Meet the Contenders: 2023 Breeders' Futurity

October 3rd, 2023

Meet the horses running in the 2023 Breeders' Futurity. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well.

The Wine Steward is one of the top progeny by Vino Rosso in 2023. (Photo by Coady Photography)

#1 The Wine Steward                     ***

Pro: Undefeated multiple stakes winner is bred to enjoy extra distance.

Con: Two of three wins have been versus New York-breds; more needed here.

Timberlake (Photo by Coady Photography)

#2 Timberlake                               ***

Pro: Much-improved since addition of blinkers following subpar debut.

Con: Defeated by huge outsider in slow edition of Hopeful (G1).

Awesome Road (Photo by Coady Photography)

#3 Awesome Road                         ****

Pro: Beat next-out winner on debut at Ellis; from the family of Pulpit.

Con: Will need to conserve some speed traveling an extra five-sixteenths.

Baytown Chatterbox (Photo by Coady Photography)

#4 Baytown Chatterbox                 *

Pro: Has won around two turns already; shock winner of Ellis Park Juvenile.

Con: No threat in the aforementioned modest renewal of the Hopeful.

West Saratoga (Photo by Coady Photography)

#5 West Saratoga                          ***

Pro: Has won two straight since dropping first four, including Iroquois (G3).

Con: Beneficiary of pace collapse in that Churchill stakes; flow likely different here.

Generous Tipper (Photo by Coady Photography)

#6 Generous Tipper                       ***

Pro: Impressively graduated second time on dirt; Kenny McPeek has won this three times.

Con: Concedes stakes experience to most of these.

Just Steel (inside) edging Be You in a Saratoga maiden special weight (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)

Just Steel (inside) edging Be You in a Saratoga maiden special weight (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)

#7 Just Steel                                 **

Pro: Outran likely favorite here when graduating two back.

Con: Dueled into submission in Hopeful; needs to relax more.

Northern Flame (Photo by Coady Photography)

#8 Northern Flame                        **

Pro: Flashed more speed last time, prevailed as favorite against maiden foes.

Con: Well-beaten by several of these in first two outings.

Locked (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

#9 Locked                                      *****

Pro: Rebounded from debut loss to graduate with a 105 Brisnet speed rating.

Con: Potential candidate to bounce while facing tougher opposition.