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2006 Experimental Free Handicap

Street Sense is the top weight at 4 pounds more than runner-up Scat Daddy.

Date: 01/25/2007

Street Sense, 10-length winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, received the high weight assignment of 127 pounds on the 2006 Experimental Free Handicap, released today by The Jockey Club. The 127 pounds assigned to Street Sense is 1 pound above the assignment on last year’s high weight, Stevie Wonderboy, and is the highest assignment for a colt since Favorite Trick received 128 pounds on the 1997 Experimental Free Handicap. The filly division is headed by undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Dreaming of Anna at 123 pounds.

The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading two-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. This year’s weighting committee of racing secretaries was composed of Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs, P.J. Campo of the New York Racing Association and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

The committee weighted a total of 92 males and 85 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all two-year-olds of 2006 that finished among the top four in graded or other unrestricted races with an added value of at least $75,000, run in the continental United States. The full lists for both colts and fillies are accessible here on the Jockey Club website.

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 with an asterisk by their name.

Colts and Geldings Fillies
127 - Street Sense*
123 - Scat Daddy*
122 - Circular Quay*
122 - Great Hunter*
122 - Nobiz Like Shobiz*
121 - Stormello*
120 - Tiz Wonderful*
119 - Any Given Saturday*
119 - Horse Greeley*
119 - Liquidity*
119 - Pegasus Wind
119 - Principle Secret
118 - King of the Roxy*
117 - Belgravia*
117 - Roman Commander*

full list of colts and geldings

  123 - Dreaming of Anna
120 - Octave
119 - Cash Included
118 - Appealing Zophie
118 - Point Ashley
118 - Romance Is Diane
117 - Bel Air Beauty
117 - Cotton Blossom
116 - Quick Little Miss
115 - Boca Grande
115 - Lady Joanne
115 - Sutra
115 - Untouched Talent
114 - Change Up
114 - Down
114 - Featherbed
114 - Meadow Breeze

full list of fillies

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