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January 13, 2009 · By · Share

Potential Triple Crown noisemakers

The list of potential Triple Crown noisemakers has been expanded to 100. It’s based more on potential than accomplishment, with an eye on where these horses might be May 2, when the famed Triple Crown begins with the Kentucky Derby.

Rank. Horse, Starts-wins-2nds-3rds, Earnings, Sire, Trainer, Comment
1. Old Fashioned, 3-3-0-0, $173,280, Unbridled’s Song, Larry Jones, The gray colt won the Remsen under wraps in the final furlong.
2. Break Water Edison, 5-2-1-0, $140,880, Lemon Drop Kid, John Kimmel, Impressive in the Nashua, he’s preparing to return in Florida.
3. Hello Broadway, 3-1-1-0, $71,060, Barclay Tagg, Broken Vow, Half-brother to Nobiz Like Shobiz is aimed at the Hutcheson.
4. Point Encounter, 1-1-0-0, $27,000, Point Given, Carla Gaines, He battled through fast fractions and drew clear to win his Santa Anita debut.
5. Giant Oak, 4-2-1-0, $81,396, Giant’s Causeway, Chris Block, Rallied while wide to finish second in the Ky. Jockey Club.
6. Quality Road, 2-1-1-0, $32,830, Elusive Quality, Jimmy Jerkens, Big and athletic, he could improve sharply when he learns to control his speed and stretches out.
7. Well Positioned, 2-1-0-1, $26,754, Awesome Again, Patrick Reynolds, He won by more than 14 at Aqueduct and is training in Fla.
8. Imperial Council, 2-1-1-0, $43,600, Empire Maker, Shug McGaughey, Impressive in both races, he’s training in the Florida.
9. Vineyard Haven, 4-3-0-1, $419,000, Lido Palace, Saeed bin Suroor, His Champagne sparkled, but he’ll take the Dubai road to Ky.
10. Charitable Man, 2-2-0-0, $187,200, Lemon Drop Kid, Kiaran McLaughlin, $187,200, Sidelined by an injury, he has resumed training.
11. Danger To Society, 2-2-0-0-, 48,616, Harlan’s Holiday, Ken McPeek, He beat a good allowance field Thursday at Gulfstream.
12. Pioneerof The Nile, 5-2-0-1, $544,200, Empire Maker, Bob Baffert, He won the CashCall Futurity, but he hasn’t run on dirt.
13. Midshipman, 4-3-1-0, $1,380,200, Unbridled’s Song, Saeed bin Suroor, The Juvenile winner will take the most circuitous route.                                                                                                              

14. Friesan Fire, 5-2-1-1, $123,265, A.P. Indy, Larry Jones, He showed his talent while winning the Lecomte at Fair grounds. The Risen Star's next.
15. Beethoven, 5-3-0-1, $149,913, Sky Mesa, John Ward, He won the Ky. Jockey Club with determination and is training well in Florida.
16. Mr. Fantasy, 1-1-0-0, $24,600, E. Dubai, Kiaran McLaughlin, A romping maiden winner, he’ll probably remain in New York.
17. Square Eddie, 6-2-2-1, $767,366, Smart Strike, Doug O’Neill, The Juvenile runner-up is consistent and capable but has yet to run on dirt.
18. Capt. Candyman Can, 4-2-0-1, $121,645, Candy Ride, Ian Wilkes, He’s already a stakes winner at Churchill.                                                                                                                                          19. Indygo Mountain, 3-1-1-0, $36,416, A.P. Indy, Bret Calhoun, He stumbled leaving the gate in the Lecomte and is better than that.
20. Haynesfield, 4-3-0-1, $125,321, Speightstown, Steve Asmussen, The New York-bred has won consecutive stakes.

