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The Virtual Triple Crown series is finally here and it starts with the 1 mile Digital Derby this Wednesday! The site’s feature series has a couple new changes to mention as we get closer to post time. The Triple Crown series is just that now, a series where each horse will now receive points based on finishing position in each leg. The horse with the most points after the conclusion of the series will receive a 50Kc bonus as well as any purse money they made along the way. This change has been added to keep the entries up for each leg and also reward the trainers who participate in each race. A trophy for winning one or multiple legs of the series has also been added this season. The trophy will be added to the prospective horse’s page and breeding page so trainers can easily identify race winners or Triple Crown pedigrees.
As with season’s past, a 300Kc bonus and a Triple Crown trophy will be given to any horse that can capture the Triple Crown by winning all three legs. So far only the legendary race mare SHEZA TROLL has accomplished the feat to this point.
Last season it was the talented BlueChip Farm gelding create GOTCHA BABY who broke from the extreme 12 post that day and closed from far back to be victorious in last season’s renewal of the Digital Derby. The series has paved the way to the Championship Finals and Horse of the Year honors as back-to-back HOY champion TEMPLE OF SAKKARA also captured the first leg of this series on his way to becoming a household name in racing.
A full field of 12 will go postward tomorrow night in hopes of making history in what should be an exciting race. Without further ado let’s meet the field!
The 4 time Trainer of the Year TNT sends out the 3 YO son of TARYNSGONNABEATIGER in hopes of breaking through this season in the midst of an 0 for 12 slide. His last win was over two months ago in the Juvenile Route Conso, however, he’s mustered a few minor shares since then albeit against lesser foes. He does have early speed and the rail draw to work with tomorrow night, but this spot seems like a pretty big ask given his sophomore resume.
#2 OLIVER HAS HIS WAY
The Greeko Holdem trained son of MIKE OLIVER was an also ran in the Juvy Sprint Conso last season, but has had a solid sophomore campaign collecting 4 wins and 2 places in 10 runs so far this season. He’s been a versatile type throughout his career notching wins from on or off the pace and can be placed anywhere early on for his best. He’s kept good company in the sprint and classic qualifiers this season, including a couple of wins in the sprint series, but I wonder how effective he can be at tonight’s 1 mile distance. Likely needs to take another step forward off his last for a minor share.
The current Season 35 leading conditioner Trunoble Lodge sends out the talented sophomore son of ECKO a bronze medalist in the Juvy Sprint Final behind fellow entrymate and half brother SPEEDY ECKO who captured the sprint title last season. A difficult post assignment is on tap tomorrow night for this talented 3 YO, but he seems to excel at these classic distances given his prior success at the 1 mile distance; winning the Greek Classic (turf) and a nice 3rd in the Chat Room Legends as a juvenile. He tends to lay just off the pace when drawn inside and if he can find a way to avoid being caught wide early he may be able to sneak into the exotics if not win the race. The first couple of furlongs will tell us how much of a shot he really has.
#4 BOY I’M QUICK
Has been ridden just 4 times this season for top conditioner Star of the Desert who in contrast, sent this talented gelding create to post a staggering 30 times as a freshman. Whether his conditioner is saving a few runs for the most important series of the year, or he’s been put away on extended summer break he’s still a very dangerous horse as evidenced by his fast wire-to-wire score last week over Route Qualifier foes. The Juvenile Route Champion has won most of his sizable bankroll in distances at or beyond 10F and while he may be getting back on the beam with his sharp score last week I prefer this runner at the route distances.
Another TNT homebred and first filly to analyze for tomorrow’s program comes into this race off two sharp Division scores, in particular the 9F wire-to-wire job two back in a snappy 1:48.84. While she did stop the clock in a flashy time she did it without pressure up front and only had to face 3 others that day. She’s risen through the division ranks with relative ease throughout her career, but my biggest reason against her tomorrow is her poor record against stakes foes 0 for 11 tries including champ qualifiers.
