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Daredevil Owner Looking Forward To 2015 Wood Memorial Test

Daredevil Owner Looking Forward To 2015 Wood Memorial Test: Popular handicapping logic dictates that when a horse fades attempting a two-turn route, he prefers one turn at a shorter distance. But, a number of explanations could explain the initial failure including the pace, post position and overall trip. In Daredevil’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile effort last fall, he ran wide and faded. Meanwhile, the pace collapsed and two deep closers finished 1-2.

Wood Memorial 2015 Daredevil

Daredevil, pictured above with jockey Javier Castellano, enters the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 4, 2015 for trainer Todd Pletcher and co-owners Let’s Go Stable, WinStar Farm and China Horse Club.
Photo: Susie Raisher, Coglianese/NYRA

Aqueduct’s marquee event on Saturday, the Grade 1 Wood Memorial for Kentucky Derby candidates, gives the talented Daredevil another shot at a two-turn route. Although he won the one mile Grade 1 Champagne in October, Belmont Park’s longer track configuration meant they only went around one turn.

If successful this weekend, Let’s Go Stables would return to Churchill Downs for their group’s third try at the Derby in four years. Headed by principals Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan, they sent out Verrazano in 2013 and El Padrino in 2012 to 14th and 13th place finishes.

Speaking on the phone, Sullivan remained cautiously optimistic over Daredevil’s chances at two turns and the longer nine furlong distance. He also realizes that Daredevil still needs to prove the two obstacles will not pose a problem.

“You don’t know until they actually do it, so we’re curious like everyone else,” Sullivan explained. “But, the way he trains indicates the distance will probably work out. If he settles in the first part, that should help.”

In addition, Daredevil must outrun his main opponents Frosted and El Kabeir. Frosted knocked heads with some talented runners in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. El Kabeir won two out of three races this year, only losing to the injured Far From Over in the Grade 3 Withers. When asked which horse he fears the most, Sullivan did not point out either horse in particular.

“Horses like El Kabeir and Frosted, are all nice horses,” he said. “Once the race unfolds, we’ll know which one to fear.”

As for the preferred post position, Sullivan indicated before the entries were released that the outside stalls would be “ideal” for them. He ended up drawing post position six in a seven horse field. The small field lessens the importance of the draw though.

“With only six or seven horses, it may not matter,” Sullivan indicated.

In the recent Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park, Daredevil settled in fourth early after a slow break and responded when running second to Ready for Rye. Sullivan does not expect Daredevil to sit too far back on Saturday.

“He won’t be eight or nine lengths off because he’s naturally speedy,” Sullivan said. “He’s also shown the ability to sit off horses, in case he needs to.”

Incidentally, Daredevil’s name was supposed to be “Derecho,” which according to a Google search is a line of “fast-moving windstorms.” The definition certainly fits his “fast-moving” talent and they intended to use that name as a connection to his dam Chasethewildwind and second dam Race the Wild Wind, both productive broodmares. Because of his awesome talent and pedigree, the people involved with this colt has grown into a partnership that includes WinStar Farm and China Horse Club. Sullivan believes Daredevil might race next year, despite the growing interest.

“After the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll look.”

How Daredevil fares in the Wood Memorial will help them know which Breeders’ Cup race to aim for. Daredevil proved himself on different track conditions, sprints and a one-turn route. Now, he just needs to pass this test and Let’s Go Stables, plus their new partners, can dream of the Derby once more.

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Floral Fun While Horses Run at the 2015 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct

Twinspires.com Wood Memorial 2015 Post Positions & Odds
Race #10 5:30 PM ET
1 Tiz Shea D 8-1 Franco/Mott
2 Toasting Master 20-1 Arroyo/Romans
3 Lieutenant Colonel 15-1 Ortiz, Jr./Brown
4 Frosted 5-2 Rosario/McLaughlin
5 El Kabeir 3-1 Lopez/Terranova, II
6 Daredevil 9-5 Castellano/Pletcher
7 Tencendur 12-1 Ortiz/Weaver

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Champagne Stakes 2014 Replay:

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