21. Stardom Bound, 5-3-2-0, $1,420,600, Tapit, Bobby Frankel, The sensational filly, sure to be a champion, could take on the “boys.”                                                                                                

22. Big Drama, 6-5-0-1, $860,250, Montbrook, David Fawkes, Won the Delta Jackpot and three other stakes, but hasn’t faced top company.
23. Free Country, 2-2-0-0, $43,156, Big Country, Ken McPeek, He has rallied strongly for both victories, the latest Thursday in Florida.
24. West Side Bernie, 4-2-1-0, $232,960,  Bernstein, Kelly Breen, He has run four times at four different tracks and is now in Florida.
25. Notonthesamepage, 6-2-1-1, $109,078, Catienus, Wesley Ward, His Spectacular Bid victory was, well, spectacular; Fountain of Youth’s next.
26. Flying Pegasus, 3-2-1-0, $105,965, Fusaichi Pegasus, Ralph Nicks, Second to Charitable Man, he’s training at Fair Grounds.
27. Atomic Rain, 4-1-3-0, $77,300, Smart Strike, Kelly Breen, the Remsen runner-up ran second again this week at Gulfstream Park.
28. Believe In  Hope, 3-1-0-1, $66,800, Thunder Gulch, Ron Ellis, Promising, but he hasn’t raced since Sept. or worked since Oct.
29. Theregoesjojo, 3-2-0-0, $56,228, Brahms, Ken McPeek, He rallied to defeat Quallity Road in a recent Gulfstream allowance race.
30. American Dance, 3-1-1-1, $56,800, A.P. Indy, Todd Pletcher, Third in the Remsen, he should continue to improve.
31. Omniscient, 1-0-1-0, $8,400, Pulpit, Steve Asmussen, His solid debut and pedigree suggest he could develop into a stakes horse.
32. Patena, 5-2-2-0, $136,177, Seeking The Gold, Josie Carroll, A stakes winner in Canada, he rallied to finish second in the Lecomte.
33. I Want Revenge, 5-1-1-3, $192,200, Stephen Got Even, Jeff Mullins, Rallied three-wide to finish second in the CashCall Futurity.
34. Terrain, 6-3-1-0, $408,584, Sky Mesa, Al Stall Jr., Fourth in the Juvenile, he’s training at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
35. Silver City, 3-2-0-1, $62,971, Unbridled’s Song, Bret Calhoun, the $700,000 yearling will make his seasonal debut in Oaklawn’s Dixieland.
36. Taqarub, 2-2-0-0, $52,800, Aldebaran, Kiaran McLaughlin, He won with authority in New York, but he could be a middle-distance type.
37. Heir To the Stone, 2-1-1-0, $36,400, Birdstone, Richard Violette, He stumbled in his only loss; aimed at a return in Florida.
38. Brother Keith, 1-1-0-0, $28,772, Johar, Bobby Frankel, The highly regarded colt seems to be aimed at Santa Anita’s San Rafael Stakes.
39. Chocolate Candy, 6-2-1-1, $202,500, Candy Ride, Jerry Hollendorfer, Third in the CashCall Futurity, he could be going for the California Derby.
40. Cribnote, 4-1-1-1, $126,200, Read The Footnotes, Richard Vioette, The Hopeful runner-up is a rough mover but has talent.
41. Obligingly, 3-1-0-1, $14,529, Officer, Todd Pletcher, Victorious by 11 lengths at Calder, he ran third in Gulfstream debut.
42. Au Moon, 3-1-0-1, $37,416, Malubu Moon, David Carroll, He was compromised by the lack of any pace in the Lecomte but still ran third.
43. Blame, 2-1-0-1, $33,425, Arch, Al Stall Jr., He won impressively in  October, hinting at standout talent, and is training in New Orleans.
44. Checklist, 1-1-0-0, $21,000, Gone West, Todd Pletcher, He won his debut by four at Gulfsream Park and will step up to an allowance next.
45. Munnings, 4-1-1-1, $142,200, Speightstown, Todd Pletcher, The Champagne runner-up could return by the end of February.
46. Royal Vindication, 5-2-0-3, $100,280, Vindication, Stanley Hough, He has considerable talent but also distance limitations.
