(Dennis’ Moment / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Finally, the time is almost upon us. Finally, the time is nearly here. Finally, we get to see the new (and improved?) version of Dennis’ Moment.

This Saturday, the gifted colt will make his 3YO and his 2020 debut in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Sweet. Georgia. Brown. Ever since we first laid eyes on this beautifully balanced and gifted son of Tiznow last summer — as a fledgling baby — we have been looking forward.

Looking forward to his racing debut — which, unfortunately for us bettors, turned into a debacle. The jockey at the time, Robby Albarado, tried to slip the young and stout colt through an opening on the rail that a bobble head couldn’t fit in. Horse steadied sharply and swerved immediately. Jockey exited stage right. Horse came home in front, sans rider, and thankfully safe.

Then, we looked forward to his next race. A win.

Then, we looked forward to his first Stakes race. Another win in the G3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs.

Then, we looked forward to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile — which, unfortunately for us bettors, turned into another debacle. As soon as the gate popped in this affair, Dennis’ Moment full thrust of energy turned the ground beneath him into quicksand. The colt went to his knees. The rider — Irad Ortiz, Jr. — nearly went to his grave. The trainer’s heart nearly went to his knees, too. Thankfully, the colt returned safe and sound and ready for some R&R.

Then?

We looked forward. To the New Year. To the New, 3YO Year. To the Spring. To the Triple Crown prep races. To a chance for redemption. To a chance for KY Derby Fever. To suspense, drama, and a chance to give the winningest trainer in the history of Churchill Downs — the affable Dale Romans — his first Kentucky Derby win. As in? As in, ever.

This Saturday, the wait is over. Dennis’ Moment — our #1 contender for the 2020 Kentucky Derby — will run in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

He will run against the likes of Shotski — our #17 in our rankings and the  runner-up in the Withers Stakes in his last start. Dennis’ may run against the likes of Structor — our #16 in our rankings and the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last November in his last start. Dennis’ is likely to face the talented Chance It, our #19 selection. He blew out on Monday is an eye-popping time and looks primed for his next start after winning the Mucho Macho Man Stakes here earlier this winter. Dennis’ may line up against Green Light Go, another speedy type who was last seen running third in the G3 Swale Stakes.

It will be a bold test. No doubt.

But we are ready. We’ve been looking forward for a long time.

Now, it is time to look at Dennis’ Moment.

And, it’s time to see if he is as ready as we are.

Then, we can see if we can all look forward to that First Saturday in May. With excitement.

This week is:

Game on.

