Recent AndyScoggin Links

I have a multi-generation collection of Kentucky Derby glasses. On HorseRacingNation.com we had an interesting discussion about those collectibles.  Collecting_Derby_Memories

 

I had a great day at Belmont Park where I got to see To Honor and Serve begin his 2012 campaign with an impressive win in the Westchester.  To Honor and Serve is part of Bill Mott’s powerful stable that also includes Royal Delta, Ron The Greek, and Flat Out. The_Powerful_Bill_Mott_Stable_123

 

Please be sure to check out  my votes in the NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Polls.  There is a poll for the older horses and the three year-olds. ntra.com polls

 

Have you been involved in the Road to the Roses Fantasy Leagues on KentuckyDerby.com?  It has been great fun and I have a chance to win my league.  Road_to_the_Roses_Fantasy_League

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.10)

As of Sunday, April 15th, there are only 20 days until the First Saturday in May!

The descriptions include each horse’s last start (with a YouTube link if available) and possible next start for each horse and a career summary of starts with results, total earnings and graded stake earnings with the rank amongst Derby contenders.  You will also find the closing odds from all three of the Kentucky Derby Future pools.  According to www.HorseRacingNation.com $260,0000 is currently required to make the top 20 of graded earnings.

1) Bodemeister Last week ranked 8.

  • Career – 4:2-2-0 $704,800 (11th $660,000)
  • Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Arkansas Derby (G1) – April 14, 2012 – BSF 108
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLPDQnVY7Mg
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

2) I’ll Have Another – Last week ranked 2.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-0 $634,000 (12th $601,000)
  • Doug O’Neill/M. Gutierrez
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 21-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7, 2012 – BSF 94
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS6KDCvl_tg
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

3) Dullahan – Last week unranked.

  • Career – 8: 2-2-0 $872,091 (4th $855,000).
  • Dale Romans/Kent Desormeaux
  • 40-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 26-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 23-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Blue Grass (G1) – April 14, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FinNLMHh_f8
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

4) Creative Cause – Last week ranked 2.

  • Career – 6: 3-2-1 $851,000 (5th $836,000).
  • Mike Harrington/Joel Rosario
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 8-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Santa Anita Derby (G1) Apr. 7, 2012 – BSF 94
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS6KDCvl_tg
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

5) Gemologist – Last week ranked 4.

  • Career – 5:5-0-0 $745,855 (7th $703,855)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 23-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 12-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyKtIRZG6k
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

Here is my Wood Memorial final from Horse Racing Nation:

http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/After_the_Wood_Memorial_the_Derby_Picture_Just_Got_Clearer_123

6) Union Rags – Last week ranked 6.

  • Career – 6:4-1-1 $1,198,800 (3rd $1,170,000)
  • Michael Matz/Julien Leparoux
  • 7-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 4-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 9-2 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 3rd GP Florida Derby (G1) Mar. 31, 2012 – BSF 93
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwtPBb6bcxo&feature=relmfu
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

7) Hansen – Last week ranked 1.

  • Career – 5: 4-1-0 $1,473,305 (1st $1,550,000).
  • Michael Maker/Ramon Dominguez
  • 26-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 9-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 8-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Blue Grass (G1) – April 14, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FinNLMHh_f8
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

8) Daddy Long Legs – Last week ranked 5.

  • Career – 5: 3-0-0 $1,308,909 (2nd $1,294,030).
  • Aidan O’Brien/C. O’Donoghue
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st UAE Derby (G2) Mar. 31, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm9EP11oNlI
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

9) Alpha – Last week ranked 9.

  • Career – 6: 3-2-0 $500,000 (15th $380,000).
  • Kiaran McLaughlin/Ramon Dominguez
  • 19-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 18-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 21-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyKtIRZG6k
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

Here is my Wood Memorial final from Horse Racing Nation:

http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/After_the_Wood_Memorial_the_Derby_Picture_Just_Got_Clearer_123

10) Take Charge Indy– Last week ranked 10.

  • Career – 6: 2-2-0 $721,000 (9th $698,400).
  • Patrick Bryne/Calvin Borel
  • 42-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 38-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 15-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Florida Derby (G1) Mar. 31, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwtPBb6bcxo&feature=relmfu
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.
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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.9)

The descriptions include each horse’s last start (with a YouTube link if available) and possible next start for each horse and a career summary of starts with results, total earnings and graded stake earnings with the rank amongst Derby contenders.  You will also find the closing odds from all three of the Kentucky Derby Future pools.  According to www.HorseRacingNation.com $300,000 is currently required to make the top 20 of graded earnings.

