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2003 Experimental Free Handicap

Action This Day the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and 2003 Experimental Free Handicap co-topweight.

Date: 01/27/2004

Given the lack of a dominant 2-year-old colt in 2003, it is no surprise that the Experimental Free Handicap has three co-topweights. Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Action This Day, Belmont Futurity winner Cuvee, and Norfolk winner Ruler's Court all share top billing this year at 126 pounds. The Experimental Free Handicap has been published annually by The Jockey Club since 1933, and is compiled for a hypothetical 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt in the spring. The weighting committee this year consisted of racing secretaries Frank Gabriel (Arlington Park), Mike Lakow (the New York Racing Association), and Tom Robbins (Del Mar Thoroughbred Club).

"It was difficult, because we all know the Breeders' Cup did not have some of the top 2-year-olds competing this year," Lakow said. "We cannot take away that race from the winner. We felt one was not more impressive than, as it turned out, the other two."

For the fillies, the obvious choice was the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Halfbridled. She was ranked at 124 pounds, four pounds higher than second ranked Ashado. The list of filly rankings is available here.

The other use of the Experimental rankings are in determining which horses are "dual qualifiers" for the Kentucky Derby. Horses ranked within 10 pounds of the male topweight or who are a champion in another country and have a Dosage Index of 4.0 or less and a Center of Distribution of 1.25 or less are considered the dual qualifiers. These horses have statistically shown that they have a better chance at winning the Derby. Dual qualifiers are highlighted below by their names being in red letters.

