Threefiveindia Looks Formidable in Gallant Bob Stakes
Threefiveindia Looks Formidable in Gallant Bob Stakes by Jordan Sigmon: The spotlight will be on the Cotillion and Pennsylvania Derby Saturday at Parx, but the card also includes a strong field lined up for the GIII Gallant Bob Stakes, where 12 three-year-old colts will be eyeing a potential start in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
The 5/2 morning-line favorite is the Canadian colt Noholdingback Bear, who has been first or second in 8 of 10 career starts. His last race was arguably his best yet when third beaten just 3 ¾ lengths by the ultra-tough Baffert trainee Drefong in the G1 King’s Bishop. Prior to that, he had been second beaten just ½ a length against olders in the GIII Bold Venture at Woodbine. His three straight wins leading into that effort showed flashes of brilliance, albeit against questionable competition. Regardless of who he beat, he did it the right way, and he’s likely to be the controlling pace of the race given the natural speed he possesses.
Threefiveindia is somewhat of a “buzz horse” as the 7/2 second choice on the morning line. The striking chestnut son of Street Hero made a winning debut at Ellis Park going 5 ½ furlongs on August 28th last year. After that eye-catching debut he was thrown to the wolves and stretched out much farther than he wants to go in the GI Breeders Futurity, he was never a factor and finished 7th that day. Put away for the remainder of the year; Threefiveindia did not start working consistently until early April this year. His 2016 debut came in a first-level allowance at Churchill Downs on June 19th going 6 ½ on fast dirt. Slower work times did not indicate a horse that was ready to win, so he was dismissed at 17/1. But after tracking a solid pace early, Threefiveindia burst away from the field and powered home to a 4 ½ length victory.
Following that race, the colt was sent to New York and switched to trainer Chad Brown with a race like the King’s Bishop on the radar. Instead of pushing him, though, the connections elected to run him in a second level allowance, and it paid off with Threefiveindia rolling to another smart score going 6 ½ at Saratoga. His works coming into this race have not been particularly fast, but seeing as he’s never been a good work horse and Chad Brown is not one to push his horses in the mornings that is of no concern.
Another horse with plenty of upside is the up-and-coming NY-bred, Mind Your Biscuits. A powerful win in the GII Amsterdam propelled him straight into the GI King’s Bishop, where he was a hard luck 5th beaten just 4 lengths. The chestnut son of Posse has shown plenty of versatility throughout his career, but as of late, he’s shown a liking to sitting off the pace, usually around the middle of the field. Whether or not he runs in the race is still up in the air as a jockey has yet to be named on him, likely because the connections have also mentioned the GI Vosburgh at Belmont as another possibility for his final Breeders’ Cup prep.
One longer shot to consider for your exotics is the Californian invader, Who’s Out for Jerry Hollendorfer. Though his last two have been marginally disappointing, if he can regain the form that saw him better the very talented Jazzy Times by 2 ½ lengths in June, he could very well sneak into the exotics. Though it’s unlikely he’s good enough to pull off the win, take note that Hollendorfer is shipping this horse all the way across the country for this race, something he rarely does unless he is very confident in his charge.