Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes goes down this Saturday, February 2 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. Three year olds hoping to garner a few points along the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" will go seven furlongs on Gulfstream's dirt track in search of their share of the $150,000 purse.
The Hutcheson has attracted a field of 10 three year olds to go in race 10 on Gulfstream's Saturday card. Post time is 5:05 PM. Let's take a glance into the credentials of all 10 Kentucky Derby hopefuls ahead of this important points race.
Merit Man - was two-for-two to start his career -the Tim Conway Stakes October 6 by 5 1/2 lengths and a maiden score in his debut at Del Mar in September. Since then he has been equally as good - a nice second by just a nose in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint as favorite to Hightale two back was followed by yet another win in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream January 1. Merit Man is a nose way from being perfect in his career and is the horse to beat Saturday.
Pataky Kid - was terrific on Polytrack last year and looked unstoppable on that surface. After a third in his career debut he strung together two straight impressive scores on polytrack - the last being the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity September 8. Since then he has stumbled a tad - a fourth two back in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity was followed by a fifth last time out in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs October 28.
Forty Tales - Todd Pletcher who has won this race five straight times sends out Forty Tales who is two-for-two in his career including an Allowance score last time out January 5 at Parx and a MSW score at Aqueduct November 24. He will have the stellar John Velazquez in the saddle Saturday.
Falling Sky - has three career starts and two wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out December 14 and a MSW score in his debut November 1 at Calder. Sandwiched in there is a fourth in his only stakes race - the minor Inaugural Stakes here December 1.
Singanothersong - has eight career starts with two wins, three seconds and two third place finishes with his most impressive result coming in September - a third place finish in the Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder. Singanothersong is coming off a wire-to-wire $75 K Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream January 4 to follow a third in a similar race at Gulfstream December 15.
Honorable Dillon - has three career starts for trainer Eddie Kenneally with a win two back in a MSW at Saratoga, a third in a MSW in his career debut and a second place finish last time out to Singanothersong as 13-10 favorite in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream January 4.
Little Distorted - Darrin Miller trained colt broke maiden October 28 at Belmont Park and was a nice third in his only other career start - in the minor Spectacular Bid Stakes behind Merit Man at Gulfstream January 1.
Really Sharp - has five career stars with a win and a third place finish. Last time out was a fourth in the Display Stakes December 1 at Woodbine to follow a nice third in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at Woodbine November 4. He was sixth in the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland October 7 after his only career win - a MSW race at Woodbine September 8.
Undrafted - has four career starts with two wins and two third place finishes. The thirds came in stakes action - last time out in the Gulfstream Park Derby January 1 and at the Willard L. Proctor Memorial three back at Hollywood Park. The wins came two back in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream and a MSW score in his debut at Keeneland April 26.
Weekend Hideaway - has five career starts and has placed in all - three wins including the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes last time out at Belmont Park October 20, the minor David Stakes three back at Saratoga and a MSW score before that also at Saratoga August 10. His only graded stakes action resulted in a decent third two back in the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park September 30.