1) Hansen – Last week ranked 1.

  • Career – 5: 4-1-0 $1,473,305 (1st $1,400,000).
  • Michael Maker/Ramon Dominguez
  • 26-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 9-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 8-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Gotham Stakes (G3) Mar. 3, 2012 – BSF 95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPkNjsEDR78
  • Blue Grass (G1) – April 14.

Please read my recap of the Gotham that ran on http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/Hansen_Makes_a_Statement_in_the_G3_Gotham_Stakes_123

2) I’ll Have Another – Last week ranked 3.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-0 $634,000 (9th $601,000)
  • Doug O’Neill/M. Gutierrez
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 21-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7, 2012 – BSF 94
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS6KDCvl_tg
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

3) Creative Cause – Last week ranked 2.

  • Career – 6: 3-2-1 $851,000 (4th $836,000).
  • Mike Harrington/Joel Rosario
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 8-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Santa Anita Derby (G1) Apr. 7, 2012 – BSF 94
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS6KDCvl_tg
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

4) Gemologist – Last week ranked 4.

  • Career – 5:5-0-0 $745,855 (6th $703,855)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 23-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 12-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyKtIRZG6k
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

Here is my Wood Memorial final from Horse Racing Nation:

http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/After_the_Wood_Memorial_the_Derby_Picture_Just_Got_Clearer_123

5) Daddy Long Legs – Last week ranked 5.

  • Career – 5: 3-0-0 $1,308,909 (2nd $1,294,030).
  • Aidan O’Brien/C. O’Donoghue
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st UAE Derby (G2) Mar. 31, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm9EP11oNlI
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

6) Union Rags – Last week ranked 6.

  • Career – 6:4-1-1 $1,198,800 (3rd $1,170,000)
  • Michael Matz/Julien Leparoux
  • 7-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 4-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 9-2 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 3rd GP Florida Derby (G1) Mar. 31, 2012 – BSF 93
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwtPBb6bcxo&feature=relmfu
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

7) Alpha – Last week ranked 9.

  • Career – 6: 3-2-0 $500,000 (14th $380,000).
  • Kiaran McLaughlin/Ramon Dominguez
  • 19-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 18-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 21-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyKtIRZG6k
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

Here is my Wood Memorial final from Horse Racing Nation:

http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/After_the_Wood_Memorial_the_Derby_Picture_Just_Got_Clearer_123

8) Bodemeister Last week ranked 7.

  • Career – 3:1-2-0 $104,800 (61st $60,000)
  • Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 101
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Arkansas Derby (G1) – April 14.

9) Optimizer – Last week ranked 8.

  • Career – 8:1-2-1 $212,216 (25th $181,375)
  • D. Wayne Lukas/Jon Court
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Rebel (G2) – March 17, 2012 – BSF 91
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsTKAVuTbY4
  • Arkansas Derby (G1) – April 14.

10) Take Charge Indy– Last week ranked 10.

  • Career – 6: 2-2-0 $721,000 (7th $698,400).
  • Patrick Bryne/Calvin Borel
  • 42-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 38-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 15-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Florida Derby (G1) Mar. 31, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwtPBb6bcxo&feature=relmfu
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.
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Horses and Autism: April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

My son Riley likes to go to the racetrack.  Going to Monmouth Park is part of our summer weekend routine that usually includes a visit to a water playground that is a short distance from the track.  Like most kids he really enjoys these activities, but if you were there you would quickly notice Riley.  He is the one at the spray ground that doesn’t play with other children but he is extremely happy to kick up the water so that he can watch it splash in the puddles. At Monmouth he likes to stand at the rail by the tunnel that leads from the paddock to the track.  It is there that he can get the best view of the horse’s feet moving or where he can lay face down and feel the cool linoleum floor.  My son Riley is eleven years old and he has autism.

Please click here to read the rest of the article at HorseRacingNation.com http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/Monmouth/Horses_help_Autism_April_2nd_is_World_Autism_Awareness_Day_123

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.8)

The descriptions include each horse’s last start (with a YouTube link if available) and possible next start for each horse and a career summary of starts with results, total earnings and graded stake earnings with the rank amongst Derby contenders.  You will also find the closing odds from all three of the Kentucky Derby Future pools.  According to www.HorseRacingNation.com$240,736 is currently required to make the top 20 of graded earnings.

