May 31, 2018
UNBEATEN ANALYZE IT LOOMS LARGE IN PENNINE RIDGE
By Alicia Wincze Hughes
Twenty-four hours before his champion stablemate stamped his readiness for the most significant 3-year-old race in the sport, Analyze It had some wondering whether the claim of best sophomore male runner in trainer Chad Brown's barn was still up for grabs.
In his season debut and third career start, the son of Point of Entry kicked off a productive opening weekend at Keeneland for his two-time Eclipse Award-winning conditioner when he left his 10 challengers toiling during his 5 1/4-length triumph in the April 6 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes (G3T). Though his barn mate, juvenile champion and eventual Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) runner-up Good Magic, prevailed in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) one day later, the explosiveness Analyze It showed over the yielding course that afternoon resonated.
"All around, he's just a real special horse," Brown said.
The next opportunity for William Lawrence's unbeaten colt to bolster the already high regards his connections have for him comes June 2 when he faces seven challengers in the $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (G3T) on the inner turf at Belmont Park.
It was on the Belmont Widener Course in October where Analyze It provided the first sample size of his ability, winning a one-mile maiden test by 6 1/4 lengths in his career debut. A test against stakes company was the next logical step—one the bay colt hurdled with ease in the form of a gate-to-wire, 4 1/4-length victory in the Nov. 26 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3T) at Del Mar.
Having been on or near the front end in those first two starts, Analyze It showed he had the handiness to work out a trip in the 1 1/16-mile Transylvania when he broke from the outside post in the 11-horse field and rated kindly in third for jockey Jose Ortiz behind longshot pacesetter Beer Pressure.
"He got the race he needed," Brown said of the Transylvania. "He's had plenty of time since, and we hope he takes another step forward."
Bred in Kentucky by Headley Bell, Nancy Bell, and NATO, Analyze It will break from post 4 in the 1 1/8-mile Pennine Ridge, which is slated to serve as a prep for the June 8 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1T).