Flameaway was headed in the stretch but displayed excellent resolve battling back to edge Catholic Boy in the February 10 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, recording a 10-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby qualifier. He registered a career-best 101 BRIS Speed rating switching from turf to dirt for trainer Mark Casse.

Owned by John Oxley, Flameaway missed the early Triple Crown nomination deadline but can still be made eligible by March 19. Casse said that would happen and the speedy Scat Daddy colt will focus upon the Kentucky Derby as a result of the Davis.

Catholic Boy left the starting gate as the 3-5 favorite following a convincing win in the Remsen (G2) last December and while he disappointed supporters, the son of More Than Ready still managed to generate a career-best 101 BRIS Speed for the narrow second. We’ll see whether he can keep moving forward next time.

Vino Rosso sustained his first setback but performed admirably in his stakes debut, closing fast for third and posting his first triple-digit BRIS Speed rating (100), and the improving Curlin colt may continue to show more for Todd Pletcher in upcoming engagements.

Here are the top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series (90 and above):

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Audible

 

Holy Bull (1st)

 

105

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

McKinzie

 

Sham (1st)

 

104

Flameaway

 

Sam F. Davis (1st)

 

101

Catholic Boy

 

Sam F. Davis (2nd)

 

101

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

McKinzie

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (1st)

 

100

Instilled Regard

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (2nd)

 

100

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

Vino Rosso

 

Sam F. Davis (3rd)

 

100

All Out Blitz

 

Sham (2nd)

 

99

Free Drop Billy

 

Holy Bull (2nd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

Catholic Boy

 

Remsen (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96

Avery Island

 

Withers (1st)

 

94

Firenze Fire

 

Jerome (1st)

 

94

Seven Trumpets

 

Jerome (2nd)

 

94

My Boy Jack

 

Sham (3rd)

 

94

Shivermetimbers

 

Sham (4th)

 

94

Enticed

 

Ky Jockey Club (1st)

 

93

Greyvitos

 

Springboard Mile (1st)

 

93

Avery Island

 

Remsen (2nd)

 

93

Tiz Mischief

 

Ky Jockey Club (2nd)

 

93

The Tabulator

 

Iroquois (1st)

 

92

Firenze Fire

 

Withers (2nd)

 

92

Principe Guilherme

 

Lecomte (2nd)

 

92

Enticed

 

Champagne (3rd)

 

92

Snapper Sinclair

 

Lecomte (3rd)

 

92

Free Drop Billy

 

Breeders’ Futurity (1st)

 

91

Combatant

 

Springboard Mile (2nd)

 

91

Hollywood Star

 

Iroquois (2nd)

 

91

Marconi

 

Withers (3rd)

 

91

Vouch

 

Remsen (3rd)

 

91

Promises Fulfilled

 

Ky Jockey Club (3rd)

 

90

Enticed

 

Holy Bull (4th)

 

90