Haskin's Derby Watch: Week 2 (Cont.)

19 -- Trust N Luck/Ralph Ziadie; Montbrook-Bold Burst, by Dahar

Breezed a slow mile in 1:48 3/5 at Calder for the Fountain of Youth, where we should find out if his brilliant 11-length romp in the Whatapleasure was a fluke or if he's that talented? His speed figures were from another planet. Broodmare sire is a son of the great Dahlia. Should have no problem stretching out.

20 -- Peace Rules/Bobby Frankel; Jules-Hold to Fashion, by Hold Your Peace

He's shown he can handle the dirt in the mornings. Worked 5 furlongs at Hollywood in 1:00 2/5. His two stakes victories have come on the grass, but his breeding says dirt, and he runs like a dirt horse. His two dirt races at Saratoga on dirt last year weren't bad. Sire is beautifully bred, handsome horse who had a lot of potential.

20 -- Siberland/Kevin Lewis; Siberian Summer-Valley Deb, by Debonair Roger

We'll find out a little more about him in this weekend's Turf Paradise Derby. But he'll still have to show he can duplicate his remarkable form in Southern California. He did run two big races at Del Mar, so he's probably not just a local sensation. His last four races – two at Turf Paradise and two at Del Mar – have been absolutely brilliant, winning by an average margin of seven lengths.

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: Another Baffert colt, APALACHIAN THUNDER, upset a top-class allowance race, beating highly touted ATSWHATIMTALKNBOUT and LISTEN INDY, but did come home in :26 2/5 for final quarter, and Listen Indy came out of the race with sore shins. But his blazing early fractions account for the slow final quarter. From the folks who brought you Came Home and Free House comes BUCKLAND MANOR, who broke his maiden by 5 lengths stretching out to two turns; bred to run all day, with a beautifully balanced 2-2-15-5-4 dosage profile, an emphasis on the stamina wings, and a mouth-watering 0.70 DI. Don't overlook OUR BOBBY V.'s effort in the Santa Catalina in his first test against quality horses. He just has to learn to curtail his speed if he's going to be a top Derby contender. SOUTHERN IMAGE, who ran off from MINISTERS WILD CAT in his only start, has two strong 6-furlong works under his belt and should return loaded for bear; could be any kind. Plenty of stamina in his female family. Look for Carl Nafzger's impressive maiden winner AFFABLE in the Gulfstream entries. Frankel-trained MIDAS EYES drilled 6 furlongs in 1:13 1/5; ready for allowance race. CHRISTINE'S OUTLAW, who romped by 11 1/4 lengths in a Gulfstream maiden race, breezed an easy 5 furlongs in 1:04 2/5 at Palm Meadows.

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