2021 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Cheatsheet
By TwinSpires Editorial Team, Sponsored Content
By J. Keeler Johnson (TwinSpires.com)
1. Frank’s Rockette (5-2) – A picture of consistency, Frank’s Rockette has cracked the trifecta in 15 of her 16 career starts, with her lone miss coming against males in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). But the three-time graded stakes winner has seemed a bit shy of her best this season and was beaten as an odds-on favorite in the Seeking the Pearl S. at Colonial Downs last time out, suggesting the daughter of Into Mischief might be a more reliable exotics player than a win candidate in the Thoroughbred Club of America.
2. Club Car (10-1) – It’s safe to say Club Car likes Keeneland-the five-year-old mare hasn’t missed the trifecta in five starts over this track, including a four-length allowance win sprinting six furlongs during the 2021 spring meet. Fresh off a confident victory in the West Virginia Secretary of State S. at Mountaineer, Club Car will face tougher company in the Thoroughbred Club of America. But the daughter of Malibu Moon has placed multiple times against graded stakes company and enters off sharp workouts at Keeneland, so a top-three finish at high odds isn’t out of the question.
3. Inthemidstofbiz (10-1) – The reigning Thoroughbred Club of America winner employed tracking tactics to dominate this race by three lengths last season, earning a career-best 97 Brisnet Speed rating. But Inthemidestofbiz hasn’t reproduced that level of form in two starts this year, most recently coming home fourth in the Satin and Lace S. at Presque Isle, a race she won in 2020. Can Inthemidestofbiz turn things around while returning to Keeneland?
4. Estilo Talentoso (5-2) – If anyone can upset morning line favorite Bell’s the One, it’s probably Estilo Talentoso. Winner of the Bed o’ Roses S. (G3) at Belmont Park during the spring, Estilo Talentoso has placed multiple times against Grade 1 company, including when second by less than a length in Keeneland’s Madison S. (G1) during the spring. Estilo Talentoso exits a deep renewal of the Ballerina H. (G1) at Saratoga, brings a bevy of competitive Brisnet Speed ratings to the mix, and figures to sit a perfect trip stalking a modest pace on Saturday. What’s not to like? Estilo Talentoso is our choice to take home top honors.
5. Miss Mosaic (15-1) – Third in the Roxelana S. and fifth in the Honorable Miss H. (G2), Miss Mosaic finished behind Bell’s the One on both occasions and will need a step forward to turn the tables. The question is, can Miss Mosaic produce the needed improvement while racing on dirt? It’s worth noting both of her victories have come over synthetic tracks, and she’s technically 0-for-3 on dirt.
6. Bell’s the One (7-5) – The morning line favorite won the 2020 Derby City Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs and has placed in multiple Grade 1s at Keeneland, including the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and the last two editions of the Madison. But Estilo Talentoso (see above) has been equal or better than Bell’s the One in their two meetings this year, and Bell’s the One is a one-dimensional deep closer who may find herself disadvantaged by a modest pace in Saturday’s small field. We’ll rank her as our second choice to win the Thoroughbred Club of America.