08/19/2011 1:21PM

J W Blue

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Date Track Race Finish Chart Distance Time Beyers Video
8/27/11 SAR Travers 3rd 1 1/4 mile 2:03:00 97 Video
7/09/11 DEL Barbaro 2nd 1 mile and 70 yards 1:40:20 92 Video
5/7/11 PIM Federico Tesio 3rd 1 1/16 mile 1:45.60 82 Video
4/16/11 OP Arkansas Derby 6th 1 1/8 mile 1:49.20 86 Video
3/19/11 OP Rebel 5th 1 1/16 mile 1:42.00 89 Video

J W Blue


Owner: The Elkstone Group LLC
Trainer: Anthony Dutrrow
Record: 9-2-2-1



By Kenny Peck


That last Beyer Speed Figure was the best of his career, possibly indicating that the best is yet to come for this Sky Mesa colt. That was about six weeks ago, but he has been training well since, and trainer Tony Dutrow wins at a high rate with horses off this type of break. Pedigree and running style suggest the extra distance should work to his advantage, and he should get at least a little help in terms of pace in the Travers.


He has never beaten a field of this quality, and though he was a close second in his last two at Delaware Park, those are races he really should have won, especially that last one. A very quick early pace helped to set things up for him (and the winner), and set him up for a top Beyer Figure, but he still couldn't stave off Awesome Bet, a horse who came into the race with a top Beyer of 88. Also, that runner returned to finish off the board in the West Virginia Derby. J W Blue's tendency to break slowly and his lack of speed costs him position and leaves him at the mercy of the pace, and nearly guarantees a wide trip off the turn, if not traffic trouble.


A big price is likely, but that's because he seems a cut below the best. Best used underneath, if at all, if one were to give the closers an edge in terms of race flow in the Travers.