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2004 Experimental Free Handicap

Undefeated Declan's Moon tied with Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko for 2004 Experimental Free Handicap topweight.

Date: 01/26/2005

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko and Eclipse Award champ Declan's Moon share the top weight 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. Horses eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2004 that finished among the first four in graded or other non-restrictive races with an added value of $75,000 or more, run in the continental United States. 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).

Mike Lakow said, "We felt that the Juvenile was the strongest race, so Wilko had to be ranked at the top. As for Declan's Moon, he was unbeaten and defeated Wilko (who was third) in the Hollywood Futurity. So, he had to be co-high-weighted. The division was so competitive. We ranked plenty of them at 120 and higher, and we just hope they stay sound for this year."

For the fillies, the obvious choice was the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse Award champion Sweet Catomine. She was ranked at 124 pounds, seven pounds more than the next highest weight of 117 which was shared by Balletto, Sense of Style, and Splendid Blended.

The other use of the Experimental rankings is 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 in red.

For a list of all the Experimental Handicap horses with full info and statistics, check this PDF file from Blood Horse.

Colts and Geldings   Fillies    
WeightHorse      WeightHorse
126Declan's Moon   124Sweet Catomine
126Wilko   117Balletto (UAE)
124Afleet Alex    117Sense of Style
124Roman Ruler   117Splendid Blended
123Proud Accolade   115Ready's Gal
123Sun King   114Inspiring
122Giacomo   114Runway Model
122Rockport Harbor   114Souvenir Gift
121Devils Disciple   113Sharp Lisa
120Consolidator   113Sis City
119Galloping Grocer   112In the Gold
118Southern Africa   111Classic Elegance
117Chandtrue   111Dance Away Capote
116Flamenco   111Paddy's Daisy
116Park Avenue Ball   111Play With Fire
115Dubleo   110Melhor Ainda
115Greater Good   110Punch Appeal
114Crown Point   109Broadway Gold
114Lunarpal   109Culinary
114Primal Storm   109Louvain (IRE)
113Actxecutive   109Northern Mischief
113Defer   109Toll Taker
113Straight Line   108Chocolate Brown
113Texcess   108Enduring Will
112Boston Glory   108Hello Lucky
111Better Than Bonds   108Short Route
111Drum Major   107Conveyor's Angel
111Elusive Chris   107Megascape
111Leaving On My Mind   107Summer Raven
111Patriot Act   106Buzz Song
111Seattles Best Joe   106Culture Clash
111Seize the Day   106Hear Us Roar
111Storm Surge   106Memorette
110Bellamy Road   106Take a Check
110Boggy Creek   105Double D Appeal
110Cajun Pepper   105Kota
110Closing Argument   105Queens Plaza
110Evil Minister   104Angel Trumpet
110Gold Joy   104Bella Banissa
110Wallstreet Scandal   104Im a Dixie Girl
109B. B. Best   104No Bull Baby
109Cin Cin   104Royal Copenhagen (FR)
109Funk   103Aspen Tree
109Magoo's Magic   103Dansetta Light
109Three Hour Nap   103Jill Robin L
108Anthony J.   103K. D.'s Shady Lady
108Bushwacker   103La Maitresse (IRE)
108Littlebitofzip    103Limited Entry
108Sunny Sky (FR)   103My Miss Storm Cat
108Tadreeb   103Smuggler
107G P's Black Knight   102Berbatim
107Rey de Cafe   102Leona's Knight
106Chips Are Down   102Paragon Queen
106D'court's Speed   102Running Bobcats
106Killenaule   102Secrets Galore
106Maximus C    102She's a Jewel
106Wild Desert   101Gotta Rush
106Winsomemoneyhoney   101Lady Glade
105Cherokee Chase   101Ninadivina
105City Code   101Salute
105Doctor Voodoo   101Winning Season
105Major League   100Darn That Girl
105Rush Bay   100Malika's Gold
105Winning Expression    100Miss Matched
104Diamond Isle   100Western Princess
104Hal's Image   100Wild Chick
104Magna Graduate     
104Positive Prize     
104Ready Ruler     
104Smooth Bid     
104Spanish Chestnut     
103Smoke Warning     
102My Parade     
102Silver Haze     
101Chattahoochee War     
101Dusty Minister     
101Elusive Thunder     
101Social Probation     
101Woody's Apache     
100Favorite Minit     
100Fusaichi Rock Star     
100Reno Bob     
100Storm Creek Rising     

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