Bio for Stay Put
Stay Put won consecutive races at the Fair Grounds in December and January, then finished fifth in the Grade 2 Risen Star and Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at the New Orleans racing racetrack. The chestnut, who had been devoid of early speed in his previous efforts, raced closer to the pace when confronted with glacial fractions in an optional claimer at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard, a race he won by three-quarters of a length.
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Profile by Marcus Hersh
Strengths: Consistency. Three-time winner has never run poorly in a seven-start career. You know what you're getting here. Also, Stay Put has made forward progress throughout every one of his races. Even in his pair of fifths in graded stakes at Fair Grounds, he was picking off horses through the stretch run. Not likely to be a dead closer going 1 1/2 miles and has the sort of grinding, keeps-on-coming style (and pedigree) that should play well at the marathon distance.
Weaknesses: We don't know if he has the quality to win a race like the Belmont. Pace and racing luck were against him in his two stakes tries, but a really good horse with more brilliance might well have cracked the top three in those spots. He's in with other staying types who might be finishing just as well as him.
Strategy: Came from the back of bulky fields at Fair Grounds, but when in a paceless race at Churchill Downs with a shorter field, he stuck close to the leaders. If front-runners here are walking, he won't be far from the lead. If the pace is legit, he will be 10 lengths off the lead coming into the far turn.
Value: It exists here. He's 20-1 on the morning line, the same price as Dave in Dixie, and not far off Spangled Star. Really? While winning might be a stretch, Stay Put could easily add value to trifecta and superfecta wagers.
Pedigree Analysis By Dan Illman
Sire: Broken Vow, a son of Unbridled, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic, succeeded at distances from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, but excelled in longer-distance races. He received 10 triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures around two turns, including a 116 for winning the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes on Keeneland's dirt at 1 1/8 miles. Broken Vow also won the Grade 2 Iselin Handicap at nine furlongs at Monmouth. Not surprisingly, Broken Vow's progeny have done best going long. His daughter, Unbridled Belle, won six stakes races between 1 1/16 miles and 1 1/4 miles, including the Grade 1 Beldame. The Broken Vow-Dixieland Band nick has produced Grade 1 route winner Cotton Blossom and Grade 3 sprint winner Sindy With an S.
Dam: Stay Put is a half-brother to Could Be, winner of the Grade 3 Chaposa Springs Handicap at seven furlongs. Their dam, O.K. Mom, won 2 of 11 lifetime starts, with both wins coming in sprint races. The second dam is a sprint-winning half-sister to Grade 1 route winner Top Corsage and Grade 3-placed turf runner Seattle Symphony. This is the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Slewpy.
Outlook: Considering the speedy influences in the immediate female family, it's possible that the 12-furlong distance will be a little long for Stay Put. Still, it's worth noting the stamina up top as well as the class deep in the pedigree. Stay Put looks questionable at the distance.