Race 5 – #5 Cezanne
We gave you guys this Curlin colt a few weeks back and she looked the part. We told you that even though he had never raced, he still may be the best horse in the Bob Baffert barn and could still be on the Kentucky Derby path. Today, we find out if he is worth an early wager in the Kentucky Derby futures as he runs in a $40K Allowance Optional Claimer. This horse really looks the part folks. In his last race, he simply sat off the leader until the top of the stretch, and when jockey Flavien Prat asked him to run, he showed why they payed $3.65 million dollars for this horse. He is a big horse and what most people won’t consider is the fact that in his debut, he had to go between horses to take the lead, something that is very difficult to teach a young horse, or one that hasn’t run often. This horse could really turn into something special and that is the belief of most trainers that have seen him work. Chalk up another win, even though you won’t get much for him in way of price.
Race 6 – #7 Creed
Another horse that could show up in a triple crown race this year is Creed. This 3-year old cold has ran 2 times in his career, coming 2nd in his debut then winning and breaking his maiden last time out for Claude McGaughey. The connections really seem to be high on this horse, as they paid $650K for him as a Yearling and expect big things. The horse is bred out of Honor Code, who has turned out the likes of Honor A.P (winner of the Santa Anita Derby) and Max Player (ran 3rd at Belmont). What we really like about this horse is the fact that when they asked him for a bit more last time out, he gave it. He was sitting 5th at the top of the far turn and came on like a freight train to run down and take the lead over the other 3-4 horses at the top of the stretch. It really wasn’t any competition for him, as he made it look easy. If that same horse shows up today, it won’t be any concern as this horse will win by 4-5 lengths.
Race 8 – Mount Vernon Stakes – #2 Fetching
In the Mount Vernon Stakes, there will be plenty of money on the Chad Brown horses however we are going to look past them and side with Mark Casse and #2 Fetching. This horse came off a 7 month layoff last time out and showed nothing but confidence as she pulled away down the stretch in what was legitimately a 2-horse race. Casse used that one as a warm up for this Stakes race and we see no reason why this filly can’t take control at the top of the stretch here and get the win. Play #2 Fetching in the Mount Vernon Stakes.
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