POINTS TO PONDER: JOCKEY CLUB EXPERIMENTAL FREE HANDICAP

  • The largest difference from high weight to second was in 2007 with War Pass at 127 pounds, seven more than Dixie Chatter, Into Mischief and Pyro at 120.
  • Of the five Kentucky Derby winners assigned a weight, the average weight assignment was 119.2 pounds.
  • Of the 15 horses high weighted or co-high weighted, three went on to win a Triple Crown race (Union Rags, Lookin At Lucky, Street Sense), three others won graded stakes (Hansen, Uncle Mo, Declan’s Moon), and three others were Grade 1-placed (Midshipman, War Pass, Wilko).
  • High weights and horses giving 5 pounds or less to the high weights for the male division account for 49 horses.
  • Of those 49 males, 27 won graded stakes as 3-year-olds. Only 10 of the 49 did not at least place in a graded race at 3.
  • That group of 49 has produced seven winners of Triple Crown races — Union Rags, Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver, Street Sense, Afleet Alex, Giacomo and Birdstone.
  • Fifteen horses that went on to win a Triple Crown race the following year were not rated on the Experimental Free Handicap.
  • Two fillies have won Triple Crown races in the course of the past 10 years: Rags to Riches, the 2007 Belmont Stakes winner, was not rated among females in 2006 and Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Preakness winner, was rated at 116 pounds in 2008.

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