2011 Triple Crown Preview – Comma To The Top

With 13 races under his belt, Comma To The Top has run against a ton of different types of horses. With a ton of speed in his repertoire and some great victories at distance, this could be the colt that turns out to have the bed of roses on his back on Saturday to beat the Kentucky Derby odds.

Notable Past Performances

6-2-0, 13 Races


Race
Santa Anita Derby
San Felipe
El Camino Real
Cash Call Futurity
Generous
Real Quiet
Distance
1 1/8
1 1/16
1 1/8
1 1/16
1
1 1/16
Odds
6.90
9.10
0.50
2.50
1.00
4.10
Post
10
1
6
4
4
8
End Result
1
3
1
4
1
1

2011 Triple Crown Preview   Comma To The TopThere is definitely a big time question about the level of competition that this colt has gone up against. He was a 50 to 1 longshot in his first graded stakes race back in September of last year, and he was blown out of the water. That being said, since that point, Comma To The Top has been hot, winning five times. In 2011 though, he has three races under his belt, and he hasn’t been able to finish off any of them in spite of the fact that he did had the lead or was right at the lead for the majority of the race.

Weather could really play a big time factor in this horse’s ability to get out of the gates, as will the fact that these are no longer 10-12 horse fields that he is running in. Peter Miller, the horse’s trainer, has tried very hard to avoid putting Comma To The Top in bad spots, but he has run him on the synthetic track at Santa Anita, and even on the turf for one race, a victory in the Generous back in November.

Corey Nakatani had the mount for this horse in a ton of races, including in all of his runs as a three year old. However, his lack of production this year has caused Miller to make a switch to Patrick Valenzuela, a veteran on the dirt tracks. He was one of the youngest jockeys to ever win a big time race, and in 1989, he came up just short of winning the Triple Crown on Sunday Silence. We normally don’t like jockey switches this late in a horse’s career, but in this case, Miller’s move to put Valenzuela on the back of Comma To The Top is a grand idea.

Adam Markowitz

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