Kentucky Derby Pedigree Corner: Bodexpress, Plus Que Parfait, Vekoma,Tacitus

by | 05.02.2019 | 10:45pm
Tacitus (left) and Kentucky Oaks favorite Bellafina galloping at Churchill Downs this week

Each day of this Kentucky Derby week, I've taken a look at the pedigrees of four Kentucky Derby contenders and how those pedigrees might factor into their ability to succeed at a mile and a quarter. We've worked our way up the leaderboard, starting with the lowest point-earners currently in the Derby field and the Japanese qualifier, and now we're down to the top three points earners plus Bodexpress, who got into the field with the scratch of favorite Omaha Beach.

Bodemeister x Pied a Terre, by City Zip

The route distance was never a problem for Bodemeister, who broke his maiden at a mile and won the 1 1/8-mile G1 Arkansas Derby. He also finished valiant seconds in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, proving he could take his distance capabilities further than most.

Bodemeister wasted no time showing he'd be able to pass that ability on to his foals, getting 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming from his first crop of 3-year-olds. The stallion's next-highest earner is American Anthem, who picked up G2 and G3 wins going seven furlongs, and stretched out to a mile to run second in the G3 Sham Stakes.

Pied a Terre is an unraced daughter of City Zip. Her dam, the Meadowlake mare Lady Auchamore, was unplaced in one start. As a broodmare sire, City Zip's most notable runners include Noted and Quoted, who is a G1 winner at a mile and a sixteenth.

Pied a Terre's first runner, the Stormy Atlantic colt Gentrification, finished third in his lone career start to date, a six-furlong maiden special weight at Aqueduct.

Plus Que Parfait
Point of Entry x Belvedera, by Awesome Again

Going long on the turf was Point of Entry's specialty, racking up victories at a mile and a half in the G1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes, and the G2 Elkhorn Stakes. He also picked up victories in the 1 5/8-mile G1 Man o' War Stakes, the 1 ¼-mile G1 Manhattan Handicap, and the 1 1/8-mile G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

Besides Plue Que Parfait, Point of Entry's offspring are led by Analyze It, who is a G3 winner from a mile to a mile and a sixteenth.

Belvedera was a non-factor last in her lone career start, a 6 ½-furlong Charles Town maiden special weight. Her sire, Awesome Again, has had no problem getting two-turn runners, headed up by Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.

The mare's first foal to race, the Fort Larned colt Padrino, is unplaced in three maiden claiming tries at Turf Paradise.

Candy Ride x Mona de Momma, by Speightstown

Candy Ride was a turf star in his native Argentina, taking a pair of Group 1 races at a mile. He then moved to Southern California where he proved his mettle on both surfaces, winning the G1 Pacific Classic at a mile and a quarter on the dirt, and the G2 American Handicap at a mile and an eighth on the grass.

Those looking for Candy Ride's classic credentials as a sire need look no further than 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, and went on to win six G1 races, including the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes. Champion Shared Belief was also a Pacific Classic winner at the same distance as his sire. He also sends champion 2-year-old male Game Winner to the gate in this year's Derby.

Broodmare sire Speightstown is a Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, and Vekoma's dam Mona de Momma kept up that tradition, winning the G1 Human Distaff Stakes at seven furlongs and the G3 Las Flores Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs.

Mona de Momma's only other runner of note is Bloody Point, by War Front, who won her debut at Laurel Park at seven furlongs, then came back to win a Parx allowance at 6 ½ furlongs. She then moved to the turf to win a six-furlong optional claimer at Belmont Park.

Tapit x Close Hatches, by First Defence

Tapit won the G3 Laurel Futurity as a juvenile going a mile and a sixteenth, then came back at three to take the G1 Wood Memorial Stakes at a mile and an eighth before running in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.

After he retired to stud, Tapit ascended to become perennial leader on the North American sire lists, both in on-track earnings and auction returns. He has sired three Belmont Stakes winners – Tonalist, Creator, and Tapwrit – while classic-placed Frosted became a prominent figure in the handicap division. His average progeny winning distance of 7.63 furlongs is safely above average among Derby sires.

Close Hatches is herself a G1 winner, taking the Personal Ensign Stakes at a mile and an eighth, and a quartet of G1 races at a mile and a sixteenth. First Defence, on the other hand, was best around one turn, taking the G1 Forego Stakes at seven furlongs.

Tacitus is the first runner out of Close Hatches.

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