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More Derby Buzz for Mr. Fantasy

February 06, 2009 · By · Share

One horse who already is buzzing up the charts is New York-bred MR. FANTASY (Equibase past performances here), who has the performances to back up his catchy name. We wrote that his maiden win was superstar-hinting in this year's inaugural "Countdown," and I'm convinced that's where he's headed. Kiaran McLaughlin's second-time starter turned in the best allowance race in America this year, hands-down, with Sunday's 1 1/16 miles promenade at Aqueduct. State-breds or not, you had to be impressed to see a horse make the lead from post 10 with ease while being restrained, not gunned. The son of E Dubai is a half-brother to G2 Indiana Derby winner Tin Cup Chalice and appears to have much more brilliance than big bro. MR. FANTASY spurts when asked, like a push-button horse should, and cornered magnificently on the far turn of his two-turn unveiling. And his lineage links back to none other than Silky Sullivan, even if MR. FANTASY's natural speed is the polar opposite of that historic runner.


Jeremy's top 20: Sixth week of the 2009 season

1. Old Fashioned

11. Imperial Council

2. Patena

12. Friesan Fire

3. Mr. Fantasy (new)

13. Taqarub

4. Midshipman

14. Beethoven

5. Vineyard Haven

15. The Pamplemousse

6. Pioneerof The Nile

16. Free Country

7. Hello Broadway

17. Chocolate Candy

8. Capt. Candyman Can

18. I Want Revenge (new)

9. Silver City

19. Mr. Hot Stuff (new)

10. Notonthesamepage

20. Soul Warrior (new)

Courtesy of espn.com, written by Jeremy Plonk, 2/6/09

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