Horse Sire Trainer Jockey Last Race Next Race Comments
1 Dennis’ Moment Tiznow Dale Romans Flavien Prat 8th in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G2 Fountain of Youth — GP on Feb. 29 It’s Now Time…Time to Go
2 Nadal Blame Bob Baffert Joel Rosario 1st in San Vicente Stakes G2 Rebel Stakes — OP on March 14 People’s Choice / Action is a Little “High” for My Liking
3 Tiz the Law Constitution Barclay Tagg Manny Franco 1st in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes G1 Florida Derby — GP on March 28 Green Gord Run in Holy Bull, Yet Impressive Talent Is There
4 Thousand Words Pioneerof the Nile Bob Baffert Flavien Prat 1st in the G3 Robert B. Lewis G2 San Felipe Stakes — SA on March 7 Baffert Calls Him a “Grinder” / Compliment?
5 Authentic Into Mischief Bob Baffert Drayden Van Dyke 1st in G3 Sham Stakes G2 San Felipe Stakes —  SA on March 7 This May Be My “Baffert Horse”
6 Silver Prospector Declaration of War Steve Asmussen Ricardo Santana, Jr 1st in G3 Southwest Stakes G2 Rebel Stakes a– OP on March 14 Has a Win Over The CD Surface / Like It
7 Independence Hall Constitution Michael Trombetta Jose Ortiz 2nd in the Sam F. Davis Stakes TBD What’s Next? Tampa Bay Derby? Like To See the Plans
8 Modernist Uncle Mo Bill Mott Junior Alvarado 1st in G2 Risen Star Stakes G2 Louisiana Derby — FG on March 21 Biggest Jump this Week / Due to? / Upon Further Review
9 Enforceable Tapit Mark Casse Julien Leparoux 2nd in G2 Risen Star Stakes G2 Louisiana Derby — FG on March 21 Ran OK, but Beaten…Must Show Up in LA Derby
10 Storm The Court Court Vision Peter Eurton Flavien Prat 4th in San Vicente Stakes G2 San Felipe Stakes — SA on March 7 Never In It; But Just a Solid Work? Not Impressive
11 American Theorem American Pharoah G. Papaprodromou Tiago Pereira 2nd in American Pharoah Stakes G2 San Felipe Stakes —  SA on March 7 Love to See This One in KY Derby
12 Gouverneur Morris Constitution Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano 1st in Tampa Bay Alw TBD Like The 2020 Debut / Next?
13 Basin Liam’s Map Steve Asmussen Jose Ortiz 1st in Hopeful Stakes G3 Gotham Stakes — AQU on March 7 This Next Race Is Hugely Important / Pretender or Contender
14 Mr. Monomoy Palace Malice Brad Cox Florent Geroux 1st in G2 Risen Star Stakes G2 Blue Grass Stakes — KEE on April 4 Blue Grass Is Great Spot for Next Out / Sweet
15 Sole Volante Karakontie Patrick Biancone (Jockey Injury) 1st in Sam F. Davis G2 Tampa Bay Derby — TB on March 7 Needs a New Rider Now, After Panici Injury
16 Structor Palace Malice Chad Brown Jose Ortiz 1st in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G2 Fountain of Youth — GP on Feb. 29 Game On vs. Dennis’ Moment If He Goes Here
17 Shotski Blame Jeremiah O’Dwyer Luis Saez 2nd in Withers Stakes G2 Fountain of Youth — GP on Feb. 29 FOY May Be a Huge Sign
18 Honor A.P. Honor Code John Sherriffs Mike Smith 1st in SA MSW G2 San Felipe Stakes —  SA on March 7 Huge Jump in Class / Huge Jump This Week / Like the Works
19 Chance It Currency Swap S. Joseph, Jr. Tyler Gaffalione 1st in Mucho Macho Man Stakes G2 Fountain of Youth — GP on Feb. 29 Big Test Coming
20 Shoplifted Into Mischief Steve Asmussen Brian Hernandez 4th in the G3 Southwest Stakes TBD Came Up Short in the SW / What’s Next?
AE List
1 Eight Rings Empire Maker Bob Baffert John Velazquez 6th in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G2 Rebel Stakes — OP on March 14 Let’s Go
2 Green Light Go Hard Spun Jimmy Jerkens Javier Castellano 3rd in the G3 Swale Stakes G2 Fountain of Youth — GP on Feb. 29 Interesting Spot / Trainer Backs Down to No One — Ever
3 Ajaaweed Curlin Kiaran McLaughlin Joel Rosario 3rd in Sam F. Davis TBD Never In the Real Mix / Next?
4 No Parole Violence Tom Amoss James Graham 1st in Premier Night Prince Stakes G2 Rebel Stakes — OP on March 14 LA-bred Has Been Impressive
5 Mailman Money Goldencents W. Bret Calhoun Gabriel Saez 4th in G2 Risen Star Stakes G2 Louisiana Derby — FG on March 21 Connections Win the LA Derby 2 Years in a Row?
6 Anneau d’Or Medaglia d’Oro Blaine Wright Joel Rosario 9th in G2 Risen Star Stakes G1 SA Derby — SA on April 4 What Happened?
7 Maxfield Street Sense Brendan Walsh Jose Oritz 1st in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity TBD I’ve Dropped Out of the Top 20 / Can’t Wait on No Plans
8 Wells Bayou Lookin At Lucky Brad Cox Florent Geroux 2nd in G3 Southwest Stakes G2 Rebel Stakes — OP on March 14 Coming On Strong / Makes 1st “Rankings” Appearance