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2002 Experimental Free Handicap

Vindication the 2002 Experimental Free Handicap topweight.

Dateline: 01/28/03

As expected, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vindication and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Storm Flag Flying are the topweights on the 2002 Experimental Free Handicap. This makes the seventh straight year that the winners of the Breeders' Cup were made the high weights. The Experimental Free Handicap has been published annually by The Jockey Club since 1933, and is compiled for a hypothetical 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt in the spring.

Vindication was assigned 126 pounds while Storm Flag Flying was assigned 123 pounds, the standard top assignments. The last time a horse received more than the standard was in 1997 when Favorite Trick received 128 as top colt and Countess Diana received 125 as top filly. Racing secretary Mike Lakow of NYRA said: "We thought about assigning Storm Flag Flying one pound above the standard, but felt she fit right in at 123." He along with Frank Gabriel Jr. of Arlington Park and Tom Robbins of Del Mar determined the ratings for the 64 colts/geldings and 56 fillies rated.

The other use of the Experimental rankings are in determining which horses are "dual qualifiers" for the Kentucky Derby. Horses ranked within 10 pounds of the male topweight or who are a champion in another country and have a Dosage Index of 4.0 or less and a Center of Distribution of 1.25 or less are considered the dual qualifiers, who are considered to have a better chance at winning the Derby. Dual qualifiers are highlighted below by their names being in red letters.

2002 Experimental Free Handicap

Colts & Geldings

Wgt.HorseColorSireStateBreeder
126Vindicationdk b/brSeattle SlewKYPayson Stud Inc.
124ToccetbAwesome AgainKYDan Borislow
122Kafwaindk b/brCherokee RunKYDr. & Mrs. R. Smiser West
122Sky MesabPulpitKYHarbor View Farm
119Hold That TigerchStorm CatKYTen Broeck Farm Inc
119Icecoldbeeratredsdk b/brIn Excess (IRE)CAMichael E. Pegram
119WhywhywhychMr. GreeleyKYJames E. Jones
117Bull Marketdk b/brHoly BullKYMalinda L Fiveash & Cheryl Green
116Listen IndybA.P. IndyKYWertheimer & Frere
116ZavatabPhone TrickKYMill Ridge Farm, Ltd., Jamm, Ltd. & Dr. J. A. Chandler
115Added EdgechSmart StrikeKYGulf Coast Farms Bloodstock LP
115Domestic DisputechUnbridled's SongKYGary Garber
115Pretty WildbWild AgainKYE. Paul Robsham
114Lone Star SkybConquistador CieloFLJaime S. Carrion
113Most Feareddk b/brCommancheroTXTom Durant
113SotochDehereKYDomino Stud of Lexington, LLC
112ChampalibGlittermanKYMcKee Stables, Inc.
112Chief Plannerdk b/brGeneral MeetingCAMr. & Mrs. John C. Mabee
112Crowned DancerchTactical AdvantageFLVal Hunter & Bill Hunter
112Peace RuleschJulesFLNewchance Farm
112Truckle Featuredk b/brSaint BalladoKYMr. & Mrs. G. David Shashura
111ErinsouthernmanbEltishFLLive Oak Stud
111Lismore KnightbWoodmanKYBon Marche, Wallace
110Boston BullbBoston HarborKYMarvin Delfiner & Fred Seitz
110Man Among MenchGentlemen (ARG)KYR. D. Hubbard & Connie Sczesny
110PossebSilver DeputyKYRobert E. Low & Lawana L Low
110Roll Hennessy RollchHennessyKYJust the Beginning Farm
110Ten Cents a Shinedk b/brDevil His DueOHH. Ray Horn & Devil His Due Syndicate
110Valid Videodk b/brValid WagerFLCasey Seaman
109BhambBoston HarborKYGainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
109Tito's BeauchBeau GeniusKYWindwoods Farm
108Coax KidbKissin KrisFLJohn Franks
108Outta HerechDehereKYRalph C. Wilson Jr. Trustee
108Super FusechLite the FuseKYAdena Springs
107AnasheedchA.P. IndyKYDarley Stud Management LLC
107Cat Geniusdk b/brWestern CatFLGeorge De Benedicty
107Super FrolicchPine BluffKYCherokee Farms, Inc
107What a Bad Daygr/roDehereKYElmer E. Miller
106Alkedk b/brGrand SlamKYWhite Fox Farm
106Boston Parkdk b/brBoston HarborKYOverbrook Farm
106Empire Makerdk b/brUnbridledKYJuddmonte Farms, Inc.
106FarnobTactical AdvantageFLPatricia Generazio
106Only the BestbSmokesterCAMr. & Mrs. Alvin E. Toffel
106Private Golddk b/brSeeking the GoldKYChristiana Stables
106Wildcat HeirbForest WildcatKYNew Farm
106Zydeco AffairbIslefaxyouKYE & D Enterprises
105Action Tonightdk b/brHadifTXGeorge A. Wolff
105Coach Jimi LeechRoarKYBrenda Jones
105Comic TruthchProudest RomeoFLDr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. Vilasini D. Jayaraman
105CrackupbDistorted HumorCAMalibu Valley Farms Inc., Arthur Alisi & Mary Alisi
105EcheverriabAwesome AgainKYPollock Farms
105Friendly MikebHonour and GloryKYHersey Farm Corp.
105Irontondk b/brNot For LoveMDDr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman
105Leo's Last HurrahybLeo CastelliTXJoseph F. Archer
105Millennium StormchFuture StormFLSally Anderson
105Rapid Proofdk b/brFast PlayKYDolphus C. Morrison
105Red ApachechEnd SweepKYJohn R. Gaines Thoroughbreds
105Trust N LuckchMontbrookFLWiest's-Heather's 2000
105Unleash the Powerdk b/brUnbridledFLGlen Hill Farm
104Outer ReefbPulpitKYH. Lascelles, Penfold Bloodstock & H. McCalmont
104Roaring Feverdk b/brStorm CatKYEdward P. Evans
104Royal SiphonbSiphon (BRZ)KYMr. & Mrs. Larry Williams
104Sharp Impactdk b/brSiphon (BRZ)KYBrereton C. Jones
104Sir CherokeebCherokee RunKYDomino Stud of Lexington, LLC

