Updated on 09/17/2011 9:49AM

Vindication, 'Storm Flag' lead the way

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NEW YORK - Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vindication and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Storm Flag Flying are the topweights on the 2002 Experimental Free Handicap, which was announced Monday.

This was the seventh straight year that the winners of the Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds were the topweights or co-topweights for the Experimental. The last colt or gelding who did not win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was topweight on the Experimental was Maria's Mon in 1995. Unbridled's Song won the Juvenile that year. Among the fillies, you have to go back to 1985, when Twilight Ridge won the Juvenile Fillies but I'm Splendid was the Experimental topweight.

Vindication was assigned 126 pounds while Storm Flag Flying was assigned 123 pounds. Both weights have become the standard top assignment. The last time there was a deviation was 1997, when Favorite Trick was top among males at 128 and Countess Diana was the highest female at 125 pounds.

The Experimental Free Handicap has been published annually by The Jockey Club, and is compiled for a 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt. The racing secretaries who made up the 2002 weighting committee were Mike Lakow of the New York Racing Association, Tom Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and Frank Gabriel Jr. of Arlington Park. Gabriel succeeded the late Howard Battle, the longtime racing secretary at Keeneland who had served on the Experimental committee since 1986.

This year's committee weighted a total of 64 colts and geldings, and 56 fillies.

Vindication, owned by Padua Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, capped a 4-for-4 season in 2002 with a 2 3/4-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park. Vindication, who also won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile, was weighted two pounds more than Toccet, winner of the Champagne, Hollywood Futurity, Remsen, and Laurel Futurity.

Storm Flag Flying was also 4 for 4 in 2002, including victories in the Frizette and Matron stakes in addition to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She is owned by Ogden Mills Phipps and trained by Shug McGaughey. Composure, winner of the Oak Leaf, was rated two pounds below Storm Flag Flying at 121.

2002 Experimental free handicap

Colts & Geldings

Wgt.HorseColorSireStateBreeder
126Vindicationdk b/brSeattle SlewKYPayson Stud Inc.
124ToccetbAwesome AgainKYDan Borislow
122Kafwaindk b/brCherokee RunKYDr. & Mrs. R. Smiser West
 Sky MesabPulpitKYHarbor View Farm
119Hold That TigerchStorm CatKYTen Broeck Farm Inc
 Icecoldbeeratredsdk b/brIn Excess (IRE)CAMichael E. Pegram
 WhywhywhychMr. GreeleyKYJames E. Jones
117Bull Marketdk b/brHoly BullKYMalinda L Fiveash & Cheryl Green
116Listen IndybA.P. IndyKYWertheimer & Frere
 ZavatabPhone TrickKYMill Ridge Farm, Ltd., Jamm, Ltd. & Dr. J. A. Chandler
115Added EdgechSmart StrikeKYGulf Coast Farms Bloodstock LP
 Domestic Disputech Unbridled's SongKYGary Garber
 Pretty WildbWild AgainKYE. Paul Robsham
114Lone Star SkybConquistador CieloFLJaime S. Carrion
113Most Feareddk b/brCommancheroTXTom Durant
 SotochDehereKYDomino Stud of Lexington, LLC
112ChampalibGlittermanKYMcKee Stables, Inc.
 Chief Plannerdk b/brGeneral MeetingCAMr. & Mrs. John C. Mabee
 Crowned DancerchTactical AdvantageFLVal Hunter & Bill Hunter
 Peace RuleschJulesFLNewchance Farm
 Truckle Featuredk b/brSaint BalladoKYMr. & Mrs. G. David Shashura
111ErinsouthernmanbEltishFLLive Oak Stud
 Lismore KnightbWoodmanKYBon Marche, Wallace
110Boston BullbBoston HarborKYMarvin Delfiner & Fred Seitz
 Man Among MenchGentlemen (ARG)KYR. D. Hubbard & Connie Sczesny
 PossebSilver DeputyKYRobert E. Low & Lawana L Low
 Roll Hennessy RollchHennessyKYJust the Beginning Farm
 Ten Cents a Shinedk b/brDevil His DueOHH. Ray Horn & Devil His Due Syndicate
 Valid Videodk b/brValid WagerFLCasey Seaman
109BhambBoston HarborKYGainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
 Tito's BeauchBeau GeniusKYWindwoods Farm
108Coax KidbKissin KrisFLJohn Franks
 Outta HerechDehereKYRalph C. Wilson Jr. Trustee
 Super FusechLite the FuseKYAdena Springs
107AnasheedchA.P. IndyKYDarley Stud Management LLC
 Cat Geniusdk b/brWestern CatFLGeorge De Benedicty
 Super FrolicchPine BluffKYCherokee Farms, Inc
 What a Bad Daygr/roDehereKYElmer E. Miller
106Alkedk b/brGrand SlamKYWhite Fox Farm
 Boston Parkdk b/brBoston HarborKYOverbrook Farm
 Empire Makerdk b/brUnbridledKYJuddmonte Farms, Inc.
 FarnobTactical AdvantageFLPatricia Generazio
 Only the BestbSmokesterCAMr. & Mrs. Alvin E. Toffel
 Private Golddk b/brSeeking the GoldKYChristiana Stables
 Wildcat HeirbForest WildcatKYNew Farm
 Zydeco AffairbIslefaxyouKYE & D Enterprises
105Action Tonightdk b/brHadifTXGeorge A. Wolff
 Coach Jimi LeechRoarKYBrenda Jones
 Comic TruthchProudest RomeoFLDr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. Vilasini D. Jayaraman
 CrackupbDistorted HumorCAMalibu Valley Farms Inc., Arthur Alisi & Mary Alisi
 EcheverriabAwesome AgainKYPollock Farms
 Friendly MikebHonour and GloryKYHersey Farm Corp.
 Irontondk b/brNot For LoveMDDr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman
 Leo's Last HurrahybLeo CastelliTXJoseph F. Archer
 Millennium StormchFuture StormFLSally Anderson
 Rapid Proofdk b/brFast PlayKYDolphus C. Morrison
 Red ApachechEnd SweepKYJohn R. Gaines Thoroughbreds
 Trust N LuckchMontbrookFLWiest's-Heather's 2000
 Unleash the Powerdk b/brUnbridledFLGlen Hill Farm
104Outer ReefbPulpitKYH. Lascelles, Penfold Bloodstock & H. McCalmont
 Roaring Feverdk b/brStorm CatKYEdward P. Evans
 Royal SiphonbSiphon (BRZ)KYMr. & Mrs. Larry Williams
 Sharp Impactdk b/brSiphon (BRZ)KYBrereton C. Jones
 Sir CherokeebCherokee RunKYDomino Stud of Lexington, LLC

