Trainer Bob Baffert sent out a trio of 3-year-olds coming off stakes wins for four-furlong works at Santa Anita Wednesday, including Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) winner Danthebluegrassman. All three completed their assignments in :48 3/5 on a fast track.
Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman has won two straight stakes races at Golden Gate Fields and will likely go for the hat trick in the Mar. 9 El Camino Real Derby.
In his book "The Tesio Myth", Franco Varola paraphrases one of Federico Tesio's breeding principles as explained in a 1937 interview with The Blood-Horse
as being in choosing "between two pedigrees, he (Tesio) would always prefer the one in which the first five generations had the greater number of classic winners."
Though he would likely prefer a more stout choice of sire, Tesio would be pleased with the number of classic winners in the pedigree of Danthebluegrassman. Danthebluegrassman is out of Storm Cat's half-brother Pioneering and his broodmare-sire line runs up to the stamina rich French Derby winner Herbager and the unraced Vandale in his third and fourth generation, respectively. He is inbred 4x4 to Preakness winner Bold Ruler through Secretariat on the male side of his pedigree and What A Pleasure, sire of Derby winner Foolish Pleasure, on the distaff side. Danthebluegrassman also has two Triple Crown winners (Secretariat and Count Fleet) in his five-generation pedigree, as well as two separate Preakness--Belmont Stakes winners (Nashua and Native Dancer), a Preakness winner Polynesian, and a Belmont winner Pavot. His pedigree also includes a Kentucky Oaks winner (Miss Dogwood) and Olden Times, who won the San Juan Capistrano, giving the chestnut colt another stamina source.
Danthebluegrassman has won three of six starts, with December's Gold Rush Stakes marking his other stakes victory.
Danthebluegrassman is listed at odds of 75-1 by Bally's Kentucky Derby future book, revised on Jan. 23. Recent San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) winner Popular, who has yet to race farther than seven furlongs, is currently 50-1, with Mountain Rage –- a two-time stakes winner on turf -– also at 75-1.
Siphonic fell to co-favorite for the Derby following Saturday's Santa Catalina (gr. II) and is listed at 6-1 with Repent and Johannesburg. Saarland (10-1), Stephentown (12-1) and Santa Catalina winner Labamta Babe (20-1) are next in line.
Werblin, who is listed at 25-1 for the Derby, worked six furlongs in 1:12 Wednesday at Santa Anita for trainer Eduardo Inda. Werblin won an allowance race on opening day of the Santa Anita meet, beating Popular on that occasion, and is being trained up to the Feb. 2 San Vicente.
(Derby Odds, Bally's