Wgt  Horse Color Sire State Breeder
126 Action This Day b by Kris S. KY Jaime S. Carrion, Trustee
126 Cuvee ch by Carson City KY Verne H. Winchell
126 Ruler's Court dk b/br  by Doneraile Court KY Douglas Arnold & Dr. Roy Sadovsky
124 Birdstone b by Grindstone KY Marylou Whitney Stables
123 Lion Heart ch by Tale of the Cat KY Sabine Stable
122 Eurosilver dk b/br  by Unbridled's Song KY Buckram Oak Farm
121 Chapel Royal dk b/br  by Montbrook FL Ocala Stud Farm
121 Minister Eric ch by Old Trieste KY Diamond A Racing Corp.
120 Silver Wagon gr/ro by Wagon Limit FL Mr. & Mrs. Leverett S. Miller
119 Perfect Moon b by Malibu Moon MD Mr. & Mrs. Hugh J. O'Donovan
119 Siphonizer dk b/br  by Siphon (BRZ) KY Brereton C. Jones
118 Read the Footnotes b by Smoke Glacken NY Lawrence Goichman
117 The Cliff's Edge dk b/br  by Gulch KY Stonerside Stable
116 Tiger Hunt dk b/br  by Kris S. KY WinStar Farm, LLC
115 Cactus Ridge b by Hennessy KY Dream Walkin' Farms, Inc.
115 Dashboard Drummer dk b/br  by Alamocitos OK Bob Pogue & Paulette Pogue
115 Limehouse ch by Grand Slam FL Cheryl A. Curtin
115 Mr. Jester dk b/br  by Silver Deputy KY G. Watts Humphrey Jr.
115 Pomeroy b by Boundary KY Cherry Valley Farm LLC
115 St Averil dk b/br  by Saint Ballado KY Gunsmith Stables
114 Fire Slam b by Grand Slam KY Julie Jones Mogge
114 Tapit gr/ro by Pulpit KY Oldenburg Farms, LLC
112 Castledale (IRE) b by Peintre Celebre IRE Gigginstown House Stud
112 Second of June dk b/br  by Louis Quatorze FL Lambholm & E. Felcher
112 Value Plus gr/ro by Unbridled's Song KY Just the Beginning Farm
111 Capitano ch by Belong to Me PA Brushwood Stable
111 Cooperation b by Halo's Image FL Louis A. Gurino
111 Dealer Choice (FR) b by Green Tune FR William Trichter
110 Master David ch by Grand Slam KY Hopewell Investments LLC, et al.
110 Notorious Rogue b by Victory Gallop KY Mr. & Mrs. T. M. Foreman III
110 Sir Oscar dk b/br  by Halo's Image FL Oscar Novo
110 That's an Outrage b by Quiet American KY Christopher L. Elser
110 Timo gr/ro by El Prado (IRE) KY C.K. Woods Stables, Inc
109 Deputy Storm b by Forestry KY Lady Slipper Farm
109 Heckle gr/ro by Hennessy KY Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds & Pacelco S.A.
109 Smokume ch by Smoke Glacken FL Hobeau Farm Ltd.
108 Blairs Roarin Star dk b/br  by Roar KY John J. Greely III
108 First Money dk b/br  by Lil's Lad KY Dreabon Copeland
108 Joe Six Pack b by Silver Deputy KY Gainesway Thoroughbreds LTD
108 Paddington ch by Saint Ballado KY Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock, L.P.
108 Stolen Time ch by Time Bandit FL Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. Vilasini Jayaraman
107 Artie Schiller b by El Prado (IRE) KY Haras Du Mezeray S.A.
107 Blushing Indian b by Cherokee Run KY Thomas/Lakin/Kintz
107 Commendation gr/ro by Capote KY William Schettine
107 Excellent Band b by Dixieland Band KY Brereton C. Jones
107 Gran Prospect ch by Crafty Prospector KY Foxfield
107 Lightnin N Thunder gr/ro by Storm Cat KY WinStar Farm, LLC
107 Military Mandate b by Perfect Mandate CA Joe Turner
107 Wynn Dot Comma ch by Struggler (GB) FL T. Wynn Jolley & Harry Hoglander
106 Lucky Pulpit ch by Pulpit KY Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams
106 Quiet Cash dk b/br  by Real Quiet KY Michael E. Pegram
106 Skipaslew ch by Skip Away VA Morgan's Ford Farm & Skip Away, LLC
106 Stalking Tiger b by Twin Spires CA Woolsey & Daehling
105 El Sysco Kid ch by Sea of Secrets KY Running Grey Stable Inc.
105 Korbyn Gold gr/ro by Gold Case KY L. T. Smith Enterprises
105 The Herc b by Lord Carson KY Paula Capestro
104 Charming Jim gr/ro by Silver Charm KY Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lewis
104 Consecrate gr/ro by Silver Charm KY Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
104 Polish Rifle b by Polish Numbers MD Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes
104 Proper Prado gr/ro by El Prado (IRE) KY Mrs. James Winn
104 Tin Can Sailor dk b/br  by Military KY Glencrest Farm LLC
103 Adage ch by Tale of the Cat KY Arthur B. Hancock III
103 El Prado Rob b by El Prado (IRE) KY Mill Ridge Farm, Ltd., Dr. John A. Chandler, C. R. McGaughey III & Jamm, Ltd.
103 Flushing Meadows b by Grand Slam KY Liberation Farm & Oratis Thoroughbreds
103 Ghost Mountain dk b/br  by Silver Ghost KY Carolyn T. Groves
103 Glittergem b by Glitterman KY Justice Farm, Greg Justice & Steve Justice
103 Grand Score b by Grand Slam KY Group One & J. Mamakos
103 Hasslefree dk b/br  by Forestry KY Lynn B. Schiff
103 Hi Teck Man ch by Claudius TX Hassel R. Spraberry
103 Imperialism gr/ro by Langfuhr KY Farnsworth Farms
103 Milestone Victory b by Dynaformer KY Richard Kaster, Nathan Fox & Haller Stables Ltd.
103 Oncearoundtwice ch by Prospector's Music TX Parrish Hill Farm, Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. & Ramona S. Bass
103 Pro Prado gr/ro by El Prado (IRE) KY Mrs. James Winn
103 Texas Deputy ch by Deputy Commander TX Stonerside Stable
103 Voladero ch by Private Talk FL University of Florida Foundation
103 West Virginia dk b/br  by Tomorrows Cat NY Donald & R. Mary Zuckerman, as Tenants by the Entireties
102 Acclimate ch by Forestry KY Aaron U. Jones & Marie D. Jones
102 Afternoon Charlie b by Afternoon Deelites TX Phillip Robertson
102 Boston Brahmin b by Boston Harbor KY Overbrook Farm
102 Capejinsky dk b/br  by Cape Town KY Cabotaba Partnership
102 Cool Conductor b by Stravinsky KY Rio Claro Tbs. Inc., R. D. Hubbard & C. Sczesny
102 Dave the Dude dk b/br  by Swiss Yodeler CA Dr. & Mrs. Mikel Harrington & Keith Vander Houwen & Joy Vander Houwen
102 Don'tsellmeshort gr/ro by Benchmark CA Mary H. Caldwell
102 Grand Heritage ch by Grand Slam KY Foxfield
102 Limit Free dk b/br  by Mecke FL Suzanne Sharra Maxwell
102 Terroplane (FR) gr/ro by Verglas (IRE) FR Patricia Beck
102 There Goes Rocket dk b/br  by Valid Expectations TX Ed Few
102 Twice as Bad gr/ro by Stormy Atlantic FL Linda S. Rosenblatt

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