Mar 162018
 

THE LAND’S END

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM EST.

This Grade 2 race will be held on the Kentucky Dirt track and it is restricted to 3 year olds.  Racing over the distance of 9 furlongs (One mile and an Eighth) and has a total purse of $375,000.

 

The Bluegrass Derby Prep season has brought a full field of hopefuls to this year’s running of THE LAND’S END.  We have 3 horses that have won at the Graded Stakes level before, while 1 entry will be making his first ever Graded start here.  Three entries have posted SP #’s in the triple digits previously.  11 of these colts were born in Kentucky, with 1 each from Canada, Ireland and Chile.  2 of them being scratchbreds.  There is a very slim (5%) chance of precipitation headed our way on race day.

 

NOW LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE HORSES:

1- MADE A FUNNY                  17-1                     gowans                              F. Duffy

STREET SENSE x TAPIT x GULCH                                      DAM: LAUGHING TAPIT

Has been victorious in both of his 3 year old starts, winning the TOUT OU RIEN DIRT CHALLENGE and a NW2L allowance at West Virginia posting a 91 SP in both races.  Will be making graded stakes start and pushing out to 9 panels both for the first time.

 

2- MONTESORI                10-1                    fernando                           J. Piotrowski

CURLIN x STORM CAT x MR. PROSPECTOR                           DAM: YOUNG FERN

First time reaching out for the 9f distance.  Won last race a NW2L allowance at Delaware with an SP of 99.  Finished 8th in his only prior graded entry the G3- NASHUA SPECIAL.  Has 2 wins and 2 seconds from his 6 starts that have been evenly split on the dirt and the turf.

 

3- TOTALIZER                 10-1                             tees                                      J. Drozd

TONALIST x AWESOMKE AGAIN x A.P. INDY        DAM: BENTOVER BACKWARDS

Has been on the board in 4 out of 5 races with 3 victories.  Had his 3 race winning streak snapped in February in the G2- FOUNTAIN OF UTE, his only graded race finishing in 10th.  In his first 3 year old start put up a 96 SP winning a NW3L allowance over 9 furlongs.

4- JAMISON RIDE                 8-1                      james34                               E. Sharp

OUTWORK x CANDY RIDE x UNFUWAIN                                     DAM: MOUNDS

In February came home 5th in the G3- RISEN STAR STAKES with an SP of 97.  Opened the season in a NW3L allowance over 9f coming home in 3rd place.  Had 3 graded starts among his 10 races as a 2 year old, hitting the board in 7 of them with 2 trips to the winner’s circle.

 

5- SEEKING ASYLUM TED         8-1                 hilight                     C. Shoemaker

AWESOME AGAIN x BERNARDINIx RIP VAN WINKLE             DAM: WHODINI T

This will be his third outing of this year after coming home 11th in the G1- VERMONT IS 4 LOVERS and a second in the KOWBOY DIRT ROUTE at Idaho where he posted 99 SP.  Showed third in the G2- FUTURE STAKES at New York last September, one of Shoemaker’s 3 prior rides.  Won 3 out of 8 as a juvenile.

 

6- DREAM TRAIN             13-1                         deyoto                                 B. Kloak

FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND x OASIS DREAM x RAHY                 DAM: ORAHYSIS DREAM

Last outing finished second after leading the first 7f in a NW3L allowance at Indiana, which was his first ever race on the dirt and posted a 96 SP.  Made 3 graded starts on the turf, the best result being a 2nd in the G2- CHAMPAGNE MILE at Victoria.   Had 2 career wins in 6 starts on the turf.

 

7- THE NEXT LIFE              9-1                      dixiedotco                             W. Cahill

UNCLE MO x STREET CRY x ALYDAR

Has made 3 trips to the winner’s circle in just 5 lifetime starts.  Opened his 3 year old campaign with a 5th in the G#- GIANT SLAYER CLASSICover a sloppy Denmark track.  Has been off since October victory in the G3- CORNSTALK by 1 length posting a 94 SP.  Making his first trip at 9 furlongs. 

