5) MAXFIELD (c, Street Sense—Velvety, 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 has progressed from jogging to galloping at Palm Meadows in his comeback from mid-November surgery to repair a mildly displaced ankle chip. He had scratched the week of the Breeders’ Cup after being installed as the third favorite on the Juvenile morning line, and considering how that race ended up (45-1, 28-1 and 39-1 trifecta with two no-show heavy faves), one can only wonder what might have been had this Street Sense homebred for Godolphin been healthy enough to run. But such speculation is far behind in the rear-view mirror as his connections aim for Maxfield’s first public workouts that will lead to a yet-unmapped return to the races. This colt’s dynamic, breakaway victory in the GI Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland Oct. 5 still resonates as the most visually impressive two-turn juvenile stakes of 2019, and it looks even better now that both the third- and fourth-place finishers, Enforceable (Tapit) and Ajaaweed (Curlin), have emerged as Top 12 threats.