Three juveniles to watch from last weekend's action
A sensational weekend of graded racing concluded with some standout winners. And while it's easy to recognize their respective efforts, I took notice of three juveniles who left an impression on me in defeat.
Candy Ride filly drew the impossible 13 post in the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland on Friday. Mark Casse pupil was exiting a third-place finish in the P.G. Johnson on the yielding turf at Saratoga.
$410,000 yearling purchase was last early in the Alcibiades but impressed with her movement on the backside. Approaching the turn for home, the chestnut was picking off runners with ease before flattening out a bit inside the final furlong.
The fourth-place effort by Chocolate Kisses is much better than it might appear on paper and is worth watching again. She has a very bright future, on any surface.
Chad Brown charge made his second lifetime run in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday. Also saddled with the 13 post, the Chad Brown trainee was well back early on behind a moderate early pace.
Bay colt made a visually impressive move on the back side but appeared to idle some nearing the top of the lane, but the Kentucky-bred came again inside the final furlong to be a fine third under the wire.
Standard Deviation was wide every step of the Breeders' Futurity when making his two-turn debut. I love his running style and pedigree to run much longer distances. Standard Deviation is, in my humble opinion, a superb prospect who is poised to be a presence on the Triple Crown trail in 2019.
CODE OF HONOR
Shug McGaughey trainee is no surprise on this small list after his courageous runner-up showing in Saturday's Champagne (G1) at Belmont. Noble Mission colt had a horrific break in his second lifetime start that appeared to ruin his chances for success. But once the chestnut colt got into rhythm he displayed what an immense talent that he is.
Pilot Eric Cancel guided Code of Honor five wide in the stretch and the Will Farish homebred closed with great energy in a fantastic runner-up performance. The youngster had no chance with the lights-out Complexity but he finished well clear of the rest in what could still be a very good field. And the two-year-old figures to only get better with distance.
The usually reserved McGaughey stated "Going a mile and an eighth, if he gets away good, I think they might all be trying to catch him."