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Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Springboard Mile

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December 21st, 2017

Greyvitos proved too good for rivals in the December 17 Springboard Mile, shrugging off a wide trip from post 12 to record a 2 ¼-length decision, and the Malibu Moon colt has now won two straight graded stakes for trainer Adam Kitchingman. The Remington Park feature was a new addition to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series and Greyvitos picked up his first points toward a berth in the first leg of the 2018 Triple Crown.

A 93 BRIS Speed rating was the only disappointing aspect of his performance.

Bred for turf on his female side, the gray Virginia-bred did not fire when making his career debut on grass in July. He was freshened nearly four months afterward, returning with a rallying third in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on Santa Anita’s main track, and Kitchingman decided to try blinkers the third time out in the November 11 Bob Hope (G3) at Del Mar. Greyvitos sped right to the front and led wire-to-wire, registering a 19-1 upset in the 7-furlong test.

Stretching out to two turns, Greyvitos didn’t make the early lead in the Springboard Mile but was kept in the clear by jockey Victor Espinoza. When he made his move to the lead leaving the far turn, the race was over. Last-out maiden winner Combatant, who was favored at 2-1 with Greyvitos the 3-1 second choice, offered a nice rally from just off the pace to finish a clear second but was never a threat to the winner.

Greyvitos easily brought the top BRIS Speed rating into the Springboard Mile, registering a 98 for the Bob Hope. It’s disconcerting to see a lower figure for his first two-turn start but the pace wasn’t fast and the gray colt lost plenty of ground on both turns before winning comfortably. He’ll need to run faster at age 3, but Greyvitos remains an intriguing prospect who could have more to offer.

Here are the top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series:

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

McKinzie

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (1st)

 

100

Instilled Regard

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (2nd)

 

100

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

Catholic Boy

 

Remsen (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96

Enticed

 

Ky Jockey Club (1st)

 

93

Greyvitos

 

Springboard Mile (1st)

 

93

Avery Island

 

Remsen (2nd)

 

93

Tiz Mischief

 

Ky Jockey Club (2nd)

 

93

The Tabulator

 

Iroquois (1st)

 

92

Enticed

 

Champagne (3rd)

 

92

Free Drop Billy

 

Breeders’ Futurity (1st)

 

91

Combatant

 

Springboard Mile (2nd)

 

91

Hollywood Star

 

Iroquois (2nd)

 

91

Vouch

 

Remsen (3rd)

 

91

Promises Fulfilled

 

Ky Jockey Club (3rd)

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

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