Kentucky Derby 140 Contenders, Borderline Horses & Throwouts – Part III

MEDAL COUNT (25/1, Presser)

The runner from classic Spendthrift Farm was wheeled back in only 8 days and ran an excellent second in the G1 Blue Grass Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack.  The top three finishers were over 5 lengths clear of the fourth horse in a large 14-horse field.  This son of Dynaformer is a talented horse but he appears to be much better on turf or synthetic, or at least proven over those surfaces.  His three career dirt efforts were all sub-par, as he ran 89, 73 and 76 BRIS speed figures, respectively.  He can handle the dirt, as evidenced by his 6 1/4 length win in his debut at Ellis Park, but the big question remains if he can do so against a Grade 1 field.  The colt is somewhat reminiscent of Dale Roman’s Paddy O’Prado, a confirmed turf runner, who also ran second in the Blue Grass Stakes before finishing a fast closing, troubled third in the Kentucky Derby.

Medal Count is a half sibling to Garden District, who won or placed in two stakes races on the main track at Churchill Downs.  His dam, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song, was a very versatile runner who won multiple times on both turf and dirt, while placing in stakes out West.  Both of these facets of his pedigree bode well for him duplicating his sharp current form in Louisville.

KYD Medal Count

Form: Improving

Status: Borderline contender

Value line: 25/1

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