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Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Florida Derby

By James Scully

Audible registered a whopping 107 BRIS Speed rating posting a three-length victory in the March 31 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. That’s the top number for a 2018 Kentucky Derby contender and the bay colt stretched his win skein to four with the convincing tally, backing up a 5 ½-length romp in the February 3 Holy Bull (G2) that netted a 105 BRIS Speed figure.

He also packs a late punch. After garnering triple-digit numbers in three-of-four starts, Audible received a 104 BRIS Late Pate rating.

Owned by China Horse Racing Club, Head of Plains, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm, Audible is a son of Grade 1-winning sire Into Mischief, who counts four-time champion Beholder and prominent 2018 Kentucky Derby contender Mendelssohn as half-siblings.

Conditioned by two-time Kentucky Derby victor Todd Pletcher, who won last year with Always Dreaming, Audible is the third Pletcher trainee so far to guarantee a berth in the first leg of the Triple Crown, joining Rebel (G2) winner Magnum Moon and Louisiana Derby (G2) hero Noble Indy.

And with a pair of outstanding Speed numbers in tow, Audible has established himself as a major contender.

Hofburg ran well jumping straight to stakes company, registering his first triple-digit BRIS Speed rating (104) finishing a clear second. That represents an eight-point increase from a well-regarded maiden tally on March 3 and Hofburg will be one of the most inexperienced Kentucky Derby runners with only three career starts. However, the well-bred Tapit colt does appear to be rapidly improving for trainer Bill Mott.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby series determines eligibility and a 35-race schedule is divided between the Prep Season and Championship Series.

Top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Championship Series, which began in mid-February (95 and better):

Horse

 

Race (finish)

 

BRIS Speed

Audible

 

Florida Derby (1st)

 

107

Enticed

 

Gotham (1st)

 

104

Promises Fulfilled

 

Fountain of Youth (1st)

 

104

Hofburg

 

Florida Derby (2nd)

 

104

Strike Power

 

Fountain of Youth (2nd)

 

101

Old Time Revival

 

Gotham (2nd)

 

101

Magnum Moon

 

Rebel (1st)

 

100

Noble Indy

 

Louisiana Derby (1st)

 

100

Blended Citizen

 

Jeff Ruby Steaks (1st)

 

100

Lone Sailor

 

Louisiana Derby (2nd)

 

100

Pony Up

 

Jeff Ruby Steaks (2nd)

 

99

My Boy Jack

 

Louisiana Derby (3rd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

San Felipe (1st)

 

98

Bravazo

 

Risen Star (1st)

 

98

Quip

 

Tampa Bay Derby (1st)

 

98

McKinzie

 

San Felipe (2nd)

 

98

Snapper Sinclair

 

Risen Star (2nd)

 

98

Arawak

 

Jeff Ruby Steaks (3rd)

 

98

Good Magic

 

Fountain of Youth (3rd)

 

98

Flameaway

 

Tampa Bay Derby (2nd)

 

97

Runaway Ghost

 

Sunland Derby (1st)

 

96

Solomini

 

Rebel (2nd)

 

96

Combatant

 

Rebel (3rd)

 

96

Free Drop Billy

 

Gotham (3rd)

 

96

Noble Indy

 

Risen Star (3rd)

 

96

World of Trouble

 

Tampa Bay Derby (3rd)

 

96

Machismo

 

Fountain of Youth (4th)

 

96

Mississippi

 

Florida Derby (3rd)

 

95

Instilled Regard

 

Risen Star (4th)

 

95

 

 

 

 

 

Top BRIS Speed ratings from the Prep Season, which began last September and concluded in mid-February:

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

My Boy Jack

 

Southwest (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96