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Todd Pletcher

Trainer

Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

Joe Bravo

Jockey

Nicknamed "Jersey Joe," Joe Bravo was born not far from Monmouth Park in Long Branch, New Jersey, and the 37-year-old rider has been a mainstay on the Jersey circuit, compiling 13 jockey titles at Monmouth Park and nine at the Meadowlands. A third-generation journeyman, Joe followed the same path of his grandfather Bartolo and father George. He rode his first Thoroughbred race in 1988 and garnered his 4,000th career victory in 2007. Joe also rides in Florida and New York in the winter, and he'll accompany Jersey-based horses to Saratoga during its prestigious summer meet. Joe's first Grade 1 winner was Formal Gold in 1997.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Owner

Launched in October 2011 and with offices in Springboro, OH, and Del Mar, CA, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners forms racing partnerships with its’ primary focus on acquiring thoroughbreds that have already run on the racetrack and who Eclipse believes possess “blue sky” potential to make a serious mark at the highest level the sport has to offer. Since seeing its’ first runner hit the track just 18 months ago, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has been represented by runners such as In Lingerie, winner of the 2012 Grade I, Spinster Stakes and 2012 Grade II, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. Eclipse also campaigns the multiple Stakes winning filly, Byrama and Capo Bastone, the 3rd Place Finisher in the 2012, Grade I, Breeders' Cup Juvenile.  In its 1st full season on the racetrack, Eclipse led all public partnerships in number of North American Stakes wins.  

Pedigree

Street Boss-Champagne Royale, by French Deputy

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Danza is by high-class sprinter Street Boss, but stands to inherit a fair amount of stamina from his dam.

Street Boss wasn't bred to be a pure speedster. He is a son of 2002 Dubai World Cup romper Street Cry, the sire of the mighty Zenyatta and 2007 Kentucky Derby-winning champion Street Sense.

But Street Boss excelled as a late-running sprinter, rolling from off the pace to sweep the Bing Crosby, Triple Bend and Los Angeles Handicaps in 2008. Two of those came in track-record time at six furlongs -- the 1:07 2/5 in the Los Angeles over Hollywood's Cushion Track and the 1:08 3/5 in the Bing Crosby over Del Mar's Polytrack.

So far, his progeny have appeared best suited by sprints, as illustrated by Capo Bastone. From the first crop of Street Boss, Capo Bastone was on the Derby trail for a time after finishing third in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But he ended up finding his niche as a sprinter, and scored his biggest victory in last summer's King's Bishop at Saratoga.  Until Danza upset the Arkansas Derby, Street Boss' only stakes winner at a route of ground was Street Gem, who landed a pair of 1 1/16-mile turf stakes at Monmouth last year.

Danza is from just the second crop by Street Boss, however, and it's too early to pigeon-hole the young stallion as a one-dimensional speed influence. Indeed, as a son of Street Cry, Street Boss likely has a more complex genetic profile, and he could prove to be the type of sire who gets runners with greater distance capacity than he showed.

Danza's dam, Champagne Royale, was stakes-placed at 1 1/16 miles in Canada. But she is already responsible for two winners over long distances. Her first foal, a filly by Afleet Alex named Consider Yourself, won at up to 1 3/8 miles in England. Her second foal, a son of Rockport Harbor named Majestic Harbor, recently ran away with the 1 1/2-mile Tokyo City Cup on the Santa Anita dirt.

Champagne Royale is by French Deputy, a well-bred son of Deputy Minister who won the one-mile Jerome Handicap in 1995. French Deputy has sired Left Bank, the champion older male of 2002; multiple Singapore champion Better Than Ever; Japanese champion dirt horse Kurofune; Genereux, successful in a 1 1/2-mile Group 1 on turf in Argentina; as well as Grade 1-winning sprinter House Party and Mayo on the Side, who beat Azeri in the seven-furlong Humana Distaff in 2004.

Champagne Royale is a half-sister to He's Hammered, winner of an Illinois-bred stakes at Hawthorne. They were produced by the winning All Tanked Up, a half-sister to 1988 California Derby romper All Thee Power, by 1985 Preakness and Arkansas Derby hero Tank's Prospect,

Further back, Danza descends from the same extended family as Kentucky Oaks contender Untapable.

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