Russian Greek – KY Derby Contender

Russian Greek is a beautful nearly black three year old colt by Giant’s Causeway out of the Grindstone mare Sand Dollar. Russian Greek sports a pedigree that includes Kentucky Derby winners: Secretariat, Grindstone, Unbridled, Northern Dancer, Swaps and Chateaugay. In addition, his pedigree also includes such horses as Alydar, Storm Cat and the great filly Mariah’s Storm.

Such a pedigree clearly shows that Russian Greek has the kind of classic breeding needed to win on the first Saturday in May. His dosage index sits at a solid 1.77, indicating he should have the stamina plus turn of foot needed to handle the classic distance.

On top of pedigree and dosage index, actual race record can show clues to potential for Kentucky Derby success. Russian Greek has run four times and only lost one of those efforts. He won his first race as a two year old, which was run on dirt. As the Kentucky Derby is run on a dirt track, it can be instructive to see if a horse can handle the surface. In that first race, Russian Greek easily handled the surface winning by five lengths. His next race proved to be his only lose. He came in fifth that day and never was any threat. It is important to note that his only loss came at six furlongs, a sprint. The Kentucky Derby is considered a route race. His next two races were route races and he won both, both were also Stakes races. His style of winning those two races also can point to KY Derby success. He proved in those races to be a deep closer with a big late kick to come up with the win. In the California Derby, his last race out, he was described as having a “bold rally” to win.

Potentially working against Russian Greek is that he is based in California. Historically, California horses do not fare well when they travel to Kentucky. Additionally, if most of his races continue to be on synthetic surfaces, there will be the question as to how he will handle dirt, in particular the Churchill surface, though he has logged one win on dirt.

Providing he can stay healthy and continue to run well, I believe we will likely be seeing him in Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. I will be interested to see what he does in his next planned race, the El Camino Real Derby.

Keep running toward the finish line my friends!

Blue Blue Sea

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