Promising Start for 2020 Kentucky Derby Hopeful High Velocity


High Velocity improved to 2-for-2 in his profession with a 1 1/4-length win in the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 16. Kentucky Derby live Stream.

Making the Grade, that will run through the 2020 Belmont Stakes, concentrates on the winners or top performers of the major races, usually from the previous weekend, who could create an impact on the Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby live Stream, We are going to be taking a good look at notable winners and assessing their odds to win classic races based upon skill, running style, relations (proprietor, jockey), and pedigree.

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This week we take a closer look at High Velocity, winner of the Grade 3, $98,000 Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 16 in Del Mar.

Evaluating prospects for the Kentucky Derby trail can be a frustrating undertaking in the summer and fall of their 2-year-old seasons, particularly with young runners who have raced exclusively in sprints. Kentucky Derby live Stream.  This is the case with Bob Hope Stakes winner Top Velocity, which has shown promise in two starts but still has a lot of hurdles left to clear until he stamps himself a legitimate Derby contender.

Ability: A $350,000 purchase by representative Ben Glass on behalf of present owners Gary and Mary West in the 2018 Keeneland September yearling sale, Watch Kentucky Derby live Stream. higher Velocity won his career debut by two spans as the 7-10 favorite Oct. 13 at Santa Anita Park in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint.

He accompanied with a front-running, 1 1/4-length win since the even-money second gambling choice in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes Nov. 16 in Del Mar..Kentucky Derby live Stream.

High Velocity enhanced his Equibase Speed Figure out of a 93 in his very first race to a 100 while stretching out into seven-eighths of a mile to get his stakes debut. Watch Kentucky Derby live Stream.  He completed his final eighth of a mile at a solid 12.46 minutes beneath Drayden Van Dyke.

What really impressed me was High Velocity awakened determinedly after he had been headed, quite briefly, Kentucky Derby live Stream, near the top of the stretch by 9-10 favorite Strongconstitution.  High Velocity leveled off well and then jumped from his challenger, showing he had plenty of fight and gas left in the tank.

I love what I have observed from High Velocity to date and the pace figures and growth from his introduction to his next race are reassuring. Watch Kentucky Derby live Stream.

But he’s beaten just seven horses at his two starts -Kentucky Derby live Stream- four challengers in his debut and three in in the Bob Hope — he must prove he could stretch out in distance to be a real Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve contender.

I’m interested to see if Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert removes the blinkers High Velocity has worn out in his first two starts for his second race (or the race after that), Watch Kentucky Derby live Stream, a move that often signals Baffert is happy with the maturation of a young prospect.

Running fashion: Following stalking a swift speed in his career debut, High Velocity utilized his normal rate to set a pressured pace in the Bob Hope. Kentucky Derby live Stream. He didn’t seem like the pace of pressure negatively influenced him, and the blinkers helped in that regard.

I anticipate High Velocity is quickly enough that he will be a speed factor when exercising in space, but it was nice to see in his debut he can rate effortlessly behind horses. Watch Kentucky Derby live Stream. Since the races get longer, I would expect High Velocity to settle in as a press-the-pace kind who can seize command if the tempo is fairly uncomplicated or settle in supporting a rival who’s set on going to the front.

Connections: Gary and Mary West have ran a number of notable horses over the years, such as 2005 Louisiana Derby winner High Limit, Kentucky Derby live Stream, 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day, along with 2017 Travers Stakes winner West Coast.

More lately, the Wests raced 2018 winner 2-year-old male Game Winner and, of course, Maximum Security.

High Velocity and Drayden Van Dyke.  (BENOIT photograph )

This has been a tumultuous year for the Wests following Xpressbet Florida Derby winner Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve but has been disqualified at a controversial decision which has resulted in legal appeals. Watch Kentucky Derby live Stream.  Maximum Security subsequently won the Haskell Invitational Stakes and Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is a four-time Eclipse Award winner that has trained the winners of 15 Triple Crown races, including five Kentucky Derby winners and Triple Crown winners American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018).

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Drayden Van Dyke rode High Velocity in the Bob Hope.  Van Dyke enjoyed the best year of his career in 2018 when he won four Grade 1 races, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby.  He had been sidelined for several months in 2019 after a spill in September, but Van Dyke has gathered 12 graded stakes victories this season that comprises a Grade 1 triumph aboard Bast in the Del Mar Debutante.

Pedigree: High Velocity is in the sixth harvest of Quality Road, a four-time Grade 1 winner that won the Met Mile and three Grade 1s in 1 1/8 miles.  Quality Road was exceptionally fast and very consistent with eight wins, Kentucky Derby live Stream, three seconds, and one third in 13 career starts.

Quality Road has additionally developed into a very good sire with champions Abel Tasman and Caledonia Road as well as 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner Town of Light into his credit. Kentucky Derby lives Stream NBC,  Represented by elite sprinters and routers in addition to Grade 1 winners on dirt and turf, Quality Road has been a productive and versatile sire with 47 stakes winners from 414 starters through Nov. 19.

 She won three of 21 career starts with three of her wins coming at a mile.  Ketel Twist was Grade 3-placed in 1 1/8 kilometers on the main track. Kentucky Derby live Stream.

Frozen Treat, by Dynaformer, made stakes winner Courageous as well as a set of stakes-placed runners, Kentucky Derby live Stream NBC, while Pedicure, by Mr. Prospector, made three stakes winners.

Considering that the early gift High Velocity has indicated, top relations, and a promising pedigree, Kentucky Derby live stream, there’s loads of reason to be encouraged by this unbeaten but mostly untested 2-year-old colt.


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