4) DENNIS’ MOMENT (c, Tiznow—Transplendid, by Elusive Quality)
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC. B-Tolo Thoroughbreds (Ky). T-Dale Romans. Sales History: $400,000 yrl ’18 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: GSW, 4-2-0-0, $167,800.
Last Start: 8th GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 1
Accomplishments Include: 1st GIII Iroquois S.
Next Start: Aiming for GII Fountain of Youth S., GP, Feb. 29
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 10.
Albaugh Family Stables owns top-ranked Thousand Words in partnership with Spendthrift Farm, and Albaugh owns ‘TDN Rising Star’ Dennis’ Moment outright, which makes for a formidable No. 1-No. 4 punch. “In the past, we were always dodging horses,” Albaugh stable manager Jason Loutsch told Thoroughbred News Service last Friday, referring to the outfit’s recent Derby hopefuls Free Drop Billy (Union Rags), Brody’s Cause (Giant’s Causeway), and J Boys Echo (Mineshaft). “We went into this year that we’re going to change our mentality. If we’re as good as we hope we are, we shouldn’t have to dodge anyone.” This $400,000 FTSAUG acquisition looms as the early favorite for the GII Fountain of Youth S. Feb. 29, and it’s worth noting that no other Top 12 horses have publicly committed to that same prep, so A-list competition might be hard to come by first time back. Dennis’ Moment is four works into his 2020 training, and he cracked bullet status on Sunday with a :58.47 (1/49) five-eighths breeze at Gulfstream.