2015 Kentucky Derby Prep Horses To Watch
J S Bach:
Expectations were high when this son of Tale of the Cat launched his career against fellow Florida-breds in a 5 1/2F maiden special weight contest last December 19 at Gulfstream Park. But J S Bach settled for a non-threatening second to new stablemate R Limo Joe while eight lengths ahead of the show finisher that day. Trainer Todd Pletcher brought his charge back at Gulfstream 30 days later to stretch out to 1 1/16m against open company and the colt delivered a romping 8 ½-length victory as the odds-on favorite against 11 overmatched rivals. With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez aboard for the return engagement, J S Bach covered the distance in 1:44.61 and was given a 90 BRIS Speed Rating, three points below the 93 earned in his debut. A homebred for owner Donald R. Dizney's Double Diamond Farm, the bay of out of the Pulpit mare Ten Carat Lady and was foaled on March 10, 2012. J S Bach's maiden-breaker boosted his earnings to $33,960 and Pletcher will decide between and allowance race or stakes attempt for the colt's next start.
Kiaran McLaughlin nearly won the Kentucky Derby in 2055 when Closing Argument took command in the stretch only to be passed by the late-running Giacomo, and the conditioner has been trying to get to the elusive winner's circle under the Twin Spires ever since. He may have his best chance in 2015 with Frosted, a son of red-hot sire Tapit and the Deputy Minister mare Fast Cookie. Campaigned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin Racing LLC, Frosted was highly-regarded in the barn before finishing a distant runner-up to subsequent Kip Deville S. champ Bayerd in a 6F Saratoga maiden race on August 23. The colt improved in his next outing, a 6 ½F Belmont Park contest for non-winners four weeks later, when he again settled for second but was beaten less than a length. His breakthrough effort came when Frosted finally stretched out to a mile and romped by 5 ¼ lengths on October 30 at Aqueduct. With Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard for the first time, the colt hit the wire in 1:36.19 and was given a career-best 94 BRIS Speed Rating. Bred by in Kentucky by Darley, Sheikh Mohammed's global thoroughbred breeding operation, the aptly-named gray/roan was foaled on April 18, 2012. Frosted has banked $70,600 in his three starts, and McLaughlin said he may try to increase that total and earn Derby qualifying points in the prestigious $400,000 G2 Remsen S. on November 29 at Aqueduct.
Graded Stakes Races
Ocala Training Center: OBS Championship S., $100,000, 3yo c&g, 8.5f
Ocala Training Center: OBS Championship S., $100,000, 3yo f, 8.5f
Ocala Training Center: OBS Sprint S., $50,000, 3yo f, 6f
Ocala Training Center: OBS Sprint S., $50,000, 3yo c&g, 6f
Aqueduct: Ladies H., $100,000, 4&up f&m, 9f
Gulfstream Park: H. Allen Jerkens S., $75,000, 4&up, 16f
Oaklawn Park: Martha Washington S., $100,000, 3yo f, 8f
Santa Anita Park: Arcadia S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up, 8f
Santa Anita Park: Las Virgenes S. (G1), $300,000, 3yo f, 8f
Santa Anita Park: Palos Verdes S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up, 6f
Tampa Bay Downs: Lambholm South Endeavour S. (G3), $150,000, ...
Tampa Bay Downs: Sam F. Davis S. (G3), $250,000, 3yo, 8.5f
Tampa Bay Downs: Suncoast S., $100,000, 3yo f, 8.32f
Turfway Park: 96ROCK S., $75,000, 3yo, 6.5f.
Aqueduct: Franklin Square S., $125,000, 3yo f, 6f
Santa Anita Park: San Vicente S. (G2), $200,000, 3yo, 7f