Derby Season gets rolling on Saturday with two prep races, one at Gulfstream and one at Fair Grounds. The Gulfstream race is the Grade 2 Holy Bull, named in honor of the 1994 Horse Of The Year, and the Fair Grounds race is the Grade 3 Lecomte, named in honor of a progeny of Boston and the Dam, Reel.
The Grade 2 Holy Bull- I have been hyping #4 Piscitelli for this race for a little while now, so I will put him on top. He has not raced since his fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but his last two workouts at Palm Meadows are bullets. The very hyped Zito trainee, #9 Jackson Bend, goes next. He has been off since October, but he also has two straight bullet works coming in. For third, I will go with #1 Thank U Philippe, who adds blinkers and might fetch a nice price at 8-1 on the morning-line. I will round out the top four with #8 Aikenite with John Velazquez aboard.
The Grade 3 Lecomte- I will put the price on top in here with 8-1 shot #5 Citrus Kid as my top selection. He ran third in the Grade 2 Remsen behind the highly-touted Buddy's Saint on November 28 at Aqueduct. His last two works have been bullets. #2 Turf Melody is the weak 7-2 morning-line favorite here. He ran 7th in his only try with graded company, but did win his last two efforts. #6 Callide Valley will be adding blinkers for this go and has the very capable Corey Lanerie in the irons. I will put the offspring of 2000 Preakness winner, Red Bullet, next. That would be #9 Cool Bullet, who won the six-furlong Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds on December 19.
Tune in next weel for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!