CRUEL INTENTION Smiling Tiger – Perfect Feat (Pleasantly Perfect)
Chefs: Profile = 1-5-4-0-0 (10) Index = 4.00 CD = .70
Mares: Profile = 4-8-3-10-5 Speed = 12 Stamina = 15 Index = .83 Triads = 15-21-18
Sportscaster Jim Rome made a huge statement with Jungle Racing and a little black colt once deemed the Best Horse in the World. Shared Belief, often described as a “Once in a Lifetime” tour de force and one who most likely did not have the opportunity to show off his best, the Champ left us all way too soon.
Jim Rome may have struck gold again and scored himself a “Second in a Lifetime” horse with a striking young colt named Cruel Intention.
A new colt owned by Jungle Racing should catch one’s eye especially when the colt rolls off two wins back to back in blazing fashion. This time trained by Bob Baffert instead of Jerry Hollendorfer and this time a Smiling Tiger boy instead of a Candy Ride boy. Big difference not only in the caretaker and the sire but a huge difference in the type, style and balance as well.
Shared Belief was a tough cut stamina boy who displayed speed that seemed to come from nowhere. The new colt, a sweet speed demon who is hiding his explosive stamina. The two couldn’t be any more different, especially when it comes to winning Derby configurations.
We will never know how Shared Belief would have fared in the Kentucky Derby. With the high inheritance of stamina coupled with the severe lack of inherited speed, one could conclude that he would have had a very hard time in the Derby, but the heart and determination of that horse would have probably overtaken his numbers as it did in all of his others. High inheritance of speed dominates the Derby. This speed must be offset by enough stamina to sustain it going 10f with a field of 20. Too much stamina is detrimental in the Derby. The balance must be there, and the balance should be skewed to speed. Enter Cruel Intention.