47. Peace Town, 5-3-1-0, $88,850, Peace Rules, Michael Trombetta, A Maryland stakes winner, he’ll probably shoot at the Aqueduct stakes.
48. Professor Z, 4-2-0-1, $58,600, Grand Slam, Steve Asmussen, A winner of consecutive races, he’s aimed at Oaklawn Park’s Smarty Jones.
49. A.P. Cardinal, 4-1-1-0, $33,850, A.P. Indy, Kiaran McLaughlin, He improved sharply with his recent outing at Gulfstream.
50. Gone Astray, 4-1-0-1, $76,900, Dixie Union, Shug McGaughey, He ran close in top company as a 2-year-old.
51. Coronet of a Baron, 4-1-2-1, $209,800, Pure Prize, Eoin Harty, Another one of those horses who’ll travel the Dubai path.
52. Top Seed, 3-3-0-0, $62,205, Grand Slam, Michael Trombetta, A minor stakes winner, he’ll soon be tested at Tampa Bay.
53. Donativum, 6-3-1-0, $1,581,895, Cadeaux Genereux, John Gosden, A turf horse, he has connections that might give it a try.
54. Del Conte, 5-1-0-0, $50,780, Point Given, Bob Baffert, He stepped forward to finish fourth in the Norfolk and seems to be improving.
55. Stately Character, 5-1-1-2, $69,050, Pleasant Tap, Gerald Procino, He has a powerful late kick that will serve him well.
56. Pressure Point, 2-1-0-0, $28,216, Point Given, Michael Maker, He ran fourth in his two-turn debut and should improve.
57. Regal Ransom, 2-1-0-0, $37,200, Distorted Humor, Saeed bin Suroor, The promising colt has joined the Godolphin camp in Dubai.
58. Unionize, 1-0-1-0, $9,000, Dixie Union, Clifford Sise, He chased home Point Encounter in his debut and shouldn’t remain a maiden long.
59. Fitzmo, 2-1-0-0, $29,400, Seattle Fitz, Adam Kitchingman, Close to Midshipman in his debut, he’s working at Santa Anita.
60. Idol Maker, 3-1-0-0, $43,650, Empire Maker, Todd Pletcher, Highly regarded, he disappointed in his seasonal debut.
61. Captain Cherokee, 1-0-1-0, $8,440, Sir Cherokee, Steve Asmussen, The half-brother to Midnight Lute is training in New Orleans.
62. Keep Thinking, 2-0-1-0, $12,620, A.P. Indy, Eoin Harty, Close in two sprints, he should improve with distance.
63. Masala, 2-1-0-1, $36,880, Lion Heart, Todd Pletcher, Now in Florida, he scored his maiden victory at a mile at Aqueduct.
64. Gallant Son, 6-4-0-0, $113,038, Malabar Gold, Frank Lucarelli, He could make some noise in Northern California.
65. Jack o’ Lantern, 3-2-0-0, $82,440, Flatter, Richard Matlow, The former claimer won the Hollywood Prevue.
66. Dumar, 3-1-0-1, $20,970, Maria’s Mon, Steve Asmussen, He has improved with more distance and could become a factor in the spring.
67. Russell Road, 6-5-1-0, $202,530, Wheaton, James Casey, He has won five straight by more than 43 total lengths.
68. Advice, 3-1-0-1, $37,645, Chapel Royal, Todd Pletcher, A neck back in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, he’s in California.
69. Rachel Alexandra, 6-3-2-0, $201,440, Medaglia d’Oro, Hal Wiggins, She would be much higher, but she’ll probably stay with fillies.
70. Azul Leon, 7-3-1-0, $232,400, Lion Heart, Doug O’Neill, He just hasn’t been very competitive at the highest level.
71. Nowhere To Hide, 5-1-2-1, $44,599, Vindication, Nick Zito, The improving colt appears to be aiming at Gulfstream’s Holy Bull Stakes.
72. Desert Party, 3-2-0-0, $108,467, Street Cry, Eoin Harty, He may not have sufficient talent to run with the best, and he’s in Dubai.
73. Majormotionpicture, 1-1-0-0, $39,000, Action This Day, Michael Machowsky, Overcame a slow start to win his debut impressively.
