El Padrino was impressive on the Triple Crown trail, but has been MIA since the Run for the Roses.
Who wants some stats? Everybody loves stats, probably as much as they love Raymond. We saw one of the most talented crops of juvenile take the stage in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (I), and while a whopping 10 out of 13 of them won stakes leading up to the Derby, we’ve since seen one of the worst injury/retirement rates hit the sophomore male crop:
- Out of 20 Derby runners, 6 of them have been pronounced retired.
- Out of the top 5 finishers of the Derby, only Dullahan is still currently active.
- Out of all 20, only Alpha is being [definitively] considered for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (I).
- 5 of them suffered some type of injury ranging from minor to career-ending between the 3 TC races.
- Trinniberg is a possible for the BC Sprint, Dullahan a probable for Turf or possibly Classic.
- Daddy Nose Best, Optimizer, and Dullahan are now career turf/synth horses.
- 5 of the 20 runners have not made a start since the Triple Crown wrapped.
- Post-Triple Crown stakes winners: Optimizer (G3 Kent on grass), Dullahan (G1 Pacific Classic on synthetic), Alpha (G2 Jim Dandy and G1 deadheat in Travers), Prospective (G3 Ohio Derby), and Trinniberg (G2 Woody Stephens, sprint).
- The only horses to have raced against older horses so far this year: Dullahan, Prospective, Daddy Long Legs. Only Dullahan has won against them, and by a nose.
Looking back, was this one of the best years or one of the worst years for three-year-old talent, or should we blame the temptations the breeding industry offers?