Capo Kane Profile
|Born||Feb 09, 2018|
With his sire a former winner of the race, Capo Kane has a strong pedigree when it comes to the Kentucky Derby, but ultimately he fell short of qualifying for the 2021 edition.
Bing Cherry Racing and Leonard Liberto's Capo Kane is a breakthrough star who was a runner on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old Street Sense colt is trained by Harold Wyner.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Capo Kane was an initial contender on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby, but faded away, only picking up 12 qualifying points to finish in 35th place in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings.
The colt's first set of points came with his victory in the January 1 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, which awarded qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers. Capo Kane won the one-mile race by an impressive six-and-a-quarter lengths.
The Jerome Stakes field was small, with just five runners. Capo Kane broke well and led the field right away. Swill followed closely behind and pressured the leader on the turn, but Capo Kane was able to hold off his rivals under rider Dylan Davis. Capo Kane was followed home by Eagle Orb in second, Hold the Salsa in third, Swill in fourth and Original in fifth. With his victory, Capo Kane scored his first 10 qualifying points.
The colt's next set of points came in his third-place run in the February 6 Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, where he demonstrated a Speed Figure of 95. Despite coming in as the favourite, Capo Kane was not able to defeat the winner, Risk Taking.
Capo Kane led the nine-horse field through the first mile of the nine-furlong race before tiring in the stretch. Risk Taking broke strongly from the gate and settled mid-pack. He kept slowly moving up as the race progressed before rallying on the far turn. He ran ahead of Capo Kane to finish in first, with Overtook finishing second. With that performance, Capo Kane scored two more qualifying Derby points as Risk Taking took 10.
Capo Kane then featured in the March 6 Gotham Stakes, which like his previous two races, was run at Aqueduct. However, he finished in a disappointing sixth place, meaning he dropped out of Kentucky Derby contention.
Capo Kane's career beginnings
Capo Kane had two races before running in the stakes events leading up to the 2021 Kentucky Derby. His debut was on October 28, 2020, when the runner finished second in a maiden special weight race at Parx Racing. Joined by jockey Jeremy Laprida, Capo Kane fought three-wide before drifting out near the mid-stretch. He was unable to hold off Irish Honor, who went on to cross the line first.
The second race took place on November 25, 2020, and it was another maiden special weight event at Parx Racing. This time, however, Capo Kane managed to win and register a 94 Speed Figure. The runner took a clear lead and set the pace early. He held on through the far turn before drifting out in front of Brett's World. Capo Kane pulled away while Brett's World continued to stretch and dig in, but it wasn't enough to get past the leader.
Capo Kane came in as the favourite in that one mile and 70 yards race for two-year-old maidens, which became his debut victory.
Capo Kane's pedigree
The three-year-old colt was bred by Rising Star Farm and he is the result of a cross between the bloodlines of Street Sense and Hard Spun, both Godolphin sires.
Street Sense (pictured) was an impressive Thoroughbred racehorse and was named the Eclipse Award 2006 Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Owned by Jim Tafel and trained by Carl Nafzger, he retired with a career record of 6-4-2 from 13 races and his total purse earnings were $4.4million.
Street Sense's biggest performances were victories in the 2007 edition of the Kentucky Derby and the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. His last two races before retirement were a fourth-place run in the October 27, 2007, Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Monmouth Park and second on September 29, 2007, in the Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park. He was ranked second by earnings in 2007.
Capo Kane is also the son of the mare Twirl Me, who was sired by Hard Spun, second to Street Sense in that 2007 Kentucky Derby. Twirl Me had one career race. That performance was a seventh-place run in a June 10, 2016, maiden special weight event at Arlington.
Capo Kane's connections
Capo Kane has a strong team of connections around him. The runner is trained by Harold Wyner, who has more than 200 victories to his name. The trainer's total earnings sit at more than $5.8million.
Wyner was originally a steeplechase rider in England before moving to the US in 1987, where he rode as an exercise rider. He scored his first stakes win as a trainer with Capo Kane this year when the runner took the Jerome Stakes on New Year's Day at Aqueduct. Wyner is quickly making a name for himself as a trainer on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby with the colt.
Capo Kane's regular jockey is Dylan Davis, who has more than 800 career wins. The jockey has pulled in more than $41million in earnings. A fairly new rider, with his first races taking place in 2012, Davis started to impress during the 2017/18 winter meet at Aqueduct. One of his first graded stakes wins was aboard Great Stuff in the Toboggan Stakes on January 27, 2018. He guided Capo Kane to Jerome Stakes victory and his third place in the Withers Stakes.
Capo Kane is owned by the partnership of Bing Cherry Racing and Leonard Liberto. The partnership has a career record of 2-1-1 from five races and total purse earnings of $147,500. Capo Kane is their only horse, meaning their top performances have come in the Jerome and Withers Stakes.
Outside of the partnership, Bing Cherry Racing owns names like Bridget's Big Luvy, Crazy Bea, Powerful Venezuela, Stay Special and Fifty Eight O G. The owner has more than 90 thirds along with earnings of more than $2.4million.