1) Hansen – Last week ranked 2.

  • Career – 5: 4-1-0 $1,473,305 (1st $1,400,000).
  • Michael Maker/Ramon Dominguez
  • 26-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 9-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 8-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Gotham Stakes (G3) Mar. 3, 2012 – BSF 95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPkNjsEDR78
  • Blue Grass (G1) – April 14.

Please read my recap of the Gotham that ran on http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/Hansen_Makes_a_Statement_in_the_G3_Gotham_Stakes_123

2) Creative Cause – Last week ranked 3.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-1 $701,000 (6th $686,000).
  • Mike Harrington/Joel Rosario
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 8-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 102
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) Apr. 7.

3) I’ll Have Another – Last week ranked 5.

  • Career – 4: 2-1-0 $184,000 (25th $151,000)
  • Doug O’Neill/M. Gutierrez
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 21-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st SA Robert Lewis (G2) Feb. 4, 2012 – BSF 96
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J71FYwwlm8
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7.

4) Gemologist – Last week ranked 6.

  • Career – 3:3-0-0 $145,855 (30th $103,855)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 23-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 12-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Allowance GP Mar. 16 race 3. – BSF  95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEZo7JeKrVQ
  • Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7.

5) Daddy Long Legs – Last week unranked.

  • Career – 5: 3-0-0 $1,308,909 (2nd $1,294,030).
  • Aidan O’Brien/C. O’Donoghue
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st UAE Derby (G2) Mar. 31, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm9EP11oNlI
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

6) Union Rags – Last week ranked 1.

  • Career – 6:4-1-1 $1,198,800 (3rd $1,170,000)
  • Michael Matz/Julien Leparoux
  • 7-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 4-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 9-2 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 3rd GP Florida Derby (G1) Mar. 31, 2012 – BSF 93
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwtPBb6bcxo&feature=relmfu
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.

7) Bodemeister Last week ranked 10.

  • Career – 3:1-2-0 $104,800 (58th $60,000)
  • Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 101
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7.

8) Optimizer – Last week unranked.

  • Career – 8:1-2-1 $212,216 (21st $181,375)
  • D. Wayne Lukas/Jon Court
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 2nd Rebel (G2) – March 17, 2012 – BSF 91
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsTKAVuTbY4
  • Arkansas Derby (G1) – April 14.

9) Alpha – Last week ranked 9.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-0 $300,000 (22nd $180,000).
  • Kiaran McLaughlin/Ramon Dominguez
  • 19-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 18-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 21-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st AQU Withers (G3) Feb. 4, 2012 – BSF 90
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTgi0UgxccY
  • Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7.

10) Take Charge Indy– Last week unranked.

  • Career – 6: 2-2-0 $721,000 (5th $698,400).
  • Patrick Bryne/Calvin Borel
  • 42-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 38-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 15-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3
  • 1st Florida Derby (G1) Mar. 31, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwtPBb6bcxo&feature=relmfu
  • Kentucky Derby (G1) – May 5.
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AndyScoggin Now Votes for the NTRA Polls

About a week ago my Horse Racing Nation Managing Editor, Brian Zipse, sent me an e-mail that said that I might become a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred polls.

Of course I had seen the polls quite often on the NTRA website, in the Daily Racing Form, and in mainstream newspapers. The NTRA polls are racing’s equivalent to the Top 25 polls for college sports.  There is the Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll, which includes horses from all racing divisions, and the Top Three Year-old poll.  The Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll is essentially a horse of the year poll.

My first thought was how many people actually vote in these polls and who are they?  A few clicks later on my laptop and I was at ntra.com/polls looking at a list of 50 people, a veritable Who’s Who of racing. These are people who I have seen on television and even in the movies and they are writers whose work I have been reading my whole life.  I couldn’t help but hear Wayne and Garth whispering in my ear, “You’re not worthy, you’re not worthy.” On the other hand in the past year I have been able to meet several of them at the track and interact with many of them on a regular basis on Twitter.

Read the rest of this blog at HorseRacingNation.com/blogs/NYState.

