Handicapping

Chitu gets his chance to shine and does

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 3-23-14)

With the announced March 23 that Honor Code is injured and off the Derby Trail and the emergence of two Bob Baffert-trained colts it’s time to see some movement on this list. I’m going to recap what happened during the weekend in the Spiral and Sunland and then list the colts.

A little more than a week ago it looked like trainer Bob Baffert was going to be on the outside…



We Miss Artie wins Spiral Stakes, but …

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 3-23-14)

You must take a close look at We Miss Artie after his win in the Spiral Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Although I think he is a pure synthetic and turf horse, it seems that colts that run well on the Polytrack at Turfway and Keeneland seem to do well on the dirt at Churchill Downs.

I don’t like the horse at all as a pure dirt horse,…



Hoppertunity shows determination in winning Rebel

Mar 16th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 3-15-14)

Hoppertunity may have become trainer Bob Baffert’s best Kentucky Derby hope when he won the Rebel Stakes on March 15 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He battled the length of the stretch and beat Southwest winner Tapiture by a neck.

The winner picked up 50 points and Tapiture 20 on their way to the Kentucky Derby. Ride on Curlin got 10 and Strong Mandate received 5 for finishing fourth…



California Chrome is best in the West, and maybe …

Mar 8th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 3-13-14)

California Chrome wowed the racing world Saturday with a dominating win in the San Felipe at Santa Anita Park. It was the second fastest time ever (1:40.59) for the stakes race and he was geared down in the final sixteenth of a mile. He was eight lengths in front at the finish. He could back in the Santa Anita Derby, but with the 50 points he received in winning the San…



Top Billing fractures right front leg, off Derby trail

Mar 1st, 2014 | By test

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 3-8-14)

Top Billing is off the Triple Crown trail after fracturing his right front cannon bone during a workout March 8 at Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla. The 3-year-old son of  Curlin and was third in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.

I’m listing the number of points each horse has behind their names.

Cairo Prince (14) is by Pioneerof the Nile and dominated the Grade 2 Holy Bull and stay here until…



Cairo Prince still has top spot on Derby 20

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 2-22-14)

With the running the Fountain of Youth and the Risen Star where the winners each received 50 points, it’s time to shake up the list. I have to now include horses that I may not like on the list because they probably will be the horses in the Kentucky Derby.

I will also list the number of points each horse has behind their names.

Cairo Prince (14) is by Pioneerof the…



Tapiture sits atop Derby points list with 22

Feb 17th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 2-17-14)

Tapiture won the Southwest Stakes on Feb. 17 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. and by doing so he jumped to the top the Derby points list with 22. I’m not going to elevate him to the top of this list because I would only change that after the upcoming Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream and the Risen Star at Fair Grounds (both on Feb. 22).

The top three colts…



Tamarando may be able to pick up some pieces

Feb 15th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 2-15-14)

Tamarando won the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California on Feb. 15 and now sit in fourth place on the Kentucky Derby points list but I’m going to stick him near the bottom of my list because I think he’s a horse that picks up pieces.

If he makes it to the Derby and it looks like there will be a hot pace, he’s one to…



Candy Boy on Derby trail after Robert B. Lewis win

Feb 8th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 2-13-14)

Candy Boy is the latest horse to jump on the Kentucky Derby list after he won the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.

The top three colts will remain where they are. Candy Boy ran a good race but I was more impressed with the others.

Cairo Prince is by Pioneerof the Nile and dominated the Grade 2 Holy Bull.

Honor Code is by AP…



Samraat proves he for real with Withers victory

Feb 1st, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Ron Correll
Senior columnist
Tracksideview.com

(Updated 2-1-14)

Cairo Prince will stay atop the Kentucky Derby list, but Samraat lived up to my confidence in him when he outdueled Uncle Sigh to win the Grade 3 Withers on Feb. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The top three colts on the list are interchangeable because I think they have great potential.

Cairo Prince is by Pioneerof the Nile and dominated the Grade 2 Holy Bull.

Honor Code is by AP Indy…