Horse: Done Talking
Trainer: Hamilton Smith
Pedigree: By Broken Vow out of a Dixieland Band mare (Dixie Talking)
Career Record: 7-3-0-2
Career Earnings: $301,000
Notable Races: G3-Illinois Derby (1st); G3-Gotham (10th); G2-Remsen (4th)
Can He Win The 2012 Kentucky Derby?:
Done Talking used a long, grinding stretch drive to win the G2-Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse on April 7th, securing a spot in the Kentucky Derby in the process. As good of a win as that was, it’s hard to see this horse as anything other than a long-shot that will need a lot of help to win the biggest race in America.
Done Talking's win in the Illinois Derby was visually impressive but it was the result of all of horses in front of him completely melting down in the final furlongs. When he faced off against much better competition in the G3-Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 3rd, he never even sniffed the lead and finished over twenty lengths back of winner Hansen.
Done Talking has a lot of improvement to make is he’s going to win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, and he’ll likely need a suicidal pace on the front-end in order to set things up for his late running style.