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Midnight Lute, Govenor Charlie's two-time Breeders' Cup winning sire
This colt seems like he could be freakishly good. His effort in the Sunland Park Derby was visually stunning, and he has a very high cruising speed. He gave every indication he is primed for a strong performance with a sharp workout on Monday. Trainer Bob Baffert is always an advantage to have in your corner and has trained a remarkable five Preakness winners.
He only has three career starts and two wins to his credit. Both of those wins at this point look like they came against dubious competition.
His stablemate, Midnight Lucky, did make it to the Kentucky Oaks after winning the Sunland Oaks, the filly equivalent of the stakes race he won to earn his berth into the Derby, the Sunland Park Derby. Both he and the filly turned in sensational, comparable efforts at Sunland Park, but she faltered in the Kentucky Oaks. If her performance is a barometer to measure him, his effort at Sunland may not be as impressive as it initially appeared.
In addition, he missed training due to a hoof bruise, which is a pesky, lingering sort of injury. While his workout on Monday was sharp, it raises the question of how much that took out of him.