Fillies

Wgt.HorseColorSireStateBreeder
123Storm Flag Flyingdk b/brStorm CatKYPhipps Stable
121ComposurebTouch GoldKYRancho San Peasea S. A.
119ElloluvbGilded TimeKYNorth Wales LLC
118Awesome Humordk b/brDistorted HumorKYDr. Naveed Chowhan
117Miss Houdinidk b/brBelong to MeKYBo Hirsch
 Santa CatarinabUnbridledKYDinwiddie Farm
115BuffythecenterfoldbCapoteKYOverbrook Farm
113Freedom's DaughterbSaint BalladoPAGeorge Strawbridge
 My Boston GalbBoston HarborKYOverbrook Farm
 Westerly Breezedk b/brGone WestKYThe Thoroughbred Corp
112Atlantic Oceandk b/brStormy AtlanticFLArthur I. Appleton
111Roar Emotiondk b/brRoarKYBrenda Jones
 Ruby's Receptiongr/roRubianoKYAvalon Farm
110ChimichurrichElusive QualityKYBlackwater Investments & Manganaro Bloodstock
 Forever Partnersdk b/brNot For LoveNJTimber Creek Farm
 Ivanavinalotdk b/brWest AcreFLGilbert G. Campbell
 Puxa SacochDehereKYHomer Noble & Gayno Stable
 RandaroobGold CaseKYDennis Drazin
 Sea JewelchSea HeroKYMr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss
109Wild SnitchchForest WildcatKYNew Farm
108Humorous Ladydk b/brDistorted HumorCAMalibu Valley Farms Inc.
 Miss Mary Applesdk b/brClever TrickKYBruce Hundley
 Ocean Drivedk b/brBelong to MeKYJames D. Conway & Thomas C. Mueller
 Summer Wind Dancergr/roSiberian SummerCARichard Wira
107Fast CookiebDeputy MinisterKYStonerside Stable
 Holiday RunnerbMeadowlakeKYBarry R. Ostrager
 Tricks HerbFavorite TrickKYGulf Coast Farms Bloodstock
106Major Ideadk b/brCherokee RunKYRussell S. Fisher
 Midnight CrychSmart StrikeKYRunnymede Farm Inc. & Peter J. Callahan
 Mike's WildcatchForest WildcatKYDon Mattox
 Moonlight SonatabCarson CityKYWoodbridge Farm
 One and Twentydk b/brHonour and GloryKYSeth Klarman
 Savedbythelightdk b/brSaint BalladoKYR. C. Durr & George Budig
 StellarchGrand SlamVAEdward P. Evans
105Indy GroovechA.P. IndyKYTen Broeck Farm Inc
 Makin HeatbMakinVASpencer F. Young
 SourisbDefrereKYMr. & Mrs. Roy M. Jackson
104AllspicebCoronado's QuestKYJim Tafel
 Elegant Designerdk b/brSuave ProspectFLFarnsworth Farms
 EspychMt. LivermoreKYClaiborne Farm
 Final RoundbStorm CatKYDinwiddie Farm Limited Partnership
 Holiday LadybDeputy CommanderKYJohn Sullivan
 Little Bit a Swissgr/roSwiss YodelerCAMarvin Malmuth
 Marc's RainbowchSummer SquallNYAlbert Fried
 My Trusty CatbTale of the CatKYVintage Racing
 SweettrickydancerchGreen DancerKYEduardo Rojas Sr.
 Tangle (IRE)dk b/brBob BackIRECarrigbeg Stud Co Ltd
103Appleby GardensbA.P. IndyONRod Ferguson
 Belle of PerintownbDehereKYBradley Wayne Hughes
 Fabulous Brushdk b/brCobra KingFLDr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman
 Feisty StepbCoronado's QuestKYDr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
 Fircroftdk b/brA.P. IndyKYG. Watts Humphrey Jr.
 House Partygr/roFrench DeputyFLJ. V. Shields Jr.
 Partingdk b/brHay HaloTXRo Parra
 Red Celldk b/brGeriKYHermitage Farm LLC
 Watching YouchCoronado's QuestKYB. Wayne Hughes