A Dozen Important Contenders in 2020:
Full of raw talent. The stylish win in the $100,000 Sham G3 at Santa Anita Park stamps him a contender. Onward and upward with trainer Bob Baffert at the helm, seeking his sixth Kentucky Derby win. Racing for the SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding and Golconda Stables partnership, the key for Authentic will be to relax and focus. The question of lineage and ability to win at the classic - one and one fourth miles distance must also be answered, since Authentic's sire Into Mischief was a sprinter-miler.
After winning the El Camino Real Derby with Azul Coast, Trainer Bob Baffert is having flashbacks to 1996 when his first Kentucky Derby starter, an improving three-year old colt named Cavonnier, who also won the El Camino Real Derby; going on to finish second by a nose in the now legendary conditioner's first Kentucky Derby attempt. Unbothered by either the stretch out to one and one eigth miles or the surface switch, he showed improved tactical speed, racing in fourth early and capitalizing upon his stamina late to win by just over a length.
An up and coming colt for owner Koichi Nishikawa and trainer Noriyuki Hori, although there will be some factors to overcome, owning an abundance of speed with a powerful finishing kick; this son of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah's runaway maiden win going 1,800 meters in Japan, could be an indication that the one and one fourth miles classic distance will not be a problem.
Though at times unpredictable, Eight Rings has all the makings of a Kentucky Derby contender, bred for stamina while demonstrating flashes of competitive determination, the colt can dominate if he feels like running and the high level of performance Eight Rings has demonstrated in peak form, indicate he can be a major factor in the 2020 Kentucky Derby, if trainer Bob Baffert can unlock his potential.
Overcoming a slow break, racing 10 lengths off modest fractions early, then demonstrating a powerful kick to circle the field and take over the lead at the stretch call, sustaining the run down the stretch to win by 5; this talented colt trained by Brendan Walsh, won the Breeders’ Cup Futurity at one and one sixteenth miles, like a solid contender for the 2020 triple crown. Watchout! Sired by Street Sense, out of a mare by Bernardini, Maxfield is bred top and bottom for the classic distances.
With a convincing victory in the Withers G3 at Aqueduct, this colt bred by K & G Stables, owned by George Hall, stamped himself as an up and coming Kentucky Derby contender. A son of Honor Code, out of a mare by Not For Love, his deep closer running style certainly benefited from the one and one eighth miles distance and Max Player is bred for stamina, suggesting the more distance the merrier.
Scoring an upset win in the Risen Star G2 at Fair Grounds which earned the bay colt 50 Kentucky Derby qualification points, the homebred racing for Pam and Martin Wygod, sired by Uncle Mo, out of an unraced daughter of Bernardini; broke from the rail, dueled for the early lead and put away his rivals in the stretch to win by a length. Now two-for-two at one and one eighth miles, the colt may relish the classic distance in the Kentucky Derby.
Owned by the Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, and Doheny Racing Stable partnership, this colt earned 50 qualification points with a gate to wire win in the Risen Star over one and one eighth miles at Fair Grounds. Bred to excel in spring, tactical speed and a powerful pedigree on both the top and bottom, the bay colt must be considered a solid triple crown contender in 2020.
With a win in the $250,000 Remsen Stakes G2 at Aqueduct, followed by a confident class hike for the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs, where he ran evenly finishing fourth, that race was flattered when the third-place finisher returned to win a G2 event next out. His stamina is no surprise, son of Blame, out of a Bluegrass Cat mare, with plenty of tactical speed but can sit back and pounce too.
STORM THE COURT
Right off the bat, a score in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1, the blinkers on with modified tactics made the difference, with a burst of speed to set the pace and turn back a formidable challenger in Anneau d’Or, covering the one and one sixteenth miles in 1:44, to win by a head at 45-to-1 odds. Conditioned by Peter Eurton and racing for the partnership of Exline-Border Racing, David Bernsen, Susanna Wilson and Dan Hudock, the son of Court Vision earned $1.1-MILLION taking down the Juvenile.
Exciting son of Pioneer of the Nile trained by Bob Baffert, unclear whether he has the stamina to handle the classic distance of the Kentucky Derby, although there will be a shot of endurance from the sire, mare was a sprinter owning a speed pedigree; Baffert has indicated the distance isn’t going to be a problem.
TIZ THE LAW
Bred in New York, purchased for $110,000 as a yearling, the son of Constitution scored a victory in the Champagne G1 at Belmont Park, after stumbling at the start, powering into contention and drawing off to win by four. Assuming he continues to develop, he owns the talent and breeding to be a serious factor in the Kentucky Derby.
Ete Indien, #1, 54 Points $285,156
Modernist, #2, 50 Points $240,000
Enforceable, #3, 33 Points $264,550
Storm the Court, #4, 22 Points $1,148,351
Tiz the Law, #5, 22 Points $456,000
Silver Prospector, #6, 21 Points $654,851
Thousand Words, #7, 20 Points $181,000
Major Fed, #8, 20 Points $80,000
Candy Tycoon, #9, 20 Points $76,000
Shotski, #10, 19 Points $212,466
Independence Hall, #11, 14 Points $205,000
Silver State, #12, 14 Points $80,000
Azul Coast, #13, 14 Points $80,000
Shoplifted, #14, 13 Points $388,500
Anneau d'Or, #15, 12 Points $385,000
Maxfield, #16, 10 Points $300,000
Eight Rings, #17, 10 Points $200,351
Sole Volante, #18, 10 Points $173,510
Dennis' Moment, #19, 10 Points $141,800
Gold Street, #20, 10 Points $141,000
Max Player, #21, 10 Points $137,500
As Seen On Tv, #22, 10 Points $72,600
Authentic, #23, 10 Points $60,000
Ny Traffic, #24, 10 Points $44,320
Ajaaweed, #25, 7 Points $95,000
Scabbard, #26, 6 Points $186,000
Answer In, #27, 6 Points $155,000
Wrecking Crew, #28, 5 Points $293,000
Finnick the Fierce, #29, 5 Points $70,200
Mailman Money, #30, 5 Points $16,000
Farmington Road, #31, 5 Points $16,000
Green Light Go, #32, 4 Points $224,550
Wells Bayou, #33, 4 Points $150,000
Gouverneur Morris, #34, 4 Points $100,000
High Velocity, #35, 4 Points $97,000
American Theorem, #36, 4 Points $60,000
Three Technique, #37, 4 Points $30,000
Royal Act, #38, 4 Points $21,644
Prince of Pharoahs, #39, 3 Points $27,750
Bourbon Bay, #40, 3 Points $24,000
Big City Bob, #41, 2 Points $120,000
Chase Tracker, #42, 2 Points $51,750
Portos, #43, 2 Points $30,000
Toledo, #44, 2 Points $24,500
Zimba Warrior, #45, 2 Points $24,500
Jungle Runner, #46, 1 Points $86,750
Monday Morning Qb, #47, 1 Points $75,000
Informative, #48, 1 Points $35,000
Letmeno, #49, 1 Points $29,200
Taishan, #50, 1 Points $28,500
Relentless Dancer, #51, 1 Points $12,250
Tiz Rye Time, #52, 1 Points $10,000
Tizamagician, #53, 1 Points $6,000