Opinion: Dennis Trusty Does “Deep Dive” On 3 Latest KY Derby Preps | Technoscoob

(Reincarnate wins G3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita / Benoit Photograph & Courtesy of Santa Anita)

By Dennis Trusty:

Lugan Knight Holds Off Artic Blast within the Jerome;

Scoobie Quando Debuts in a Dazzling Effort in Turfway Prevue;

Reincarnate Rises Up To Spring The Shock In The Sham 

It was wire to wire style for Lugan Knight, who was gritty as Artic Conceitedness was trying frosty the complete journey, respiratory down on his neck the complete mile.

The primary quarter mile was up in 23.41 earlier than being slowed right down to a 47.70 for the half mile time. Basic Banker did make a 4-wide transfer halfway by means of the flip to complete 3rd.

I believe Artic Conceitedness and Jose Lezcano thought that they had Lugan Knight in hassle, at one level. Lezcano seemed like he was taking a few appears to be like again to see competitors which may be coming. The three quarters up in 1:12.73.

However off the flip,  Artic Conceitedness turned his head kinda sideways, possibly since he has by no means handed horses to win a race earlier than, and Lugan Knight was gritty the complete time — not letting anybody get by.  A recreation Dylan Davis was aboard and supplied loads of left-handed urging.

I don’t wish to take something away from Lugan Knight, however I believe if Artic Conceitedness received the lead or possibly took the lead within the flip, it may need been a unique final result.

This effort flatters Victory Formation, who gained a Derby Prep final week for Brad Cox. Lugan Knight completed Victory Formation final outing at Churchill Downs. These 2 had been in entrance of the remainder of the sector by about 8 lengths, in a remaining time 1:37.77.

Successful Jockey Dylan Davis, Successful Coach Michael W McCarthy, Successful Proprietor Bg Stables, Lugan Knight’s Sire Goldencents Dam Sly Roxy.  

Trusty’s Closing Evaluation: Race Grade B was good efforts from the highest 2 however each want to enhance.  

Going to Florence, KY. and the Turfway Preview Stakes — which was value a whopping $125,000 purse cash — and there was a shocking debut in Scoobie Quando for Ben Colebrook in a come from behind victory.

It was a 5-horse discipline with the scratch of Drew’s Gold. All broke nicely apart from coach Tommy Quick’s #4 Accident. As anticipated, Retained shot out to the lead, with Confirmed Proper on his flank. It made for an ideal journey right here with rider Luan Machado on Scoobie Quando.

As as first-timer,  you wish to be in an ideal spot — all by your self with no horse bothering you — and he was completely positioned exterior and in 3rd with no troubles.

The time was sort of fast for Turfway Park — going 22.59 within the first quarter. On the half mile pole, Malcom Franklin peeked again and seemed to be on the lookout for Accident and Scoobie Quando. At the moment, his wrist motion picked up, as he noticed Accident in his rear-view mirror.

On the 3-furlong marker,  Retained broke free with a few size and a half lead, however Scoobie Quando was monitoring him down. Accident tried to select up some tempo, however drained late and gave up. Scoobie Quando received previous Retained narrowly within the win.

Successful Jockey Luan Machado, Successful Coach Ben Colebrook, Successful House owners Andrew N Warren And Rania Warren. Sire Uncle Mo, Dam Daveron (Germany). Closing time for six ½ furlongs  

Trusty’s Closing Evaluation: Race Grade A+. I believe for Scoobie Quando,  the connections anticipated this horse to run an enormous effort and he delivered. This can be a key horse for the Turfway Path to the Derby. 

The Sham Stakes was run on Sunday at Santa Anita, and, to start with,  Spun Supposed was pulled up across the 2 furlongs to go mark. I hope that horse is okay. Ideas out to coach Mark Glatt and Edge Racing and Muir Hut Stables LLC.

However the Baffert trio dominated.

Packs a Wahlop didn’t take to the dust, as I anticipated. Reincarnate was going to be the velocity, and it might be a chess match with Spun Supposed. They usually went quick 22.28, 45.57, 1:09.55. However, possibly consequently, the leaders got here house sluggish in 1:35.87.

I believe Nationwide Treasure — who was your heavy Baffert favourite — doesn’t wish to go 2 turns or wish to go that quick, both. He by no means appeared comfy and all the time appeared out run in opposition to everybody within the discipline.

Newgate may be one to observe for jockey Frankie Dettori,  come Derby time. He ran a pleasant race, however simply couldn’t get by Reincarnate.

As for Reincarnate? I believe this was an ideal trip by Juan Hernandez. Cease me while you’ve heard this story earlier than, however Baffert runs 1-2-3 in a Derby Prep.

Successful Jockey Juan Hernandez Successful Coach Bob Baffert Successful Proprietor SF Racing LLC. Starlight Stables LLC. Madaket Stables LLC. et al. Sire Good Magic Dam Allanah 

Trusty’s Closing Evaluation: Race Grade C-. To me it was a nasty race after a turf horse and the primary challenger to Baffert’s trio each pulled up. Nice job by Reincarnate to carry off Newgate, however what does that imply for the Derby image? A number of questions nonetheless stay right here. 

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