Horse > Quip
The handlers of Quip bypassed the Kentucky Derby in favor of targeting the Preakness Stakes with additional rest and less stress on their race horse. Quip finished 2nd in the Arkansas Derby three weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby and won the Tampa Bay Derby in March, establishing his career best Beyer (94) Speed Figure and BRIS (98) Speed figure.
Quip’s trainer Rodolphe Brisset likely took the right approach in preparing for the Preakness. Brisset trained under Tom Amoss for 10 years, and won his first stakes race this year in the Tampa Bay Derby. He gets his first Triple Crown shot in the Preakness, and jockey Florent Geroux has never won a Triple Crown Race.
Quip could break well and push for the lead from the rail, but if he gets pinched and has to try to race with mud being kicked at him, it’s uncertain how he’ll handle the conditions.
The bottom line though is speed, and Quip hasn’t yet hit the 100 BRiS speed figure in five career starts. He has won three times and finished 2nd once. But each of the past 20 Preakness Stakes Winner have posted at least a 100 BRIS figure in one of their three races leading into the Preakness Stakes.
Quip will need to run his best race ever, and he is rested while four other Preakness runners return on just two weeks rest following the Kentucky Derby. A win is still very unlikely, but a career best race could have him hit the board.
Quip Career Statistics
Owner: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, SF Racing
Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
Jockey: Florent Gereoux
Pedigree: Distorted Humor – Princess Ash, by Indian Charlie
Recent Finish: 2nd, Arkansas Derby, G1 (4/14/18)
Notable Wins: Tampa Bay Derby (G2)
Last Updated May 19, 2018
Entering into the Kentucky Derby
Preparation for the American Classics is a challenging process, and Quip has been one horse who has run frequently in Kentucky Derby prep-races. Rerouted a few times after boasting the 2018 Tampa Bay Derby with 19/1 odds, Quip has just enough points to enter the Kentucky Derby. His connections entered him in the 2018 Arkansas Derby as a 9/2 third choice on Saturday, April 14th behind Magnum Moon and Solomini on the betting board, with Magnum Moon getting the win.
Bred by WinStar Farm with parts of his rights also owned by China Horse Club International and SF Racing, Quip is sired by Distorted Humor out of Princess Ash. He is 3-0-0 in four starts with $282,800 in career earnings and a talent for incredible speed early on. That gift alone has maintained interest in him.
The colt suffered his only loss in the 2017 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes where he placed 7th. He has two other allowance victories on his docket and will attempted to solidify his place amongst the best of the best in the Arkansas Derby where he ran 2nd.