TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Maxfield

5) MAXFIELD (c, Street SenseVelvety, by Bernardini)
O/B-Godolphin LLC (KY). T-Brendan Walsh. Lifetime Record: GISW, 2-2-0-0, $354,412.
Last Start: 1st GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, KEE, Oct. 5
Next Start: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 10.

Maxfield celebrated his birthday Monday with his first published workout since mid-November surgery to fix a mildly displaced ankle chip. He breezed three-eighths in :38.20 (13/16) at Palm Meadows, and it’s still too early in his comeback for the connections of this Godolphin homebred to commit to a race. This colt will clearly be the last among the Top 12 Derby prospects to debut in 2020, but for anyone who was wowed by Maxfield’s bounding, 5 1/2-length, loop-the-group pasting of the GI Breeders’ Futurity S. field at Keeneland Oct. 5, the wait should be worth it. That win represented the most visually impressive two-turn juvenile stakes win in 2019, and it’s since been backed up by solid performances by the second, third-, and fourth-place finishers (two of whom are ranked right behind Maxfield at Nos. 7 and 8).

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