Fillies

Wgt.HorseColorSireStateBreeder
123Storm Flag Flyingdk b/brStorm CatKYPhipps Stable
121ComposurebTouch GoldKYRancho San Peasea S. A.
119ElloluvbGilded TimeKYNorth Wales LLC
118Awesome Humordk b/brDistorted HumorKYDr. Naveed Chowhan
117Miss Houdinidk b/brBelong to MeKYBo Hirsch
117Santa CatarinabUnbridledKYDinwiddie Farm
115BuffythecenterfoldbCapoteKYOverbrook Farm
113Freedom's DaughterbSaint BalladoPAGeorge Strawbridge
113My Boston GalbBoston HarborKYOverbrook Farm
113Westerly Breezedk b/brGone WestKYThe Thoroughbred Corp
112Atlantic Oceandk b/brStormy AtlanticFLArthur I. Appleton
111Roar Emotiondk b/brRoarKYBrenda Jones
111Ruby's Receptiongr/roRubianoKYAvalon Farm
110ChimichurrichElusive QualityKYBlackwater Investments & Manganaro Bloodstock
110Forever Partnersdk b/brNot For LoveNJTimber Creek Farm
110Ivanavinalotdk b/brWest AcreFLGilbert G. Campbell
110Puxa SacochDehereKYHomer Noble & Gayno Stable
110RandaroobGold CaseKYDennis Drazin
110Sea JewelchSea HeroKYMr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss
109Wild SnitchchForest WildcatKYNew Farm
108Humorous Ladydk b/brDistorted HumorCAMalibu Valley Farms Inc.
108Miss Mary Applesdk b/brClever TrickKYBruce Hundley
108Ocean Drivedk b/brBelong to MeKYJames D. Conway & Thomas C. Mueller
108Summer Wind Dancergr/roSiberian SummerCARichard Wira
107Fast CookiebDeputy MinisterKYStonerside Stable
107Holiday RunnerbMeadowlakeKYBarry R. Ostrager
107Tricks HerbFavorite TrickKYGulf Coast Farms Bloodstock
106Major Ideadk b/brCherokee RunKYRussell S. Fisher
106Midnight CrychSmart StrikeKYRunnymede Farm Inc. & Peter J. Callahan
106Mike's WildcatchForest WildcatKYDon Mattox
106Moonlight SonatabCarson CityKYWoodbridge Farm
106One and Twentydk b/brHonour and GloryKYSeth Klarman
106Savedbythelightdk b/brSaint BalladoKYR. C. Durr & George Budig
106StellarchGrand SlamVAEdward P. Evans
105Indy GroovechA.P. IndyKYTen Broeck Farm Inc
105Makin HeatbMakinVASpencer F. Young
105SourisbDefrereKYMr. & Mrs. Roy M. Jackson
104AllspicebCoronado's QuestKYJim Tafel
104Elegant Designerdk b/brSuave ProspectFLFarnsworth Farms
104EspychMt. LivermoreKYClaiborne Farm
104Final RoundbStorm CatKYDinwiddie Farm Limited Partnership
104Holiday LadybDeputy CommanderKYJohn Sullivan
104Little Bit a Swissgr/roSwiss YodelerCAMarvin Malmuth
104Marc's RainbowchSummer SquallNYAlbert Fried
104My Trusty CatbTale of the CatKYVintage Racing
104SweettrickydancerchGreen DancerKYEduardo Rojas Sr.
104Tangle (IRE)dk b/brBob BackIRECarrigbeg Stud Co Ltd
103Appleby GardensbA.P. IndyONRod Ferguson
103Belle of PerintownbDehereKYBradley Wayne Hughes
103Fabulous Brushdk b/brCobra KingFLDr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman
103Feisty StepbCoronado's QuestKYDr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
103Fircroftdk b/brA.P. IndyKYG. Watts Humphrey Jr.
103House Partygr/roFrench DeputyFLJ. V. Shields Jr.
103Partingdk b/brHay HaloTXRo Parra
103Red Celldk b/brGeriKYHermitage Farm LLC
103Watching YouchCoronado's QuestKYB. Wayne Hughes

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