Thursday, February 2, 2012

Derby Trail Heating Up


Last week Hansen had a disappointing three-year-old debut in the Holy Bull, even if he did hold on to finish second. He will have a chance to redeem himself most likely in the Fountain of Youth Stakes later this month at Gulfstream Park. Everyone will be waiting to see how he comes back from his stumble at the start and the sloppy track. Algorithms is the horse that upset Hansen and looked very good doing so. He was already on the radar but has now shot up the charts as one of the top three-year-olds to watch after winning his first graded stakes race.

The first weekend in February brings us 3 races on the derby trail. Tampa Bay Downs is host to the G3 Frank F. Davis Stakes where another three-year-old looks to emerge on the derby scene. Aqueduct will host the G3 Withers Stakes, where Alpha is the heavy favorite at 1-1 in the ML odds. On the west coast, Santa Anita will have the 1 1/16 mile, G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. This is the highlight race of the weekend as Liaison and Rousing Sermon meet up again to duke it out after finishing 1-2 in the G1 Cash Ball Futurity back in December.

Robert B. Lewis (G2)
2/4 Santa Anita @ 6:05 EST

6) Rousing Sermon 5-2
Closing strong down the stretch last race, just ran out of distance to catch Liaison.

2) Liaison 9-5
One to beat after victory in the Cash Ball Futurity.

4) Sky Kingdom 6-1
Another Baffert horse looks to improve off a 4th place finish in the Cash Ball.

1) Isn't He Clever 6-1
Has hit the board in all 4 of his races but has yet to run past 7f. Son of Smarty Jones sure to be a crowd favorite if he can prove he belongs.

*Hit the Exacta in the Holy Bull with Algorithms and Hansen. 

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