Thousand Words ‘Peaking At The Right Time’ For Kentucky Derby Bid

Albaugh Family Stables’ and Spendthrift Farm‘s Thousand Words defeated top three Kentucky Derby candidate Honor A. P. in his most recent start, the listed Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar, but the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile will likely have double digit odds on Sept. 5. In an interview with America’s Best Racing, the Albaugh’s racing manager Jason Loutsch reported that Thousand Words is in great form ahead of the Run for the Roses.

“He came out of the race tremendous,” Loutsch said, referring to the Shared Belief victory. “He is doing really, really good. He is peaking at the right time. We’re excited.”

The winner of both the G2 Los Alamitos Futurity last fall and G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes in February, Thousand Words started to go off form in March of this year.

“The horse has a little bit of an attitude,” Loutsch said. “He needed to mature and just wasn’t happy. He needed to get healthy and happy and feeling good. He ran a dull race in the San Felipe Stakes (4th) and then we shipped him to Oaklawn Park (for the April 11 Oaklawn Stakes, in which he finished 11th). It was a sloppy track and he broke terrible. We thought if we gave him 30 days off we’d still have time with the Derby delayed this year.

“That’s the only real positive for us in the COVID deal. It’s been a difficult year for all of us. The only positive is that we gave the horse a little time to mature, he got happy and it allowed us to qualify for the Derby.”

Thousand Words is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday, alongside stablemate Authentic.

Out of the talented sprint mare Pomeroys Pistol, Thousand Words was a $1 million yearling at the Keeneland September sale. The colt was bred in Florida by Hardacre Farm, and has a record of four wins and a second from seven starts with earnings of $327,000.

Read more at America’s Best Racing.

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