04/27/2016 1:10PM

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Exaggerator

Benoit & Associates
Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator is the only one of his dam's foals to win beyond a sprint distance.


Curlin – Dawn Raid, by Vindication

($110,000 purchase by Big Chief Racing at 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale)

Curlin, who is coming off a career-best season by his racing progeny in 2015, is a rising star in the North American sire ranks. The stallion will look to really break through with a Kentucky Derby winner in Exaggerator, the romping winner of the Santa Anita Derby.

Hall of Famer Curlin, of course, was honored as Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and retired as North America’s leading money winner. His victories included the Dubai World Cup, Preakness Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Stephen Foster Handicap, Woodward Stakes, and two editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. The Breeders’ Cup victory came on a sloppy track, and Exaggerator has also excelled on wet surfaces.

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Curlin has quietly established himself as a powerful source of stamina, producing a classic horse from each of his first three crops. Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, Ride On Curlin was second in the 2014 Preakness, and Keen Ice was third in the 2015 Belmont. In keeping with that theme of distance ability, nine of Curlin’s 10 graded stakes winners have scored those victories at a mile or beyond.

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Curlin balances out Exaggerator’s female family, which is slanted toward speed. Exaggerator’s dam, the stakes-placed Vindication mare Dawn Raid, set a track record at Woodbine for 5 1/2 furlongs, her longest winning distance. Exaggerator is the only one of her foals to win beyond a sprint distance.

It is the family of Canadian champions Embur’s Song and Eternal Search and of Grade 1 winner Island Sand.

Mykala Widner More than 1 year ago
I like to make little info books on Kentucky Derby horses every year, and I can never find the breed, only color. For example:
Web: Brown/Bay
What I'm Looking For: Quarter Horse, Morgan, etc.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I like the horse but will never bet the jock. 
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
This horses numbers are right in the ballpark of what it takes to get the derby distance as far as pedigree is concerned . The bottom has more speed but Curlin adds some stamina and the result is right on the borderline for the derby distance these days. The problem is how he has performed so far .with the exception of the Santa Anita derby he was giving every indication that he was a miler at best. Even his trainer showed doubts about how long he would go. So what was different about the SA derby ?. In my opinion 2 things the first the slopp and the second the pace fell apart . This horse had already showed an affinity for wet surfaces when he won the Delta jackpot. And at Santa Anita he got a wet track and he was far of a blistering pace . He was able to circle the field and come home while others struggled with the surface and the pace. So if it rains on derby day he could be a factor on a fast track I think he will be found wanting late. That's only an opinion he could also have simply improved in his last and become a new horse. I doubt it.
Stephen Apple More than 1 year ago
If Danzing Candy takes the bait and we get a 22.5 or less opening quarter, I like Exaggerrator's chances. But the opening will need to be blistering, like in 2001. Something around 45 flat would be ideal. In most recent Derbies, the winners have been allowed to stalk the pace with impunity. If Danzing Candy does what he's supposed to, that ain't gonna happen this year. Nyquist will have to actually run his best.
Nick Pavletic More than 1 year ago
Complete pace meltdown in SA Derby , along with his preference for sloppy surfaces, makes the top FIG an outlier.  Came home on the crown of the track as did the next winner that day from extremely far back in a sprint no less!  Unless track is sloppy, this horse is a throw out next Saturday!  Prior to SA Derby all the "smart guys" we're calling this a 1 turn horse.  Why did they change their opinion now?
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Watch the 7f San Vicente. It was on a "fast track," and Exaggerator sat within a length of the lead off 22.50/44.49 and evened with Nyquist at 6f in 1:08.56 only to lose by 1.5 lengths in a 1:20.71 race. If you believe he needs slop and a track-bias then you are mistaken. Now, you may believe that he is not as good as Nyquist, but your other spiel is just BS.  
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
At 7f he does not need a wet track .thats his best distance .going 1 1/4 m that's a different story .churchill is rarely as forgiving as Santa Anita.
Al Gee More than 1 year ago
Exaggerator had the best prep by far. Only question is if it was a breakout race or mostly due to the slop.
Mark More than 1 year ago
But he didn't.

Timothy TJ Trahey More than 1 year ago
I really like Exaggerator....he will be on my tickets. He just seems to have it. ...I've hit the last three Derby trifecta .....gonna keep this horse on my load of tickets.
Mark More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed it has taken three days for someone to tell you......LIES!