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Uncle Mo is the top weight on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap.

2010 Experimental Free Handicap

Date: 01/27/2010

Uncle Mo, last year's champion 2-year-old male and undefeated winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile, received the high weight assignment of 128 pounds on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap, released today by The Jockey Club. The 128 pounds assigned is two pounds more than last year's co-high weights Vale of York and Lookin At Lucky. This is 2 pounds more than the standard 126 pounds and the highest assignment since Favorite Trick received 128 pounds in 1997. The filly division is headed by Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Awesome Feather at 123 pounds, the standard high weight for fillies.

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 99 males and 92 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2010 that finished among the top four in graded or listed stakes races run in the continental United States. Listed stakes in 2010 were those with a value of $75,000 or more available to all starters, and no restrictions other than age or sex. 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.

Listed below are all the colts with an Experimental weight of 115lbs or higher and all the fillies with 113lbs or higher. Dual qualifiers are highlighted below with an asterisk and each colt's dosage index is show in parentheses by his name. This year only one of the top colts has a dosage too high to be a dual qualifier. Since the fillies are unlikely to go to the Derby, I only included the dosage index for the ones at 118lbs and higher.

Colts and Geldings Fillies
128 Uncle Mo*     (2.20)
123 To Honor and Serve*     (2.38)
122 Boys At Tosconova*     (3.00)
121 Comma to the Top*     (2.20)
121 Pluck*     (1.40)
120 J P's Gusto*     (2.20)
120 Jaycito*     (3.00)
120 Kantharos*     (2.20)
119 J. B.'s Thunder     (5.00)
119 Soldat*     (2.47)
116 Rogue Romance     (3.00)
116 Santiva     (1.67)
115 Astrology     (3.42)
115 Major Gain     (2.56)
115 Mucho Macho Man     (2.43)
115 Willcox Inn     (3.00)

full list of colts and geldings

  123 Awesome Feather*     (1.59)
120 More Than Real*     (2.56)
120 Turbulent Descent*     (3.73)
119 A Z Warrior     (4.23)
119 R Heat Lightning*     (3.00)
118 Dancinginherdreams*     (3.80)
118 Kathmanblu*     (1.93)
118 Rigoletta*     (2.50)
118 Tell a Kelly*     (2.67)
118 Wickedly Perfect*     (3.67)
116 Big Tiz
116 Position Limit
116 Winter Memories
115 Indian Gracey
114 Delightful Mary
114 Dixie City
113 Full Moon Blues
113 Jordy Y
113 May Day Rose
112 Believe in A. P.
112 Harlan's Ruby
112 Neversaidiwassweet
112 Wonderlandbynight

full list of fillies

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