Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

6 thoughts on “Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show”

  1. Turn Capp and Capp It Off—the fourth and third dams of Vyjack, respectively—were sprinters; his second dam was Round It Off, whose three wins came at five and a half to six furlongs, and she was stakes-placed in a six-furlong event; she produced multiple Graded stakes-winning sprinter Disco Rico; Vyjack’s dam, Life Happened—a half-sister to Disco Rico— is by European sprinter Stravinsky. I wrote an column on the pedigree in the April issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. This is a family cultivated by the late Maryland breeder C. Oliver Goldsmith, who pretty much bred everything in the family.

  2. That’s a little different than the Drape reason 🙂

    I am extremely interested to see Vyjack this weekend for some clues on what you’ve presented. It’s a fascinating part of the sport, and lucrative come Derby time. I very much like the horse, but maybe I will be liking him more come BC time in the mile.

    Thanks for the details.


  3. My analysis, as I said on Byk, is strictly on paper; but, these days pedigree (i.e., ability to get 10F in top company) is a huge factor because we (US breeders) breed so many high-quality 8.5-9F horses, but not as many true 10F types, like Animal Kingdom. Because our preps top off at 9F, the 10F of the Derby is frequently a surprise.

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