To view the NTRA polls for March 26, 2012. ntra.com/polls

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.7)

The descriptions include each horse’s last start (with a YouTube link if available) and possible next start for each horse and a career summary of starts with results, total earnings and graded stake earnings with the rank amongst Derby contenders.  You will also find the closing odds from the Kentucky Derby Future pools 1 and 2.  According to www.HorseRacingNation.com $150,000 is currently required to make the top 20 of graded earnings.

1) Union Rags – Last week ranked 1.

  • Career – 5:4-1-0 $1,098,800 (2nd $1,070,000)
  • Michael Matz/Julien Leparoux
  • 7-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 4-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st GP Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 26, 2012 – BSF 95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye6ux-TTkjg
  • Florida Derby (G1) March 31.

2) Hansen – Last week ranked 2.

  • Career – 5: 4-1-0 $1,473,305 (1st $1,400,000).
  • Michael Maker/Ramon Dominguez
  • 26-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 9-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st Gotham Stakes (G3) Mar. 3, 2012 – BSF 95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPkNjsEDR78
  • Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7.

Please read my recap of the Gotham that ran on http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/Hansen_Makes_a_Statement_in_the_G3_Gotham_Stakes_123

3) Creative Cause – Last week ranked 9.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-1 $701,000 (3rd $686,000).
  • Mike Harrington/Joel Rosario
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 102
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) Apr. 7.

Creative Cause came up with a great performance in the San Felipe beating a pretty good field, although he did race a bit greenly down the stretch.  That does leave room for improvement.

4) El Padrino – Last week ranked 3.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-1, $266,100 (13th $200,000)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 16-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 12-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st FG Risen Star (G2) Feb. 25, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7X_twEcYvM
  • Florida Derby (G1) March 31.

5) I’ll Have Another – Last week ranked 4.

  • Career – 4: 2-1-0 $184,000 (18th $151,000)
  • Doug O’Neill/M. Gutierrez
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st SA Robert Lewis (G2) Feb. 4, 2012 – BSF 96
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J71FYwwlm8
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7.

6) Gemologist – Last week ranked 9.

  • Career – 3:3-0-0 $145,855 (30th $103,855)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 23-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st Allowance GP Mar. 16 race 3. – BSF  95
  • Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7.

Gemologist pulled away impressively to defeat Currency Swap, the winner of last year’s Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga. His BSF showed an increase of 10 from his last start as a two year-old. WinStar was so impressed that they are now aiming for the Wood Memorial (G1).

7) Optimizer – Last week unranked.

  • Career – 8:1-2-1 $212,216 (14th $181,375)
  • D. Wayne Lukas/Jon Court
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 2nd Rebel (G2) – March 17, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsTKAVuTbY4
  • Arkansas Derby (G1) – April 14.

Optimizer finished the Rebel (G2) with a very strong closing move. He looked like he was going easily at the end and having fun at the same time. There has been much talk that Optimizer did not change leads down the stretch, even so, here is a three year-old that looks like he will handle the Derby distance.

8) Alpha – Last week ranked 6.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-0 $300,000 (15th $180,000).
  • Kiaran McLaughlin/Ramon Dominguez
  • 19-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 18-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st AQU Withers (G3) Feb. 4, 2012 – BSF 90
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTgi0UgxccY
  • Louisana Derby – April 1.

There appears to be a change of plans with Alpha now pointing to the Louisiana Derby (G2).

9) Prospective Last week ranked 7.

  • Career – 7: 4-2-0 $411,357 (9th $365,452)
  • Mark Casse/Luis Contreras
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st Tampa Bay Derby (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 88
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSt3zOXbSXk
  • Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7.

Prospective racing with blinkers made a strong move on the final turn and then held off the run of Golden Ticket to win the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). His experience of seven starts is a big plus.

10) Bodemeister Last week ranked 8.

  • Career – 3:1-2-0 $104,800 (50th $60,000)
  • Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 2nd San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7.

Bodemeister ran an excellent race in the San Felipe (G2). In only his third career start he was a bit green in his stretch battle with Creative Cause. He should improve with Baffert’s tutelage.

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AndyScoggin’s Derby Top 10 (v.6)

The descriptions include their last start (with a YouTube link if available) and possible next start for each horse and a career summary of starts with results, total earnings and graded stake earnings with the rank amongst Derby contenders.  You will also find the closing odds from the Kentucky Derby Future pools 1 and 2.  According to www.HorseRacingNation.com $145,558 is currently required to make the top 20 of graded earnings.

1) Union Rags – Last week ranked 1.