#6 ALEX THE GREAT
The classier of the 2 Greeko Holdem entries has come back down to earth some what since his sparkling freshman season and 5-3-0 start to his career. The Create Million Champion and runner up in the Create Breeders Cup Sprint continued his success earlier this season with a resounding win in the 1 mile Digital Downs Daily stakes on opening week against homebreds. The time of that race 1:34.72 was good for a 98 speed figure and good enough for his connections to pursue a Championship road against homebreds. Since the stakes triumph, he’s had limited success, however, against qualifiers and was only able to secure minor board placings until he broke through last week in a 7F turf event. Most of his experience and success have been at these classic distances and perhaps the turf score last week was a precursor to him finding his good form again. Has a solid shot to be on the podium here.
Likely the most talented of the 5-headed TNT trained monster here, she qualified for all 3 Champ Finals last season although she was left off the podium in all but the Classic Finals finishing a distant 3rd. At 3 she’s collected 4 more wins and bolstered her earnings just north of 625Kc. She’s poised again to make the Sprint and Classic Final this season and may possess the best early speed in this field, although she’s versatile enough to be rated and make a strong late run. I like the fact she’s drawn well and will have the services of 2nd leading rider at the meet Curatolo in the irons. The 2 lb filly weight allowance will further benefit her chances and makes her my top selection tonight.
#8 MARLA’S CLONE
The lightly race TC Farms trainee has adopted the BOY I’M QUICK workload this season and has only be sent postward 4 times. The 3rd and last filly of the field had a short yet solid juvenile campaign highlighted by her her score in the Classic Conso. At 3 she’s won 1 of 4 races and placed in 2 Classic Qualifier events to maintain her good form. Veteran rider Garcia will get the leg up on this fast closing daughter of ASSASSIN’S CREED. Her outside post and closing running style should set her up well for a big trip tomorrow. My 3rd choice.
#9 SPEEDY ECKO
The powerful 3 YO son of ECKO captured his connections 3rd Championship in last season’s massive 650Kc Sprint Final. The gray, however, has been battling the sophomore jinx and has been denied that elusive 5th win. While he did triumph in one of the biggest races last season he’s shown more of a tendency to “share” when the real running occurs equating to his 29-4-8-7 record. I do like the fact he’s stretching back out to a mile from sprints and has a strong 2nd place finish in the 1 mile Digital Downs Daily stakes on opening week. Should get the pace to close into, but can he “finish” that late run on the big stage again?
This TNT sophomore gelding dazzled last season on the last day of the meet employing a powerful late run from the extreme outside to win going away in 1:34.65 and adding yet another championship trophy to his conditioner’s already impressive collection. The gelded son of LONEMADEITGO has been noticeably absent from the Champ Qualifiers this season. He’s been campaigned against divisional foes since his dull 8th and last in the Digital Downs Daily Stakes back in September. Perhaps his conditioner noticed this runner needed easier foes to be successful again, or maybe it was his dirt record (18-2-3-0) compared with his much better turf record (16-5-1-4). I’m thinking it was the latter as he’s raced 6 of the last 7 times over the grass. Needs to find last season’s magic and a bit of luck to make an impression against this group over dirt.
The last of the 5 TNT runners is also the half brother to stablemate TARYNCAMEFORBREAKFAST who similarly runs better over the turf (10-3-1-3) compared to his dirt form (15-1-7-5). All but one of his wins have come on the lead and as mentioned above over the grassy going. He has shown the ability to come off the pace in the past, however he’s much more comfortable setting the fractions and trying to hold on late. That scenario doesn’t appear to be very likely given his outside draw. Would appear to be an early pace presence for his entrymate friends.
#12 BIG BAD CROOK
The Crook was a “steal” off the public sales page last season for a mere 60K and has been paying dividends for his current connections enroute to 4 stakes wins and just under 210Kc in earnings. He’s turned a lot of heads last season when he began his career winning 4 of his first 5 races and cruising to an effortless open-length victory in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Stakes. He’s continued his good form into this season winning nearly half of his 9 starts. The Crook gets a big bad “ugly” 12 post and more ground to cover tomorrow night, however, this race historically has been kind to those given an outside draw and his eye-catching wire-to-wire victory 2 back against Classic Qualifier foes at 9 panels in 1:48.42 makes me think the trip won’t be so “bad”. Needs to save enough fuel for the stretch drive avoid being hooked with my top choice. Get’s the nod for 2nd.
Picks: 7, 12, 8