A son of 2006 Kentucky Derby contender Lawyer Ron, Koast is certainly a horse to watch come post time. He loves to run on lead and has shown blazing speed.
The problem Koast will have is distance. He's never raced at a mile (or even above six and a half furlongs) and could falter coming into the stretch. His two most recent workouts, however, were very quick six-furlong drills, which tells me John Sadler is definitely prepping his horse for the distance.
If Koast's training has helped him get used to the route, he could surprise some folks.
Everyone knows you can never count out a Bob Baffert horse.
Midnight Crooner loves the mile distance and has shown an ability to contend at this class. He raced in the Grade 1 Bluegrass Stakes earlier this year, where he placed eighth, and has won at the $80,000 level.
This colt hasn't had much success, however, posting only three finishes in the money in six career races. He seems to have the speed, but will he contend against elite competition?
I will not forgive this horse's owners for giving it a name that is an absolute chore to type, but I digress.
Canuletmedowneasy is a big-time wild card in this race. His morning line odds are 12-1, but I think it's a great value for a horse that has shown great speed. He has two bullet workouts in the past two months and loves the turf. He's been in the money his past three races and has raced at $80,000.
The caution is inconsistency. Canuletmedowneasy does not like to get dirty. He likes the wide open lead and prefers to run first or second all the way to the wire. If he can't run up front, he could get scared and fade fast. The talent is there, but the courage may not be.