- I don't know if Stormello is good enough to be a Classic winner, but he's as dead game a colt as you'll ever see. William Currin has designated the Florida Derby as his next race.
“We’ve decided to come back there and settle the score with Scat Daddy. I’m convinced he never saw (Scat Daddy) coming. His ears were pricked.He worked five furlongs in 59.60 (2/37) on the Cushion Track last Friday. Victor Espinoza will replace Kent Desormeauex, who will ride Premium Tap in the World Cup that day.
However, he ran a great race and I think we accomplished everything we set out to, giving him exposure in the east. Since then, we’ve received inquiries from five major farms in Kentucky about his stud career. [The Downey Profile]
- Brad Telias, writing for the SportingNews.com, is another who is wondering how the fierce stretch duel of the Tampa Bay Derby will effect Any Given Saturday and Street Sense.
Hard fought contests like the one on Saturday -- strikingly similar to High Yield and Hal's Hope's battle in the 2000 Florida Derby -- often result in both horses emptying their tanks. The one-two Florida Derby finishers wound up 15th and 16th in the Kentucky Derby.However, that race was much closer to the Derby than this race, as well as their final preps, so I don't know if the example is relevant. And I'll repeat my contention that I'm really not concerned about Street Sense - at least not for that reason - and Haskin agrees, noting that he lagged some seven lengths off a moderate pace and then quickly closed in on the leaders under no urging whatsoever from Calvin Borel, who didn’t even go to his whip until just outside the eighth pole. By the way, nobody has expressed the same concern about Scat Daddy, Stormello, and Nobiz Like Shobiz, who slugged it out in the Fountain of Youth and who were obviously much more tired at the end than the TB Derby horses.
- While we're waiting for Equibase to adjust the fractions of the Winstar Oaks, and any resulting Beyer changes that may result, let's mention that Winstar Derby winner Song of Navarone had every right to improve to the 102 Beyer he's been assigned. He's improved his figures in each of his four starts since his debut, and exploded to a 97 running third in the Sham. He had six weeks off to recover from that effort, and came into the race off two nice six furlong works. He's a son of the Hollywood Gold Cup/ Whitney/Woodward winner Sultry Song (Cox's Ridge/Best Turn/Turn-to) out of a mare by Navarone (Irish River/Riverman/Never Bend); so here's another colt descending from non-ND/Mr. P families (he has one instance of Mr. Prospector in his pedigree, none of Northern Dancer). He has inbreeding to Buckpasser (4x5) and Princequillo (5x5) - a lot to like there. Song of Navarone is a half-brother to Celluloid Hero, a sprint stakes winner, but note that that one is by the sprint sire Glitterman.