04/02/2015 11:33AM

Kentucky Derby pedigree profiles: Carpe Diem

Barbara D. Livingston
Carpe Diem is seeking to become the first American classic winner for perennial leading sire Giant's Causeway.

Carpe Diem
Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song
(Bred in Kentucky by Coffee Pot Stable; $1.6 million purchase by Stonestreet Stables at 2014 OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training

Blue Grass Stakes heavy favorite Carpe Diem brings a strong résumé into his final prep for the Kentucky Derby, having never finished worse than second and sporting a pair of graded stakes victories around two turns. Continued success would be no surprise for WinStar Farm’s and Stonestreet Stables’s colt, who gets high-class routing ability from the top half of his pedigree and dirt ability from the bottom.

Carpe Diem is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Rebridled Dreams, who finished third in the Grade 2 Silverbulletday Stakes as a 3-year-old and later that season won the Money Penny Stakes, both at 1 1/16 miles. The mare is the dam of five winners from six starters, but only two of those have won around two turns – Carpe Diem and J. B.’s Thunder, who won the 2010 Breeders’ Futurity. Of her other foals, multiple stakes winner Doncaster Rover had a maximum winning distance of seven furlongs, while Dreamwriter and Moojab won at six furlongs.

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Rebridled Dreams could cover a route of ground on dirt herself, so the difference maker in her produce record may come from the stallion. J. B.’s Thunder is by classic winner and sire Thunder Gulch. Carpe Diem is by perennial leading sire Giant’s Causeway, who has yet to sire an American classic winner, with his best finish in the Triple Crown series a third by Creative Cause in the 2012 Preakness Stakes. However, that may be just a matter of time, as his top runners have shown the distance aptitude needed – albeit, with some of that success coming on turf. Giant’s Causeway is the sire of European classic winner Shamardal and Canadian classic winner Irish Mission. More recently, his first Eclipse Award champion, Take Charge Brandi, won four consecutive stakes at a mile or longer to establish herself atop her class before being sidelined by injury.

Rebridled Dreams is out of the Corridor Key mare Key Cents, who won going a mile but posted her biggest victory in the Iroquois Handicap at seven furlongs. She is the dam of five winners from seven starters, including the stakes-placed sprinter Stormin Brigade.

Broodmare sire Unbridled’s Song is well represented on this year’s Triple Crown trail; in addition to Carpe Diem, Wood Memorial contender El Kabeir is out of the late sire’s unraced daughter Great Venue. Nicking Giant’s Causeway over an Unbridled’s Song mare has proven productive in the past, as it is also responsible for Hold Me Back, a graded stakes winner up to 1 1/4 miles on synthetic, and Bow Bells, a stakes winner at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
I have a 7vo max 17 per my wife. But I ain't still hit no winners in years. Vince P
tommy More than 1 year ago
He has a good late kick!!! The only thing I don't like is that he is behind in fitness levels compared to other top horses!! He cannot go a mile @ 1:36 or less and sustain that pace throughout the stretch like firing line, materiality, Dortmund, Dubai sky, prospect park, mubtaahij. Everyone said last breeders cup he was so good and he finished for 2nd but got beat over 7 lengths !! Carpe diem will not win kentucky derby but he is good to use under neath exacta, trifecta, superfecta !! The only way I will consider him on top is if he does a mile @ 1:36 or less and finial between 1:47 - 1:49 at the very least !!!
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
You say he is behind in fitness, but your touting a horse who hasn't raced at 2. Why can't you give us the horse you like, rather than half the field. Like I said earlier " it's kinda early!! What if Carpe Diem wins by 20, and breaks the track record by a few seconds. Is he still NOT gonna win Derby???
tommy More than 1 year ago
I give up!!!! I'm not educating anymore. Good luck, I really wish you good luck!!! I will show you my wining pick 3, trifecta and superfecta ticket!! I only bet horses who have high lactate threshold and vo2 max!! This is a good deep field so I will use a few. Firing line and Dortmund have equal vo2 max and they finished twice Dortmund winning by nose and the other time by head or neck!!! But I think firing line has progressed faster with his monster win in Sunland derby!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a previous comment you said Pletcher doesn't know how to train yet you like his horses yet you say this one lacks stamina. You love to tout phrases like high lactate threshold and vo2 max OVER and OVER because it makes you feel important. You refuse to say which horse you like the best to win it all. Instead you just say I have these 8 horses over these 12 and the other 20 next for the trifecta. Way to sit on the picket fence with one firmly planted up your VO2 to the MAX!!!! One thing for sure is you have educated us on an that is you wear a size 7 tin foil hat.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I gave you my picks 1st : materiality, firing line, mubtaahij 2nd : Dubai sky, international star, carpe diem, Dortmund, American pharaoh, materiality, firing line, mubtaahij, prospect park 3rd: el kabier, Dubai sky, international star, carpe diem, Dortmund, American pharaoh, materiality, firing line, mubtaahij, prospect park
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In other words you like ALL the horses. Way to go out on a limb. I bet you like to put show wages on 20 horses too. Daddy must have deep pockets. Do you understand ROI? Of course you don't. When you wear your tinfoil hat do you talk to the Great Gazoo?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
most of all "tommy" why are you privileged to high lactate threshold and vo2 max!! Why have I never seen this before in any handicapping tools out there. I am calling you out. Where is this information? I suspect you read it somewhere in pro athletes training camps and transferred that thought to horses. I say you are full of horse droppings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tommy comes with a long history... Trying to instill logic into Tommy is like trying to teach Japanese to a gold fish
Nick Pavletic More than 1 year ago
Horses can't tell time! Pace, surface condition and field size determine final times. I pay more attention to fractional splits than the final time of race.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats pretty well what I look for. Pace makes race. A great example of 2 races with the same final running time but with 2 distinct pace scenarios Ocean Knight ran in a slow paced SF Davis and due to that he was able to stay close and make a small push to eke out a win' :24.1 / :48.3 / 1:12.4 / 1:43.3 In the Tampa bay Derby it had faster splits :23.0 / :46.3 / 1:11.1 / 1:43.3 Ocean Knight could not sustain any pace and faltered badly. The reverse can be said for Amis Flatter who loves to make a bid from off the pace. No bid in the SF Davis because of the slow pace. In The Tampa Bay Derby there was lot of pace to run at and he finished 2nd. 2nd because there was a horse called Carpe Diem in it. ¨