2022 Kentucky Derby Hopeful Snapshots: Slow Down Andy

Welcome to the Kentucky Derby 2022 Prospects Snap, where each week we take a look at the recent winner on the Triple Crown race track, usually from the Road to Kentucky Derby the schedule from which the racehorses win. get points to qualify.

1 mile Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve will be held on May 7, 2022, at Churchill Downs.

This week, we’ll take a closer look Slow down Andy, winner Los Alamitos Futurity on December 11 at Los Alamitos. He earned 10 points to qualify for the 2022 Kentucky Derby with that win. Slow Down Andy is fifth on Latest Road to the Kentucky Derby Rankings.

Racing Resumé: Slow Down Andy showed significant improvement the first time he tried to extend his distance to compete in a roughly two-turn race at Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 11th. He rallied from the last word. in the number of years after tracking a steady pace and complete Bob Hope Stakes winner Messier, a 2-year-old was appreciated despite showing signs of immaturity on the 1/16-mile track.

Slowing down Andy tilted his head to the side towards the stands on several occasions in the Los Alamitos section. He seems to lose both motivation and focus, but he is good enough to overcome that and beat a quality opponent.

The Los Alamitos Futurity 2nd place win came after Slow Down Andy made his debut October 9 in the 5½ content sprint at Santa Anita Park, followed by runner-up in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes at Del Mar November 5, when he was a late fade and was beaten half-length.

Speed ​​figures: The 100 Equibase Speed ​​Slow Down Andy earned for his Los Alamitos Futurity win represents a nine-point jump from his previous career best. Similarly, he made a double-digit jump from Golden State Juvenile to Los Alamitos Futurity with a career-best 85 Beyer Speed.

Running style: Slow Down Andy has slowed down in each of his three races, but he has enough pace to take a good tactical position in his races. He finished third and was only half the pace after a quarter-mile opening: 22.21 on his career debut in the sprint and never exceeded 2½ of the speed length at any point. Any call points in Los Alamitos Futurity. He was likened to a stalker rather than a confidant.

Connection: Owned and bred by J. Paul Reddam’s Racing Reddam, trained by Doug O’Neilland driven by Mario Gutierrez, Slow Down Andy’s connections should be familiar to fans of the Kentucky Derby and US Triple Crown races. Reddam, O’Neill and Gutierrez teamed up to win the Kentucky and Preakness Derby in 2012 with I will have another and also won the 2016 Derby with then undefeated champion Nyquist, son of Slow Down Andy. O’Neill has won more than 2,600 races in his career and finished third earlier this year in the Kentucky Derby and second in the race. Belmont bets presented by NYRA Bets with Hot Rod Charlie, Winner of the Vox Populi Award 2021.

Genealogical notes: Slow Down Andy is the third group/classified bet winner selected by the 2016 Kentucky Derby Nyquist winner, the 2-year-old male 2015 champion, who won the first eight races of his career his run before finishing third in Preakness Stakes 2016. Slow Down Andy is from the fourth season of Nyquist, by Uncle Mo, the best runner by far is the 2-year-old 2020 Vequist champion.

Slow Down Andy is produced by Reddam’s Edwina E mare, Square Eddie. Edwina E made three winners from as many starters, including Team Merchants stake winner in addition to Slow Down Andy. Both males of Nyquist, Team Merchants and Slow Down Andy are blood brothers (same sire, same dam). Edwina E comes from the family of 2006 Preakness winner and top male Bernardini.

Derby Potential: It’s clear from watching Los Alamitos Futurity that Slow Down Andy is an unfinished project with lots of room for growth and development. The same can be said for almost all 2-year-old Thoroughbreds, but this foal looks exceptionally green – whether the noise from the stands caught his attention or what. that caught his eye, he seemed to lose focus on a few occasions. From that perspective, he has a great opportunity for improvement through simple mental development and can be supplemented with devices, such as a flashlight, to improve concentration.

What is most encouraging is that he achieved a career-highest attempt by extending the distance for the 1/16-mile race and finishing quite well with a final 16-mile run in 6.67 seconds despite gaping in the arena stands.

The 1km Kentucky Derby distance was always a question early this year, but if he’s capable of excelling at a classic distance, you can be sure Andy’s Connected Slow Down will have him. I’m ready. He needs improved focus and speed, but there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic for this soon-to-be 3-year-old on the Triple Crown trail.

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John Verrall

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