Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Thousand Words

Aug 05, 2020 John Mucciolo/

Albaugh Family Stables LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Thousand Words broke best and never looked back en route to a score in the $98,000 Shared Belief S. at Del Mar. The two-time graded stakes victor completed 1 1/16 miles on the fast main surface in 1:43.85 beneath Abel Cedillo to earn 50 points on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series. He currently sits in seventh on the leaderboard with 83 total points amassed.

The bay colt notched his third black-type victory in the Shared Belief and sports a lifetime line that reads 7-4-1-0, $327,000.

The winner debuted on October 26 at Santa Anita in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event and came out a half-length winner. He capped his brief juvenile season with a game tally in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2), prior to moving his unbeaten streak to three when annexing the Robert Lewis (G3) in his sophomore bow.

Thousand Words went unplaced in his next pair of assignments, fourth in the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita and 11th in the Oaklawn S. The son of Pioneerof the Nile was most recently runner-up in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3).

Trained by Bob Baffert, Thousand Words was bred in the Sunshine State by Hardacre Farm and was acquired at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale when bringing the gavel down at an even $1 million going to his current connections. He is the first stakes winner produced from three-time graded stakes heroine Pomeroy’s Pistol, who was also runner-up in the 2011 Test Stakes (G1) and Prioress Stakes (G1). And he has an unnamed yearling half-brother by Hard Spun.

Thousand Words posted a 93 Brisnet Speed figure for his work and has yet to register a number higher than 95 to this point of his career. His one-paced style should translate well when he races at 10 furlongs for the first time at Churchill Downs on Sept. 5, but the 3-year-old has to get faster to perform well with the best in his crop.

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