Season 34 The Digital Derby Race Preview (Leg 1 of the Triple Crown)

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Last season TEMPLE OF SAKKARA took 2 jewels of the Triple Crown and just missed the sweep, when denied by PERSONAL INJURY in leg 2. This season the DD admin in hopes of attracting fuller fields for each leg, has mixed the sexes for this season’s preeminent event. A full field of 12, 6 colts and 6 fillies pack the gate tomorrow night in hopes of capturing the first jewel and continuing onward for a chance at sweeping the series and earning a sizable bonus. Let’s meet the field.

 

#1 GOOD LOOKING FACE

Sophomore gelding is lightly raced, but this 3 YO son of HEY GOOD LOOKING is well meant when sent to post, placing in the top 2 in 8 of his 12 starts. Bettors may be looking for the “horse for course” in a spot such as this one, but perhaps a “horse for distance” may be the real reason to use this horse in your exotics. This Burky trainee is undefeated in 3 starts at tonight’s 1 mile distance, including an impressive tally as a juvenile for his conditioner’s namesake race last season. He’s drawn inside again, a spot he seems to excel with especially at this distance. He enjoys sitting back and saving all the ground before he makes his late run. The 1 mile distance is a quirky one, with many trainers electing to sit off the pace to avoid losing more ground around each sweeping turn. If he get’s the pace upfront his numbers are good enough for a podium spot.

#2 SHANDONG DJ DRAGON

This BlueChip Farms create filly has been awesome again this season, capturing the Mystic Mile stakes in early May and besting Champ Classic Qualifier foes 3 other times. The 4th place finisher in last season’s Juvenile Champ Classic Final against homebreds, looks for her 2nd stakes victory in as many tries this season.  Her connections seem to be pointing for a long Triple Crown run with freakishly easy 10F move in 2:03.89 just two days ago! I’m sure her connections would have preferred a post towards the middle or the outside to best setup her late kick, but it’s hard not to like her chances for top honors. My 2nd choice.

#3 TARYNSFINALPRESENT

Well bred sophomore began his 3 YO campaign with a stylish win in the 1 mile Digital Downs Daily stakes. Since that near last to 1st triumph up the fence, he’s struggled making an impression against division and champ qualifier foes. The Juvenile Sprint Champion appears to be more comfortable against sprinters, but perhaps the extra distance tonight reverses the form he’s been in for much of the season. A difficult 3 post assignment leaves him off my tickets.

#4 EXCELSIOR (NY)

The stablemate to the imposing TABOO TOO is still eligible for the N2L condition in 21 starts. The Good: despite this runner’s inability to get the victories, this runner has managed to earn nearly 85Kc for his connections all while facing good company. The Bad: He’s 0 for 8 lifetime at a flat mile, finishing 2nd only twice. The Ugly: His last 5 starts at the classic and route distances have been depressing, beating only 1 horse to the wire in 5 starts. He does have a bit of speed and appears to be the “pace casualty” for his aforementioned stablemate.

#5 KING G’S FAN CLUB

Yours truly has this 3 YO daughter of MAN 0 WAR ambitiously spotted tonight, but her form has been good this season, including a win against Champ Route qualifier foes. The concern here is the cut back in distance to 8F. A cursory glance over her pps will show she loves 10F, having never finished off the board in 7 starts. Her lone mile journey was at the beginning of the season in the Mystic Mile where she finished 5th. She wasn’t disgraced that day and considering she was breaking from the 3 hole and denied the lead I thought it was a big race. Needs a bit of luck against this group of accomplished classic horses, but if she gets the lead watch out.

#6 TRISTESSA

Buddha Farms homebred has been solid for her connections again this season, winning 3 races in 7 outs and placing in 3 others. Much of her success of late can be attributed to the change in race tactics employed by her trainer. She’s broken more alertly this season and has raced on or just off the early pace leading to wins and places. Something she wasn’t doing enough of in her 1-15 juvenile season. The bronze medalist in last season’s Juvenile Champ Classic Final has a chance tonight, but must remain close to the pace for a shot.

#7 PHUTURE PHAROAH

Season 34 leading conditioner sends out this well bred daughter OF ANCIENT NOBILITY for this one mile test. This photogenic 3 YO has won 5 times in 13 starts and has only missed the board in 3 starts. She’s been nurtured along much of her career facing allowance and mid level claimer foes, but when produced against Champ Classic qualifiers the past month and a half of the season, she’s passed the class test with a win and a second from 4 starts.  Her last two races I’m going to forgive as it appeared she was a bit too keen to go on from her rail position draw causing her to fade in the late stages. Her better races are drawn wide, as she is tonight, where she’s been given a chance to relax early then make one run late. I’m going with the streaking trainer and making her my top choice.

#8 YATTA YATTA

Sophomore gelding has been a win machine for his HOF conditioner, racking up 13 victories in just 19 outs. Its amazing, but he has as many wins as others in this race have starts. What I really like about this horse other than his nose for the wire is his versatility. The Juvenile Classic Champion last season closed from 12th and last to be first at the wire, has also shown he can win on or just off the pace this year. I’m wondering if he’ll sit back off the pace or if he’ll be sent. I like him for 3rd.

#9 TABOO TOO

I made a mistake last season leaving this Metro Stables homebred off my tickets in the Champ Sprint Finals last season and she responded by closing from the parking lot to be up in time at the wire. She’s the most experienced runner in the race outside of the TNT trained TARYNSFINALPRESENT in gate 3. Her form has declined since her championship winning performance last April. It appears she only races by “appointment” only with just 4 starts so far at 3. As mentioned earlier her connections also have a lesser fancied runner in here who has a bit of early speed. The question is will that 15Kc gamble pay off. Would prefer if was in better form.

#10 TNTSTOLEFROMSHANNON

Denied yours truly his first championship last season gunning down fellow entrymate KING G’S FAN CLUB in the final jumps to take the Juvenile Route Championship. This season at 3 she’s had a more humbling experience, failing to win in 9 starts so far this season. While not disgraced by any means, she’s finished in the money in 5 of those starts. She was a close 2nd earlier this season in the Mystic Mile and just finished 2nd in 9F turf event. She hasn’t yet shown she can win going shorter than 10F, but I think fits as a strong underneath player.

#11 MIXMASTER ORB

Was a private purchase for her current connections at some point last April. Since the transfer of barns she’s earned nearly 74Kc in 10 tries this season. She’s been campaigned as more of a sprinter this season, something she did rather well early on to start her career, but was stretched out and lured by the bigger purse money. Interestingly, 2 of her 3 wins this season have been at the classic distances. I would like to see her get back to showing early speed again. While she’s been successful at times from off the pace, I think her high cruising speed puts her in a better spot to win. With tonight’s #11 post I think her connections don’t have much of a choice.

#12 GOTCHA BABY

The 2nd BlueChip Farm entry is also a create, this one the less accomplished gelding. He’s been brilliant enough to defeat homebreds on the biggest stage, winning the Juvenile Classic Conso last season at 7F. He’s again faced homebreds, this his 3 YO campaign and did manage a win against Champ Classic qualifiers last month. As impressive as his resume is, the extreme outside post and the fact he’s never won past 7F is too much to ignore.

 

Picks: 7, 2, 8