Haskin's Derby Watch -- Week 4 (Cont.)

21 -- French Assault/Keith Desormeaux; French Deputy-Carly's Crown, by Wild Again

Not sure he's really a mile and a quarter horse, but he's certainly talented enough to make a name for himself in the upcoming stakes. Ran a bang-up race in Breeders' Cup Juvenile and showed excellent turn of foot in last start at Sam Houston. May need a race, but should run big in Risen Star.

22 -- Azillion/Bob Hess; Alzao-Olivia, by Ela-Mana-Mou

If Pelirrojo is the real deal, then this colt certainly is as well. Hess still not quite sure what he has, but he does know the talent is there. Plenty of European stamina blood, and inbred to Sir Gaylord. Lots of scope for improvement. Will run next in either San Rafael, El Camino Real Derby, or an allowance race if one fills.

23 -- Booklet/John Ward; Notebook-Crafty Bobbie, by Bob's Dusty

Ward happy as can be the way he's training up to Fountain of Youth. Turned in a sharp 5-furlong drill in 1:00. Pedigree is a bit of an enigma, and combined with front-running style, the 1 1/4 miles is a question mark. Would like to see him show he rate behind horses on Saturday.

24 -- Sunday Break/Neil Drysdale; Forty Niner-Catequill, by Storm Cat

Breezed 6 furlongs in 1:16 2/5 at Hollywood. Normally, makes it a practice not to list horses who have only won a maiden race, but this colt's victory was extremely impressive, and we're looking for potential stars wherever we can find them.

25 -- Grey Beard/Graham Motion; Unbridled's Song-Danzig Darling, by Danzig

Breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02 4/5 for Fountain of Youth. Motion says he's not a big workhorse; caught him galloping out 6 furlongs in 1:17. Last time out, defeated Monthir, who came back and ran huge in Hutcheson Stakes. Like with so many others, we'll know soon enough.

26 -- Blue Burner/Bill Mott; French Deputy-Haiati, by Alydar

An undefeated colt is always intriguing, but we really have no indication from this colt's past races and competition just how good he is. He's basically just another of the several guesses going into the Fountain of Youth. Mott likely just looking for a good effort to see how he fits with these horses.

27 -- Fonz's/David LaCroix; Out of Place-Seton's Encounter, by Spring Double

Up to 5 furlongs in his works, as he preps for San Rafael. That would mean only two starts likely before Derby, and he doesn't have the racing foundation. In addition, his pedigree does not shout mile and a quarter. No doubt a very fast, talented colt, but still has to prove himself going two turns.

28 -- Request for Parole/ Steve Margolis; Judge T C-Madison's Quest, by Deputy Minister

We're probably not going to know too much about him until he tackles the heavy hitters in the Spiral Stakes. Prospective deal for the colt fell through, so he'll likely continue on the Turfway route.

29 -- It'sallinthechase /Wilson Brown; Take Me Out-Limestone Landing, by Red Ryder

Breezed 5 furlongs in 1:03. Fanned 5-wide in Lecomte and was flying through final furlong to finish third, beaten 3/4 of a length. Has shown good closing kick at distances from 5 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles.

30 -- -- Bob's Image/ Dallas Stewart; Halo's Image-Gray Flannel, by Darn That Alarm

Broke maiden by 9 lengths, then captured a mile and 40-yard allowance race at Fair Grounds by 2 1/2 lengths. If he can compete with the Lecomte horses and Repent in the Risen Star, then he'll be a serious factor in the Louisiana Derby.

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: To be perfectly honest, the majority of horses on this list are a guess. There is so much to be learned from this weekend's Fountain of Youth and Risen Star, there's no question the list will undergo a major overhaul next week. As of now, if we were playing the first Derby Future Wager Pool, we'd put a nice bet down on the mutuel field, but expect it to be bet down to very low odds this year. If we could get a package with relative unknowns SPEED HUNTER, QUEST STAR, WINDWARD PASSAGE, PERSONAL REWARD, and FORTY NINE DEEDS, we'd be quite content. All are sitting on breakout races after impressive allowance efforts and have pedigrees that say they'll get better the farther they go. We're also looking forward to HOLDTHEHELM'S next start. Toiling in sprint races, several on turf, he finally stretched out on the dirt and did a number on Definite Edge, whom Dave Hofmans was very high on. He turned in a solid 6-furlong drill in 1:15 2/5, indicating he's just about ready. Keeping a close eye on CLERGY, who is undefeated in two sprints; training sharply and pointing for Southwest Stakes. Coolmore's $1.5 million yearling MONARCHOFTHEGLEN, formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, quietly training up a storm at Payson Park for Niall O'Callaghan; A.P. Indy colt out of Alydar mare. Watch the entries soon for this one. Didn't like having to drop Hutcheson winner SHOWMEITALL off list, but he still has to show he wants to go on. In the "If Only They Had More time" category, recent maiden winners SEARCHER, QUEST, and BUDDHA all look like very talented horses, but have an awful lot of catching up to do. Nick Zito keeps sending out winners. In addition to Quest, he saddled TRAIGHT GIN and MIGHTY GULCH to two-turn allowance victories. PUERTO BANUS ran a solid race in the Sham, but needs to show more kick in the stretch. Hard-luck maiden BATTLER BOB broke badly in race vs. Searcher, threw a shoe and tore off a good chunk of the wall of his hoof; still rallied for second, but will be out until summer. LASER ZONE wired Windward Passage and Forty Nine Deeds in Fair Grounds allowance.

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