Valient Tenobob nominated to Triple Crown

Michigan-bred Valient Tenobob is one of 364 early nominees for the prestigious Triple Crown races.

The series for three-year-old Thoroughbreds includes the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course and the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.

The dark bay or brown Service Stripe colt is trained by James Jackson for owners Red Riding Hood Stable (George & Chrissy Kutlenios) and Laura Jackson. Valient Tenobob was also bred by James and Laura Jackson.

Valient Tenobob is the first Triple Crown nominee born in Michigan since Hot Chili, another Jackson trainee, was made eligible for the races in 2008.

Valient Tenobob went three-for-three in 2010 for earnings of $48,222.

He broke his maiden on Sept. 4 at Pinnacle Race Course with a five-wide rally to prevail by a length. Valient Tenobob then traveled to West Virginia to follow up with a 2 3/4-length allowance score at Mountaineer.

After that race, Valient Tenobob was nominated to the Oct. 31 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, but instead returned to Pinnacle to compete in the Oct. 30 Michigan Futurity. Despite an erratic trip, Valient Tenobob exploded in the stretch to win by seven lengths.

Valient Tenobob has not raced since the Michigan Futurity and, according to Equibase, he has not posted a workout in the last 60 days. Check back for further updates on Valient Tenobob’s journey down the Derby trail.

For a complete list of the 2011 Triple Crown nominees, click here.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Valient Tenobob nominated to Triple Crown

  1. ragman

    One of the great mysteries of the closing weekend at Pinnacle. Valient Tenobob going off as 2nd choice at 5-2. Won like a true 2-5 shot that he should have been. Also to note that the fillies were 4/5 faster that day under a drive.

  2. mibredclaimer

    I’m willing to give Valient Tenobob a pass on the fillies having a better time that day, considering he tried to stop in the turn and otherwise just ran really greenly. If his aim would have been true, I would imagine it would be a different story. If I recall, he had similar problems in his first two efforts, which might have scared some people off him. Of course, as you know, the pools at Pinnacle were pretty goofy sometimes, so who knows?

  3. This is interesting. Keep us up to date on what he does!

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