Road to the Triple Crown for - 01-12-10

Jan 12, 2010 5:00 PM


The Road to the Triple Crown starts today and will continue weekly until we’ve reached the Preakness in June.

It’s a good time to start, not just because the 3-year-old stakes races have just begun this past weekend, but because we’ve been posting future odds on the Kentucky Derby (see odds on Page 15).

For anyone interested in making a futures bet on a Derby hopeful, now is the time to do it, since you can often get odds in excess of 100-1 and better.

Speaking of hopefuls, trainer Todd Pletcher should be well-represented in the 3-year-old races, and there’s no doubt he’ll be in the paddock on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs (It happens to be May 1 this year).

It is well documented that Pletcher has never won the Derby, but it is only a matter of time before he breaks through. His operation is too strong and he is too talented a trainer for it not to happen at some point.

Maybe it will be this year … especially after he had such a good campaign with 2-year-olds last year.

One of Pletcher’s better horses is Eskendereya (Giant’s Causeway–Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew), who ran ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which had to be disappointing, but the colt sure looks like he has talent and the right pedigree to get much better quickly.

Another one that Pletcher likes is Discreetly Mine (Mineshaft – Pretty Discreet, by Private Account), who finished runner-up in the Futurity and Champagne, and he runs last week in the Spectacular Bid Stakes, which is probably shorter than the horse needs.

One horse that’s been working well for Pletcher in Florida is Aikenite (Yes It’s True – Silverlado, by Saint Ballado). He ran pretty well in the Breeders’ Cup (finished fifth), and has been working towards a start in the Holy Bull (Jan. 23). He’s a big, robust colt and should appreciate two turns. He’s a pretty straightforward type of horse.

One Pletcher horse that’s been flying under the radar is Mission Impazible (Unbridled’s Song--La Paz, by Hold Your Peace) who’s very talented but was given time off to grow up physically. He’s trained very well and Pletcher is looking forward to his sophomore campaign.

Another horse that has been kept under wraps is Overcommunication (Unbridled’s Song – Jealous Forum, by Open Forum), who broke his maiden impressively at Aqueduct (on Dec. 26). He will definitely be worth watching.

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