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Vale of York (center) and Looking at Lucky (outside) share the top weight on the 2009 Experimental Free Handicap.

2009 Experimental Free Handicap

Date: 01/28/2010

Vale of York (IRE) and Lookin at Lucky, the one-two finishers, respectively, of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile, share the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2009 Experimental Free Handicap released today by The Jockey Club. The 126 pounds assigned is the same as last year's high weight, Midshipman and is the standard impost for top Experimental colts. The filly division is headed by Hollywood Starlet winner Blind Luck and Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner She Be Wild 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 2-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 93 males and 82 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2009 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
126 - Lookin At Lucky *
126 - Vale of York (IRE) *
124 - Noble's Promise *
123 - Buddy's Saint *
122 - Pounced *
122 - Super Saver *
120 - Piscitelli
119 - Aikenite *
119 - D' Funnybone *
118 - Bridgetown *
118 - Make Music for Me *
117 - Awesome Act *
117 - Dublin *
117 - Homeboykris *
117 - Interactif *
116 - Discreetly Mine *
116 - Jackson Bend
116 - The Program *
115 - Aspire
115 - Backtalk
115 - John Scott
115 - Jung Man Scott
115 - Pulsion
115 - Rule

full list of colts and geldings

  123 - Blind Luck
123 - She Be Wild
121 - Hot Dixie Chick
120 - Beautician
120 - Negligee
119 - Tapitsfly
118 - Biofuel
118 - Mi Sueno
118 - Sassy Image
116 - Always a Princess
116 - Awesome Maria
116 - Devil May Care
116 - Rose Catherine
114 - Tizahit
113 - Ailalea
113 - Quiet Temper
112 - Amen Hallelujah
112 - House of Grace
112 - Protesting
112 - The Mailet
112 - Worstcasescenario

full list of fillies

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