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HRI's Triple Crown Power Rankings

The HRI Triple Crown Power Rankings is a consensus opinion of HorseRaceInsider's editorial staff compiled and written by executive editor John Pricci. It is an amalgam of achievement and opinion relative to the merits of the 2013 Triple Crown. The HRI Triple Crown Power Rankings will be adjusted each week following significant prep race developments.


HRI’s Derby Power Rankings 03-26-2008


HRI Derby Power Rankings
Rk.
Horse
HRI
Rating
Equiform:
Last Figure/Top

Next Start

 
1.
Pyro
136
74½/77T
Blue Grass Stakes 4/12

Commentary: Likely to stay at number one until the Blue Grass, and perhaps even after. The juvenile champion has a lot to prove in his next start, principally that his non-effort in the Tampa Bay Derby was an aberration. The road is getting hotter in earnest, beginning this weekend.

2.
Colonel John
128
72/73T
Santa Anita Derby 4/5

Commentary:
He’s never been worse than second in five career starts and showed a promising change of pace in the Sham with tactical speed. As noted previously, versatility is an invaluable trait and he continues to train extremely well for his next assignment.

3.
Cool Coal Man
124
75½T
Blue Grass Stakes 4/12

Commentary:
Has recovered very nicely from his Fountain of Youth exertions, Zito giving the colt the extra time hr needs between starts,. Fierce Wind will represent the barn at Gulfstream Saturday, the Blue Grass two weeks hence might prove this is the best of Zito’s Derby trio.

3.
Georgie Boy
124
72½/77½T*
Santa Anita Derby 4/5

Commentary:
As stated previously, the San Felipe proved he could get two turns successfully, albeit against suspect distance types. But he has undeniable class and excellent foundation. The nine furlong Santa Anita Derby will tell us much, much more.

5.
War Pass
122
63/79¼T
Wood Memorial 4/5

Commentary:
It’s been a quiet week in this camp. The Wood Memorial, or perhaps the Holy Bull, will determine whether the champ makes it into the Louisville starting gate. We haven‘t weakened since last week we’re treating the Tampa Derby as a throw out until proven otherwise.

6.
Denis Of Cork
121
74¾T
Illinois Derby

Commentary:
The barn called an audible and skipped the Rebel in favor of the Wood Memorial. Trainer David Carroll wanted the extra time between starts believing the colt will peak in the start of that, the race that matters. Reports surrounding the camp continue to be favorable.

6.
Elysium Fields
121
74¾T
Florida Derby 3/29

Commentary:
Has improved noticeably with nine-furlong racing and this colt continues to train like a superstar. Drew post 9 in a field of 12 which could ensure another stalking trip like the one producing a strong runnerup Fountain of Youth finish. Barclay Tagg is holding a strong hand.

8.
El Gato Malo
118
72¼/75½T
Santa Anita Derby 4/5

Commentary:
Another West Coast 3-year-old that has continued to train on very well for the Santa Anita Derby. He owns style, speed and class and getting the Kentucky Derby distance still a concern. Empirically, the 9-furlong Santa Anita Derby appears within his scope.

9.
Court Vision
116
73¼T
Wood Memorial 4/5

Commentary:
All of Bill Mott’s charges happen to be doing very well at the moment and the Wood is next for the Remsen winner unless Mott decides to call an audible when Majestic Warrior drew post 10 of 12 for Saturday’s Florida Derby. The trainer says he must run a strong race next week to have an excellent chance four weeks later.

10.
Visionaire
110
74¼T
Blue Grass Stakes 4/12

Commentary:
Like Cool Coal Man, Visionaire’s connections opted for the Blue Grass next because they wanted more time and a final prep on a Polytrack surface. Cannot second guess he top connections. As we said last week, his brilliance may be questionable but his pedigree is not.

10.
Adriano
110
75
Lexington Stakes 4/19

Commentary:
His connections believe he’s better on turf and his form transferred very nicely to Polytrack in taking the G2 Lane’s End last week at Turfway Park. But he was always in the race despite the swift early pace and he finished very strongly in full powerful stride. He earned his way into the HRI Power Rankings and merits attention.


*=Equiform sprint figure
T=Equiform Lifetime Top
/=Most Recent Equiform Figure/Lifetime Top


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