 

8- QUALITY WING              15-1                     nycowboy                              J. Kirby

QUALITY ROAD x FORTY NINER x STORM BIRD                        DAM: DOCTOR JO ANN

Opened 2018 running 5th in the G2- SAINT VINCENT at California putting up a 96 SP.  Finished juvenile career running in 5 graded events, only hit the board in the first the G2- VERMONT BB JUVENILE winning by a head.  He has made 6 straight graded starts and has 3 wins in 9 career races.

 

9- BY WAY OF KNOCKOUT           5-1                 gerque                              J. White

CONGRATS x ROCKY BAR x MR. PROSPECTOR                      DAM: ROCKY MARCY ANO

Scratched in last week’s FELIPE ALOU to run here.  Has hit the board in 7 of 8 starts.  Just over 3 weeks ago finished 6th in the G2- SLEEPY FAN STAKES.  In December won the G2- MOVIELAND FUTURITY posting a 102 SP.  Has made 5 graded starts in a row but has never went 9f before.

 

 

10- ZUES DANCER               16-1                   sterlingra                                T. Naber

FUSAICHI PEGASUS x MEDAGLIA D’ORO x NUREYEV            DAM: MEDAGLIA DANCER

Will be making first start as a 3 year old here.  Had 2 victories in 6 races as a juvenile.  In December ran second in the G3- SAM’S TOWN DELTA JACKPOT posting a 99 SP over 8.5 f.  Prior race came home in 6th at the G3- CHARCOAL BREEDERS CUP.  Pushing out to get 9 panels for the first time.

 

 

11- A TALE OF POES             12-1                 spinround                          E. Nardone

RELOAD x MEDAGLIA D’ORO x STORM CAT                                DAM: KYTHERA

After winning his first 3 races, he now shows 4 victories in 8 lifetime starts.  Began the season with a third place in the GEARED DOWN DIRT MILE a New Mexico putting up a 101 SP.  Made 3 Graded starts as a juvenile with the 4th in the G3- MONTANA FUTURITY on a sloppy track being his best. 

 

 

12- TUMBLE SONG           14-1                 stablechampion                        T. Butler

TUMBLEBRUTUS x LEROIDESANIMAUX x FORTY NINER           DAM: PEGGY GORDON

Comes in off of a win in a 75k allowance at New York.  Before that finished 5th in the MAGICAL ACT DIRT DASH posting a 92 SP in January.  Was entered in 2 graded races as a 2 year old getting a third place in the G2- MIDSOIL STAKES at Spain last July.  He has 4 career victories in 13 races.

 

13- THE ART OF FAILURE          8-1               pointblank                        M. Clooch

LORD NELSON x CURLIN x NIJINSKY 2ND                          DAM: DEUCES WYLDE

Started this year out running 8th in the G1- VERMONT IS 4 LOVERS in his only prior graded race.  Closed out 2017 by posting a 100 SP in winning the MARY WANNA SMOKE DIRT JUVENILE.  Before that a third in the PRINCE LUCKY DIRT JUVENILE.  He has hit the board in 7 out 9 starts with 3 wins.

 

14- NUKA BITTERSWEET        8-1                lenny271                       R. Radzinski

CANDY RIDE x STORM CAT x STREET CRY

Has visited the winner’s circle 3 times and has never missed the board in 5 starts.  Comes in winning first 2 starts of the year, both with Radzinski in the saddle, and both over 9 furlong allowances at New York.  Posted a 98 SP in the February race.  Making his first start at the graded level.

 

RACE ANALYSIS:

MONTESORI & DREAM TRAIN should end up battling it out for the early lead followed by TUMBLE SONG.  Without a ton of early speed, the stalkers could easily find themselves closer to the front than they would like to be led by BY WAY OF KNOCKOUT & A TALE OF POES along with SEEKING ASYLUM TED, ZUES DANCER & THE NEXT LIFE.  This could bode well for a solid group of closers led by THE ART OF FAILURE along with NUKA BITTERSWEET, JAMISON RIDE, QUALITY WING, TOTALIZER & MADE A FUNNY.

 

MY CHOICES:

14- NUKA BITTERSWEET

13- THE ART OF FAILURE

9- BY WAY OF KNOCKOUT

11- A TALE OF POES

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  One Response to “Bluegrass Derby hopefuls invade KY for The Land’s End.”

  1. Thanks JB!