AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10

The descriptions include possible next start for each horse and their grades stakes earnings with rank.  Currently $110,330 is required to make the top 20 of graded stakes earnings.

1) Union Rags – He was the best two year-old in 2011, and he has been training steadily for his return to the races. Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 26 and $830,000 (2)

2) Algorithms – His win in the Holy Bull (G3) was fast and impressive and earned a 98 BSF and as a math teacher I love the name.  Algorithm means “set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations”. $240,000 (9)

3) Hansen – I will give the champion two year-old and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner another chance after his second place finish in the Holy Bull.  Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 26 and $1,160,000 (1)

4) El Padrino – He earned a 100 BSF in his allowance win at Gulfstream. This Pletcher runner will have no trouble getting the Derby distance. $0

5) Out of Bounds – The winner of the Sham (G3) got an impressive 99 BSF in his second start. San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10 and $60,000 (37)

6) Liaison – This Baffert trainee had two great wins as a juvenile in the Cash Call (G1) and the Real Quiet.  Robert Lewis (G2) Feb. 4 and $375,000 (6)

7) Discreet Dancer – Another talented Pletcher trainee that has won both of his starts and impressed in his Jan. 7th allowance at Gulfstream. $0

8) Alpha – Let’s see how this one does in the Withers (G3) this weekend. Can he continue to improve off of his 85 BSF in the Count Fleet?  Withers Stake (G3) Feb. 4 and $60,000 (37)

9) Shared Property – Ran a pretty good race in the LeComte (G3) considering the outside post and wide trip.  He will need to do better in his next start. Risen Star (G2) Feb. 25 and $73,700 (32)

10) Ever So Lucky – I love the Sheppard/Leparoux connections. This Indian Charlie colt fired a sharp workout recently. Hutcheson Stakes (G2) Feb. 11 and $30,000

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About andyscoggin

Matt Shifman, the man behind AndyScoggin, is a featured blogger covering NYRA and Monmouth Park for HorseRacingNation.com. "Racing at the Jersey Shore" covers the racing scene at Monmouth Park and "A New York State of Racing" will discuss NYRA. Matt votes for the Top 10 Thoroughbreds in the NTRA Polls at www.NTRA/polls.
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