to be in Classic races. He finished 4th after doing all the dirty work in the 2011 Kentucky Derby and turned the tables on Animal Kingdom two weeks later to win the 9.5-furlong Preakness in a driving finish. So far, Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Promises Fulfilled has inherited his sire's need for the lead as well as his chestnut coat color. Shackleford is a young sire, with only 130 runners averaging a winning distance of 6.5 furlongs. This has more to do with opportunity rather than proficiency, as there are simply more sprints in which younger horses to compete. Promises Fulfilled is similar in style and build to Malagacy, winner of the 2017 Rebel stakes, but Promises Fulfilled has a much better female family.
  • His dam, Marquee Delivery (23: 5-8-2, $264,901 in earnings) won three times at 8 furlongs and longer and was stakes placed at 8.5 furlongs. As a broodmare, she has produced two stakes-performing fillies, Marquee Miss (by Cowboy Cal), who was on the Kentucky Oaks trail in 2016, with wins in Oaklawn's Dixie Belle (6 furlongs) and Martha Washington (8 furlongs). Marquee Cal Gal (by Cowboy Cal) has won more than $249,000 over a 30-race career and is stakes-placed at a mile. These fillies have excelled on synthetic surfaces. Marquee Delivery's dam, Fast Delivery (23: 7-3-8, $263,835 earned), was a stakes winner at 8.5 furlongs.

QUIP

  • Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
  • Sire AWD: 6.6 Furlongs

  • Damsire AWD: 7 Furlongs
  • Quip
  • Tiz Mischief pedigree profile
  • Though sire Distorted Humor has produced Kentucky Derby and Preakness (Funny Cide), as well as Belmont Stakes (Drosselmeyer) winners in his stallion career, Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Quip's broodmare side is pretty short on stamina.
  • His dam, Princess Ash (by Indian Charlie), won one start at 6 furlongs in a 7-start career. Damsire Indian Charlie tops out at 6.5 furlongs in average winning distance. Princess Ash is a half-sister to Normandy Invasion (by Tapit) who, while he showed flashes of brilliance, placing in the Grade Wood Memorial and 4th in the Kentucky Derby, just couldn't win a stakes at any distance. Quip may be among the pace setters on Derby day, but I don't see him staying at the front during the stretch drive.


Pedigree research by Candice C. Curtis (@skipaway2000)
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