It has been a while since I shed commentary on the two wonder colts, Cozmic One and Jess’s Dream. I always felt anything beyond a word here and there about how they looked physically was speaking too soon. But now as they are both officially two-year-olds in training at a major racetrack with top trainers to go with their tack, it seems time for a revisit. What are the odds that Coz and Taco can run like their great parents, and how do they size up as individuals?
Coz is a very impressive individual overall with the promise to look doubly good as he gets older. He has a bit of an “uphill” conformation and looks like he will crave that classic distance. Photo by Alys Emerson.
The morning of Whitney Day I stood at the edge of the Oklahoma training track, remarking to a fellow photographer friend (we were both hopeful on Wise Dan, who at the time was only a “hopeful” to actually breeze that day) about wanting to see Cozmic One if I couldn’t catch the Dan. On that point, we both agreed as well as on the matter of how very awkward he often looked. Not “hide the children” awkward, but “I’m going to be a handsome guy in college” awkward. Around year one he went into the typical ugly yearling phase, and has since struggled to grow into the behemoth body with a very big head and ears to match.
Pedigree-wise, he represents some great racing families, but from a nicking perspective, I would be surprised if a bloodline generator found the cross of Bernardini and daughters of Street Cry [IRE] to be anything good (I haven’t tried it). With the exception of To Honor and Serve, I’ve just never liked anything Bernardini, finding most of them wanting and rather particular to a surface. A typical good Bernardini makes himself known at two and gets better with age, and one of the best signs you can get from a pedigree perspective is a consistently good female family, which Coz definitely has through Zenyatta and Vertigineux. I would be surprised if he won at distances shorter than 1 1/16 miles and showed his best before well into his three-year-old year. He’ll probably like dirt best, especially off-goings.
Unfortunately, a yearling conformation shot will have to suffice as Stonestreet does not appear to provide very fantastic coverage of Jess’s Dream as he grows up. I’m not terribly crazy about this shot, but here he begins to muscle out nicely like he could be good at two.
Despite liking Zenyatta more than Rachel Alexandra, Jess’s Dream was probably the more impressive foal, yearling, and possibly now two-year-old by my last count. Both of his parents were absolute powerhouses in the spring of their 3-year-old year, and so far he appears to be stepping up the ladder where he could get the experience now, and be even better as the months go by. If Jess is not fast, I will be surprised looking at him as he is now.
Pedigree-wise, I admit I am not crazy about Curlins. Palace Malice was the obvious exception, being a very impressive colt at two and very talented at age 3 and 4 winning at just about any distance given to him. The funny thing about Curlin and Rachel as well, is that they both appear to be turf-capable, but excelled on dirt. Curlin has shown he can produce a fine turf horse as well as a dirt horse, so in the event Jess does not take dirt in his face, turf could be the answer. Either way, Preakness horses tend to pass on speed, so Jess could be entitled to some favoritism early on and going shorter. Of the two colts, I like him better 7-9 furlongs, but the potential is very much there for 10 and busting his maiden as a 2-year-old.