GLEN TODD’S DERBY TOP TEN
As we get closer to the first Saturday in May and the run for the roses as usual we start to see Derby hopefuls falling to the sidelines. I just can’t imagine how disappointing it must be to have a horse on the Derby Trail and receive that dreadful phone call from your trainer telling you we are off the Derby Trail.
Yet it happens every year. I can only to well remember my late father and I standing at the rail of the of the 1962 Longacres Mile watching the post parade. John Longden was the rider of the eventual winner Harpie who had shipped in from California. Bandages on all 4 legs I asked my father I wonder how sound Harpie is? “He replied my son these horse are made out of glass and break easy” . I have never forgotten those words and how true it is.
Since our last posting of our Top Ten two notable horses have been removed from the Derby Trail.
The Bob Baffert trained Mourinho, winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park, sustained a broken sesamoid during a workout at Santa Anita Park the morning of March 12 and was euthanized.
Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes winner Avery Island has been sidelined after emerging lame from a workout.
After last weekends races I have moved several horses off my list after some poor performances and moved some horses upwards or from my also eligible list to my top 10.
I’m sticking with Bolt d’ Oro as my first pick after that grueling stretch drive with McKiniize. He had been off since the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Hopefully he will improve off that race or he could go the other way after that great race. You just don’t know how much that race might of taken out of him?
1: BOLT d’ORO – MIKE RUIS
2: MCKINIZE – BOB BAFFERT
3: AUDIBLE – TODD PLETCHER
4: SOLOMINI – BOB BAFFERT
5: CATHOLIC BOY – JONATHAN THOMAS
6: JUSTIFY – BOB BAFFERT
7: GOOD MAGIC – CHAD BROWN
8: ENTICED – KARIN McLAUGHLIN
9: TENFOLD – STEVE ASMUSSEN
10: PROMISES FULFILLED – DALE ROMANS
MENDELSSOHN – ADIAN O’BRIEN
INSTILLRF REGRD – JERRY HOLLENDORFER
FLAMEAWAY – MARK CASSE