West Virginia Derby Attracts Dreamy Kid

A field of ten has been assembled for Saturday's Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Southern California invader Dreamy Kid figures to take plenty of action.

Dreamy Kid, trained by Neil Drysdale, exits a surprise head victory over subsequent Haskell winner Coil, and the improving son of Lemon Drop Kid should be finishing fast under Joe Talamo.

Coil's stablemate
Prayer For Relief will break from the rail for trainer Bob Baffert. The Iowa Derby hero projects a ground saving tactical trip under Rafael Bejarano.

Tony Dutrow sends out likely pacesetter
Dream Now, and the speedy colt has come a long way since winning a $40,000 claiming race at Laurel Park in February. He went all the way in a pair of minor stakes wins at Delaware and Monmouth and might get brave if left alone early.

   {Check out HRN Handicapper Jarrod Horak's West Virginia Derby analysis}

Iowa Derby runner-up Sherriff Cogburn deserves a look in this spot. He won both juvenile outings and has hit the board in a trio of stakes starts since returning from a lengthy layoff.

Awesome Bet got plenty of pace help in the Barabaro Stakes at Delaware Park last time and would appreciate more of the same in this spot. Alan Garcia hops aboard Steve Asmussen's late striding son of Awesome Again.

Little Drama was competitive in the Long Branch Stakes on July 9 but has yet to win beyond seven panels. He reunites with winning pilot Carmouche and figures to sit a stalk and pounce trip.

Invading from Kentucky is Paul McGee's developing colt
Infrattini. The late runner was last seen rallying for the place in the Matt Winn but the 1-3 finishers came back to disappoint in the Jim Dandy and Haskell last weekend.

Loranger Native is a consistent Louisiana-bred gelding exiting back-to-back underneath finishes against open stakes company at Charles Town.

The nine furlong Mountaineer showcase also includes
Skipping The Score and Fred High.


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One additional comment regarding Sherriff Cogburn. I believe the the trainer instructed the Jockey at the end of the race to "nurse" a 2 year old shin injury on the colt. I don't "Sherriff" was fully extended at the end of Iowa derby
  • MichaelPavelick · Once again watch the betting pools. Money mgmt. is half the game. Finding odds with legitimate contenders, and aggresively betting when your getting value. Sherriff is a legit contender who may be fully sound for the 1st time in his 2011 season. He'll have his worked cut out for him, but good odds can be expected with him. · 2298 days ago
Go Calvin and Infrattini!
Just watched Infrattini on video in the Matt Winn S. Dangerous colt. I think he could be minor grade 2 company, and looks like a real nice grade 3 colt, not sure if hes ready for $750,000 grade 2. Slight class disadvantage. He could be a shocker, I don't completely rule him out.
It is a race full of talent, more big guns than expected. Infrattini! We are hoping that the Racing Gods smile upon him.
Dreamy Kid is the exciting type. He drilled a 1/2 mile bullet, 4 days before the Swaps. He has legitimate speed. His trainer has purposely developed him to make a sustained run from the back of the pack. So I'm convinced the trainer's ideal world would have been for Dreamy Kid to have a clear 1/4 mile path.
I think your right about him wanting him to go wide as he almost got stuck in traffic.
It will be interesting to see if Dreamy Kid is purposely took wide in the race at the quarter pole. The Jockey defended his choice to squeeze through the traffic, and save ground to give the horse the "pop" at the end of the race. But I also feel the trainer REALLY wanted Dreamy Kid to have a full sustained run for a 1/4 mile. I'm sure the trainer is not complaining about his Jockey winning the race. He stuck with him in this race.
Difficult for me to determine who is better? Dreamy Kid; Prayer For Relief, or Sherriff Cogburn. But as far as this article is concerned Sherriff Cogburn is so far the overlay of the 3.

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