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2007 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Pedigree: Point Given - Santaria (Star De Naskra)

Owner: Robert Clay and Faisal Salman

Trainer: Bob Baffert


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Mar 17 07 San Felipe S. 2nd
Mar 04 07 Alw 1st
Feb 04 07 MSW 1st
Jan 12 07 MSW 2nd
Air Commander's Race Record

Air Commander, the son of Point Given is a one-paced horse with a huge stride, and still has a lot of maturing to do. He’s not quite fast enough or shifty enough to compete with the heavy hitters right now, but is the type who could start catching up with every race. It’s just a question of how much catching up he can do between now and the Derby.

In the San Felipe, he looked to be a serious threat at the top of the stretch, but didn’t corner as smoothly as Cobalt Blue and wasn’t able to kick in gear as quickly as the winner, falling two lengths back. Once he leveled off, he pretty much matched strides with Cobalt Blue, and looked like a colt who will get better with more distance. It must be noted that he was dropping back in distance from a mile and an eighth. Baffert said he hasn’t decided where to run him next.