  • Career – 5:4-1-0 $1,098,800 (2nd $1,070,000)
  • Michael Matz/Julien Leparoux
  • 7-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 4-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st GP Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 26, 2012 – BSF 95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye6ux-TTkjg
  • Florida Derby (G1) March 31.

2) Hansen – Last week ranked 2.

  • Career – 5: 4-1-0 $1,473,305 (1st $1,400,000).
  • Michael Maker/Ramon Dominguez
  • 26-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 9-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st Gotham Stakes (G3) Mar. 3, 2012 – BSF 95
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPkNjsEDR78
  • Wood Memorial (G1) – April 7.

Please read my recap of the Gotham that ran on http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/Hansen_Makes_a_Statement_in_the_G3_Gotham_Stakes_123

3) Creative Cause – Last week ranked 9.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-1 $701,000 (3rd $686,000).
  • Mike Harrington/Joel Rosario
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 17-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 102
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) Apr. 7.

Creative Cause came up with a great performance in the San Felipe beating a pretty good field, although he did race a bit greenly down the stretch.  That does leave room for improvement.

4) El Padrino – Last week ranked 3.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-1, $266,100 (11th $200,000)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 16-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 12-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st FG Risen Star (G2) Feb. 25, 2012 – BSF 98
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7X_twEcYvM
  • Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1.

5) I’ll Have Another – Last week ranked 4.

  • Career – 4: 2-1-0 $184,000 (15th $151,000)
  • Doug O’Neill/M. Gutierrez
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st SA Robert Lewis (G2) Feb. 4, 2012 – BSF 96
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J71FYwwlm8
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7.

6) Alpha – Last week ranked 6.

  • Career – 5: 3-1-0 $300,000 (12th $180,000).
  • Kiaran McLaughlin/Ramon Dominguez
  • 19-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 18-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st AQU Withers (G3) Feb. 4, 2012 – BSF 90
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTgi0UgxccY
  • Wood Memorial (G1) April 7.

7) Prospective Last week unranked.

  • Career – 7: 4-2-0 $411,357 (8th $365,452)
  • Mark Casse/Luis Contreras
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st Tampa Bay Derby (G2) Mar. 10, 2012 – BSF 88
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSt3zOXbSXk
  • Wood Memorial (G1) April 7.

Prospective racing with blinkers made a strong move on the final turn and then held off the run of Golden Ticket to win the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). His experience of seven starts is a big plus.

8) Bodemeister Last week unranked.

  • Career – 3:1-2-0 $104,800 (41st $60,000)
  • Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano
  • Mutuel Field Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 29-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 2nd San Felipe (G2) Mar. 10, 2012
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvQ66XW4WVw
  • Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 7.

Bodemeister ran an excellent race in the San Felipe (G2). In only his third career start he was a bit green in his stretch battle with Creative Cause. He should improve with Baffert’s tutelage.

9) Gemologist – Last week ranked 7.

  • Career – 3:3-0-0 $145,855 (27th $103,855)
  • Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano
  • 22-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 23-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st TP Kentucky Jockey Cup (G2) Nov. 21, 2011 – BSF 85
  • Allowance GP Mar. 16 race 3.

The switch from The Rebel (G2) to an allowance at GP raises a lot of questions about his readiness.

10) Sabercat – Last week 8.

  • Career – 6:3-0-1 $681,420 (4th $600,000)
  • Steve Asmussen/Corey Nakatani
  • 34-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 1
  • 30-1 Kentucky Derby Future Pool 2
  • 1st Ded Delta Jackpot (G3) – BSF 85
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glVYcg_Ghwc
  • Rebel (G2) Mar. 17
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Native Dancer v. Spectacular Bid

From HorseRacingNation.com:

This week, step back in Derby time with New York State of Racing’s Matt Shifman and Managing Editor Brian Zipse as they take on the top gray horses of all time – Native Dancer or Spectacular Bid?

Please click here to read this Point/Counterpoint at HorseRacingNation.com. http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/Point_Counterpoint_Native_Dancer_vs_Spectacular_Bid_123

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The Top 10 Gray Horses of All-time

Is Hansen or Creative Cause good enough to be considered one of the best gray thoroughbreds? If so, they would have to be better than some of the greatest horses of all time.

The rest of this article appears at HorseRacingNation.com and includes my list of the Top 10 Gray Horses of All-time:   http://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/NYState/The_Top_10_Gray_Horses_of_All_time_123.

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