74. Jose Adan, 3-2-1-0, $80,320, Crypto Star, Saeed bin Suroor, Disqualified from a win at Arlington, he’s in Dubai.
75. Sunday Blitz, 3-1-1-1, $33,420, Sunday Break, Steve Klesaris, In his second start, he narrowly lost to Old Fashioned.
76. Kopitar, 2-2-0-0, $61,249, Military, Rusty Arnold, He beat Indygo Mountain in his debut, but his future could be on the turf.
77. It Happened Again, 3-1-1-0, $37,200, Proud Citizen, Larry Jones, His connections remain optimistic despite a poor outing.
78. Precious Package, 2-1-0-1, $41,640, Golden Missile, Richard Dutrow, He won by nearly seven lengths at Saratoga.
79. Rocketing Returns, 3-2-1-0, $58,534, Gone West, Nick Zito, He’s talented, but he may be be sprinter or middle-distance type.
80. Fast Draw, 5-0-1-2, $22,640, Gone West, D. Wayne Lukas, He has continued to improve and could step up at Oaklawn Park.
81. Andiron, 1-0-0-0, $400, A.P. Indy, Bobby Frankel, Beautifully bred, he’s highly regarded and better than he he showed in his debut.
82. Merus Miami, 2-2-0-0, $62,400, Friends Lake, O.J. Jauregui, The Gold Rush winner could be very tough in Northern California.
83. You Luckie Mann, 5-2-1-2, $121,500, Exchange Rate, Martin Wolfson, Second in the Spectacular Bid, he looks like a sprinter.
84. Bitttel Road, 6-3-1-0, $274,640, Stormy Atlantic, Todd Pletcher, Never raced on dirt, he seems aimed at turf or synthetics.
85. Retap, 6-2-3-0, $181,495, Tapit, Steve Asmussen, He won a minor stakes in New Mexico and could make some noise in the Southwest.
86. Rockland, 3-2-0-1, $38,399, Smarty Jones, Michael Matz, Both wins were in a photo; he’s tough and versatile.
87. Dunkirk, 0-0-0-0, $0, Unbridled’s Song, Todd Pletcher, The $3.7 million yearling is preparing to make his debut soon at Gulfstream.
88. Ask Joe, 4-3-0-1, $91,050, Najran, Steve Klesaris, The winner of the Sugar Bowl Stakes looks like a middle-distance, not a classic, sort.
89. Nicanor, 0-0-0-0, $0, Dynaformer, Michael Matz, Barbaro’s brother is preparing for a Florida debut.
90. Lyin’ Heart, 4-2-1-0, $106,022, Lion Heart, Steve Asmussen, The Lone Star stakes winner has resumed training in Louisiana.
91. Backbackbackgone, 5-4-0-0, $159,440, Put It Back, Peter Miller, The three-time stakes winner looks like a sprinter.
92. Shafted, 3-2-0-0, $48,332, Mineshaft, Mark Casse, He has looked good on synthetic surfaces and could show up in some California stakes.
93. Elnawin, 4-3-0-0, $356,351, Elnadim, Richard Hannon, A winner of three straight, he beat Square Eddie on Kempton’s synthetic track.
94. Saratoga Sinner, 3-1-0-1, $26,495, Harlan’s Holiday, Eddie Kenneally, The recent Gulfstream winner appears to be improving.
95. Rescue Squad, 1-1-0-0, $31,800, Dynaformer, Shug McGaughey, Although he won on the turf, he has trained well on dirt.
96. Strategic Decision, 1-0-0-1, $2,200, Distorted Humor, John Ward, Highly regarded, he could realize his potential in Florida.
97. All Saint, 7-2-1-1, $122,400, Skimming, B. Dahl, Winner of a recent Cal-bred stakes, he could be tough within the modest Cal group.
98. Nuclear Wayne, 2-0-1-0, $37,758, Mineshaft, Steve Asmussen, He won impressively in New Orleans but could be a middle-distance type.
99. Gresham, 5-2-1-1, $66,794, Seeking The Gold, James Baker, He never has missed a paycheck and his pedigree says he’ll improve.
100. Guam Typhoon, 0-0-0-0, $0, Distorted Humor, Ian Wilkes, He’s a half-brother to two stakes winners and appears to be training well
written by Gary West, Courtesy of the Star Telegram

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