Hot Rod Charlie Profile

Name Hot Rod Charlie
Born Apr 11, 2018
Age 3 years

Hot Rod Charlie has Triple Crown glory in the bloodline, having been sired by Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, so it came as no surprise when the colt finished third in the Kentucky Derby.

Hot Rod Charlie is a three-year-old colt trained by Doug O'Neill. The runner finished third in the Kentucky Derby, behind winner Medina Spirit and Mandaloun, picking up $300,000 in the process.

Considered one of the favourites for the Kentucky Derby with a price of 6/1 at the gate, Hot Rod Charlie struggled to break into the top two, but successfully held off the challenge of favourite Essential Quality.

2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby

Hot Rod Charlie had been one of the most impressive horses on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, having picked up 110 points to finish in second place, thus easily qualifying for the Churchill Downs showpiece.

The colt's first set of qualifying points came from his runner-up effort in the November 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland, which awarded points on a 20-8-4-2 scale.

In that race, he finished behind Essential Quality, one of the leading names on the Derby trail, and in front of Keepmeinmind, Jackie's Warrior and Rombauer.

Hot Rod Charlie tracked from mid-pack three-wide after Essential Quality broke outwards and bumped a rival. As the field approached the half-mile pole, Hot Rod Charlie rallied. He moved ahead even more in the far turn and attempted to challenge the leader to the outside as they turned for home. He took the lead for a short amount of time before Essential Quality outran the colt to emerge victorious.

Hot Rod Charlie's next set of qualifying points came in his next race, a third-place finish in the January 30 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. The race awarded qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 scale.

In that outing, he finished behind Medina Spirit in first and Roman Centurian in second. He outran names like Spielberg and Parnelli.

The pace was set by Medina Spirit from the inside. Hot Rod Charlie stumbled at the gate and moved forward before settling inside on the first turn. He moved off the rail as they were in the backstretch and exited the far turn three-wide. Following a bid in the upper stretch, he was bumped by Roman Centurian at the eighth pole and continued fighting to the wire.

Hot Rod Charlie's strongest success came in the Louisiana Derby on March 20, where he finished ahead of Midnight Bourbon and O Besos to pick up 100 qualifying points.

Hot Rod Charlie improves from debut

All of Hot Rod Charlie's other races prior to his Kentucky Derby qualifiers were maiden special weight events.

The runner debuted back on July 11, 2020, at Del Mar Racetrack, finishing fourth behind Girther, Cross Indian and Raisebeforetheflop. He bumped when leaving the gate and chased off the rail. He entered the stretch four wide but could not make it on the board.

Hot Rod Charlie's other performances include a third-place run on August 14 at Del Mar, fifth on September 7 at Del Mar and first on October 2 at Santa Anita.

The talented team behind Hot Rod Charlie

Hot Rod Charlie is surrounded by a talented team looking to take him to the Kentucky Derby.

The colt is trained by multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Doug O'Neill. The trainer has an impressive career record of more than 2,500 wins. His purse earnings sit above $139million.

Doug O'Neill trains Hot Rod Charlie

O'Neill ranked 21st by earnings and 44th by wins in 2020. He already has significant Triple Crown experience, having secured the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with I'll Have Another, and claimed a second win in the former race in 2016 via Nyquist.

O'Neill has a win percentage of 16%, and some of his top horses besides Hot Rod Charlie include Nyquist and I'll Have Another. Some of his recent trainees include Rookie Mistake, Biddy Duke and Liam's Pride.

Hot Rod Charlie is owned by the partnership of Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing and William Strauss. It is a new partnership, whose only racehorse is Hot Rod Charlie.

Hot Rod Charlie's pedigree

Hot Rod Charlie comes from Oxbow and Indian Miss.

The colt's sire, Oxbow, is the son of Awesome Again and is owned by Calumet Farm. During his racing days, he was trained by D. Wayne Lukas and joined by regular jockey Gary Stevens. The runner was retired with a career record of 3-2-1 from 13 starts, with his final purse earnings sitting at $1.24million.

His last career performance was a fourth-place effort on July 28, 2013, in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, which followed a second-place finish in that year's Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.

Oxbow's biggest performance was a victory in the 2013 Preakness Stakes. He finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby in the same year. In his Preakness victory, he beat names like Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, Orb and Goldencents. That year, he ranked 17th by earnings.

Oxbow was sold at the Keeneland Association September 2011 Yearling Sale to Bluegrass Hall for $250,000.

Hot Rod Charlie is also the son of Indian Miss. The daughter of Indian Charlie is owned by Edward Cox, Jr., and she was trained by James P. DiVito. Her regular rider was Robby Albarado.

The mare retired with a career record of 0-0-1 from just two races. Her earnings were just $6,380.

The last performance of her career was a fifth-place finish on November 10, 2011, in a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs. A third-place run came in another maiden special weight race back on October 14, 2011, at Keeneland.

Indian Miss was sold to WinStar Farm for $240,000 at the Keeneland Association November Breeding Stock Sale 2018. She was then sold again to OXO Equine for $1,900,000 at the Keeneland Association November Breeding Stock Sale 2020.

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