Kentucky Derby Profile: Zandon

Chad Brown will send out Zandon for the Derby on Saturday
Chad Brown will send out Zandon for the Derby on Saturday

Zandon has bounced around the Road to the Kentucky Derby, popping up at Aqueduct, Fair Grounds and Keeneland. He's hit the board each time. Does that indicate he's a contender on Saturday? JN Campbell weighs in...

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Chad Brown’s chief attempt at KYD glory rests with this talented 3-yr-old by Upstart. That’s not a sire that necessarily has gotten much attention of late, but Jeff Drown ended up investing in a good one. Brown has brought his runner along nicely, and the Remsen S. (G2) going 1 1/8th on the dirt at Aqueduct was his coming-out-party. In only his 2nd career race, he went hoof-to-hoof with Mo Donegal, and it was a thrilling finish at-first-glance.

With John Velazquez aboard, it appeared Zandon was severely fouled by Irad Ortiz. Drown threatened legal action against the loss, and Ortiz was given a suspension for dangerous race riding then and in other contests. But the result stood … In the new year, Brown got aggressive, shipping the colt to New Orleans to run in the Grade 2 Risen Star against the likes of Epicenter. The second half of the race was impressive, as Zandon made some late moves to get-up in time for Show, just short of Smile Happy.

A month and a half later, Brown kept his colt on the move by sending him to Keeneland for the Blue Grass Stakes (G2). It was a bold choice, but one that the New York-based conditioner has made before this time of year. His charge responded incredibly with Flavien Prat in the irons. Making a middle move just before turn-2, Prat shot from almost the back of the field towards the top of the lane. That was a “Derby-esque” burst of power, and precisely the kind of talent that can assist at Churchill. Running from off-the-pace is dangerous though, especially because of traffic troubles, but we can expect that a rider of Prat’s caliber to be up to the challenge once again. Drown has quite a triad here, and expect this runner to be involved late. I will be using this one on all of tickets, for sure. Possible favorite … Hmm …

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Kentucky Derby 2022

Kentucky Derby 2022 Racecard

10
PP 10

Zandon

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Prat /
  • Trainer: C. Brown /
Morning Line Odds
3
PP 3

Epicenter

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Rosario /
  • Trainer: S. Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds
6
PP 6

Messier

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Velazquez /
  • Trainer: T. Yakteen /
Morning Line Odds
1
PP 1

Mo Donegal

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: I. Ortiz Jr. /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /
15
PP 15

White Abarrio

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: T. Gaffalione /
  • Trainer: S. Joseph Jr. /
12
PP 12

Taiba

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: M. Smith /
  • Trainer: T. Yakteen /
8
PP 8

Charge It

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: L. Saez /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /
13
PP 13

Simplification

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Ortiz /
  • Trainer: A. Sano /
7
PP 7

Crown Pride

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: C. Lemaire /
  • Trainer: K. Shintani /
16
PP 16

Cyberknife

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Geroux /
  • Trainer: B. Cox /
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