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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Pool 3
Opening and Closing Date:
Apr 2 2009 -
Apr 5 2009

Derby Future Pool 3

by John Mucciolo

Charitable Man: Unbeaten Grade 2 winner as a freshman, this talented colt has yet to race as a sophomore and is up against it as far as a three-year-old campaign goes. Likely for the Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland next week, and a strong showing there will surely send the ultra-talented prospect to the Derby.

Chocolate Candy: Consistent colt will get the acid test in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) this weekend after proving too good for Northern California foes. Still a question mark on dirt, but there is no doubting the fitness of this hard-trying sophomore.

Desert Party: U. A. E. Derby (UAE-G2) runner-up strung together a solid three-race series in the desert and appears to be primed for a solid Derby run. The expensive sophomore is still a question mark at 10 furlongs, though.

Dunkirk: Explosive blue-blood ran a huge race when second in the Florida Derby (G1), and he'd be a force to be reckoned with if he qualifies for the Derby field. The gray was the individual favorite in Pool 2.

Flying Private: Lane's End S. (G2) runner-up has shown vast improvement in a short period of time and hails from a barn that knows how to get a horse to the big race.

Friesan Fire: King of Louisiana put forth his best showing with a dominant win in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and must be considered one of the top choices going forward. The well-bred colt will train up to the Derby.

Giant Oak: Long-striding colt needs to quicken in a hurry to be considered among the top players on Derby Day, but a big showing in Saturday's Illinois Derby (G2) could set him up well.

Hold Me Back: Synthetic specialist looked the part in the recent Lane's End S. (G2) and will likely appear next in the Blue Grass S. (G1) on April 11. He's full of ability but flopped in his lone dirt attempt to date.

I Want Revenge: Gotham S. (G3) romper could make a great case with a similar effort in Saturday's Wood Memorial S. (G1). This top contender is bred to run all day and should have little trouble with 1 ¼ miles.

Imperial Council: Talented three-year-old showed good late energy in the Gotham S. (G3), when second. A big finish in the Wood Memorial S. (G1) on Saturday puts him squarely in the picture.

Mafaaz (GB): Kempton Challenge S. hero is a question mark on dirt, and it's hard to gauge his class, but we can find no fault in the connections. The colt is bred to run long and is in good hands.

Musket Man: Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner will hope to prove that he can transform his top form in the Illinois Derby (G2) on Saturday in his Hawthorne debut.

Mr. Hot Stuff: Improving sophomore will have to step up in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on Saturday to qualify for the Derby, but the well-bred sophomore's form makes him intriguing.

Old Fashioned: Pool 1 favorite lost for the first time when collared late in the Rebel S. (G2), but he's never run a bad one and he will be the horse to beat in the upcoming Arkansas Derby (G2) next Saturday.

Papa Clem: Speedster has run second to a pair of nice ones and will next be seen in the Arkansas Derby (G2) at Oaklawn Park. A top-three effort should get him in the Derby field, and he has a lot of upside.

Pioneerof the Nile: Impressive colt is perfect from three tries with Bob Baffert and will get his stiffest test to date in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (G1). Win or lose, the colt has proven to be top class and should be a major player in the Derby if he takes to the dirt.

Quality Road: Florida Derby (G1) hero has passed the two-turn test and gives every impression of a serious player come Derby Day. The Kentucky-bred could be set up for a career showing in four weeks.

Regal Ransom: U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) upsetter flashed brilliance as a juvenile and seems to be getting better at the right time. He's still a question mark at the distance, but his upward form is positive.

Take the Points: San Felipe S. (G2) runner-up has put in a pair of strong races in succession and remains an interesting sleeper for a top barn. The gray will be seen in the Blue Grass S. (G1) next Saturday.

Terrain: Consistent colt showed a nice turn of foot when third in the Louisiana Derby (G2) off the shelf, and he has already amassed enough graded earning to make the Derby field. The Blue Grass S. (G1) is likely the next stop for the gelding.

The Pamplemousse: Unbeaten at two turns, the speedy colt will get a stern test in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on Saturday. Synthetic performer is a question mark on dirt, but he's plenty fast and has improved with every race.

Theregoesjojo: Florida Derby (G1) third is short on graded earnings and weakened through the stretch in his two-turn debut. He's a definite outsider.

Win Willy: Rebel S. (G2) upsetter has never lost on dirt and could prove that his latest was no fluke in the Arkansas Derby (G2) on April 11. Late-bloomer is a wildcard.

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