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2012 Derby Trial Preview: Likely Entries

Derby Trial

Let’s take a look at the likely entries to be entered into the 2012 Derby Trial field.


The 2012 Derby Trial will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 28th, and we wanted to take a second to preview the likely entries running for their share of the $200,000 purse.  This race has a distance of a mile on dirt and three-year-olds makes will make up the field for the 2012 Derby Trial.


The Derby Trial used to be considered one of the top Kentucky Derby preps, but the race is so late in the horse racing season nowadays that is doesn’t attract the stars it did in its heyday.  Macho Again was really the last notable Derby Trial winner back in 2008, and he went on to finish 2nd in the Preakness Stakes that year.


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2012 Derby Trial – Likely Entries:


Shared Property – The only horse with a chance at the Kentucky Derby, Shared Property needs a Derby Trial win to even be considered.  He’s raced at the graded level his last 5 races but has finished no better than 3rd in his last 4.  He has plenty of experience on dirt at a mile or longer, and has won in his only career race at exactly a mile.


Paynter – Was 4th in a tough Santa Anita Derby field in his first career race at longer than 5 ½ furlongs, and this guy still has tons of potential.  That being said, he’s short on experience but I have a feeling that the 1-mile distance will suit him well.


Bourbon Courage – This is a big step up in competition for the son of Kentucky Derby runner-up Lion Heart, but he’s also undefeated.  Bourbon Courage broke his maiden at 6 furlongs and then also won next time up in an allowance race.  The bad news is that he’s never raced outside of The Fairgrounds and has also never gone longer than 6 furlongs.


Hierro – Took 3 tries to break his maiden, but it’s worth noting that he finally did so on the dirt at Churchill Downs in his only career race here.  This Derby Trial likely entry was 5th in the Sham Stakes before coming up a disappointing 4th in an allowance at Santa Anita last time out.


The Black – It’s been a strange journey for The Black.  He tried 4 times to break his maiden on 3 different surfaces before giving it up to run an 8th in the Eddie Logan on turf.  He then broke his maiden at Santa Anita after switching back to dirt and has since looked impressive with a 1st place finish at 6 ½ furlongs and a 2nd place finish in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie.  He seems to prefer dirt but has never had success at anything longer than 7 furlongs.


Saint of Saints – This is one of the Derby Trial likely entries that I’m interested in seeing odds on.  Saint of Saints was 2nd at Gulfstream Park in his first maiden-breaking attempt before finally getting the win on the same track about a month ago.  He’s raced at 7 furlongs on dirt both times and I could see him competing with this field.


Quick Wit – Broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park in his 3rd try and then switched over to graded stakes races.  Quick Wit finished 3rd in the Hutcheson Stakes before coming up empty in the Swale last time out.  He has plenty of dirt experience and this will be his first race at a mile or longer.  It will be interesting to see how he stretches out in the Derby Trial.


Nonios – He’s switching over from synthetic at Golden Gate, but he’s also one of the first likely entries into the 2012 Derby Trial that has a win at this mile distance.  It was in an allowance race, however, and this undefeated three-year-old has only ever raced against lesser competition.


Laurie’s Rocket – The most experienced horse set to be in the Derby Trial field, Laurie’s Rocket has 10 career races and is fresh off a win in the Bachelor at Oaklawn Park with Calvin Borel on board.  He has raced twice at Churchill Downs and was 2nd in his first attempt to break maiden before picking up an allowance win here 4 races later.


Kid Sidney – This Derby Trial long shot broke his maiden at Oakland at 1 1/16 miles but has finished 3rd and 2nd in his 2 allowance goes since then.  I’m not sure if he’s fast enough, but I do like the fact that all 3 of his career races have been longer than a mile and on dirt.


Stealcase – This youngster was well over his head in his 5th place finish in the Spiral and 6th place finish in the Gotham, but he might have a better go here after taking on some of the best three-year-olds in the business in those races.  He took 3 tries to break his maiden but finally did so when stretched out past a mile.


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