The progeny of some heavy-duty broodmares are in today’s G2 Peter Pan Stakes. Of course, the hype has been for Casino Drive, out of Better Than Honor—dam of Jazil and Rags to Riches. His entry-mate Spark Candle is the offspring of the great Serena’s Song, while Cosmic is out of eight-time G1 winner Heavenly Prize (also dam of studs Good Reward and Pure Prize) and Fast Talking’s dam is former Maryland Horse of the Year Gin Talking.
So, who’s going to win? Honestly, I’d love to see Casino Drive be the next super-horse to come out of nowhere or Tomcito start to live up to his previous form. However, I’m pegging Jimmy Jerkens’ Mint Lane for an upset; he just missed winning the Tesio from Icabad Crane.
In the G3 Lone Star Derby, the entry of Samba Rooster and Limestone Edge are morning line favorites, and probably rightly so, especially Samba Rooster who gets blinkers today. The main issue—can his early speed carry him the distance? I’m betting not. Hopefully King’s Silver Son will be ridden more forwardly today; his finish in the G2 Rebel was strong, but this closer was way too far back in the G2 Arkansas Derby. I also think Fort Apache (who’s won over this surface) might surprise.
The field for next week's Preakness is still in flux, as Recapturetheglory is now out (fever), but Macho Again is again possible. Maybe everyone's not quite as afraid of the Big Brown bear...