By Jonathan Lintner
When a combination of big-name owners purchased an $850,000 2-year-old by Medaglia d’Oro, the likes of Robert LaPenta, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Bridlewood Farm did so thinking they could campaign the horse in America’s classic races — primarily the 2018 Kentucky Derby.
Montauk has done nothing but reaffirm that belief since going into training with Todd Pletcher.
“We know we’ve got the goods,” Eclipse’s Aron Wellman told HRN.
Montauk’s Derby odds at the Wynn Las Vegas have plummeted to 22-1 since his Oct. 7 debut at Belmont Park, where the bay colt demolished a maiden special weight field by 11 1/4 lengths. The Wynn now offers only Grade 1 winners Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic and McKinzie, along with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Solomini, at a shorter price.