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Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Wood Memorial

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April 10th, 2018

Vino Rosso stamped his Kentucky Derby ticket and received a career-best 102 BRIS Speed rating winning the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct, rallying to score by a widening three-length margin. He became the fourth Todd Pletcher trainee to qualify for the Run for the Roses, joining Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible, Rebel (G2) hero Magnum Moon and Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Noble Indy in the 20-horse field.

A chestnut son of Curlin, Vino Rosso rebounded from a non-threatening fourth as the 2-1 second choice in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). He’s registered multiple BRIS Late Pace ratings, including a 106 for a fast-closing third in the Sam F. Davis (G3) in his first stakes attempt, and his 102 BRIS Speed rating would’ve placed him among top contenders in recent years. However, it’s tied for seventh-best in 2018 with a pair of preps remaining this weekend.

Vino Rosso will bring improving form into the Kentucky Derby and is eligible to receive the proper set-up for his turn of foot. John Velazquez, who rode Audible to win the Florida Derby (G1), has opted to stick with Vino Rosso for the Kentucky Derby.

Enticed, who had already garnered enough points by virtue of a convincing win in the March 10 Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct, wound up a clear second but his BRIS Speed numbers dropped five points (104-to-99). Vino Rosso did bump him repeatedly in upper stretch but stewards ruled the contact did not affect the final outcome.

Firenze Fire will be on the Kentucky Derby points bubble, currently 18th with 39 points after a fourth in the Wood, but his 90 BRIS Speed rating in the 1 1/8-mile race won’t get it done.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby series determines eligibility and a 35-race schedule is divided between the Prep Season and Championship Series.

Top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Championship Series, which began in mid-February (95 and better):

Horse

 

Race (finish)

 

BRIS Speed

Justify

 

Santa Anita Derby (1st)

 

114

Bolt d’Oro

 

Santa Anita Derby (2nd)

 

110

Audible

 

Florida Derby (1st)

 

107

Enticed

 

Gotham (1st)

 

104

Promises Fulfilled

 

Fountain of Youth (1st)

 

104

Hofburg

 

Florida Derby (2nd)

 

104

Vino Rosso

 

Wood Memorial (1st)

 

102

Instilled Regard

 

Santa Anita Derby (4th)

 

102

Magnum Moon

 

Rebel (1st)

 

100

Noble Indy

 

Louisiana Derby (1st)

 

100

Lone Sailor

 

Louisiana Derby (2nd)

 

100

Enticed

 

Wood Memorial (2nd)

 

99

My Boy Jack

 

Louisiana Derby (3rd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

San Felipe (1st)

 

98

Bravazo

 

Risen Star (1st)

 

98

Good Magic

 

Blue Grass (1st)

 

98

Quip

 

Tampa Bay Derby (1st)

 

98

Snapper Sinclair

 

Risen Star (2nd)

 

98

Good Magic

 

Fountain of Youth (3rd)

 

98

Flameaway

 

Blue Grass (2nd)

 

97

Flameaway

 

Tampa Bay Derby (2nd)

 

97

Runaway Ghost

 

Sunland Derby (1st)

 

96

Solomini

 

Rebel (2nd)

 

96

Combatant

 

Rebel (3rd)

 

96

Free Drop Billy

 

Gotham (3rd)

 

96

Noble Indy

 

Risen Star (3rd)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Risen Star (4th)

 

95

 

 

 

 

 

Top BRIS Speed ratings from the Prep Season, which began last September and concluded in mid-February:

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Audible

 

Holy Bull (1st)

 

105

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

Flameaway

 

Sam F. Davis (1st)

 

101

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

Instilled Regard

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (2nd)

 

100

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

Vino Rosso

 

Sam F. Davis (3rd)

 

100

Free Drop Billy

 

Holy Bull (2nd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

My Boy Jack

 

Southwest (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

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