#15 Rock Your World (W+P+S) ML: 5/1
The Son of Candy Ride is bred to handle the distance and the second betting choice. He won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in dominating fashion by 4 1/4 lengths. If the Derby was a beauty contest, they might not have to take a vote. The tall, near-black 3-year-old out of the Empire Maker mare Charm the Maker – bred by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his wife Debby – fetched $650,000 as a yearling at Keeneland's September Sale in 2019 and has simply grown into a monster. He's got an athlete's body and a smooth way of going over the track, as well as a rapid turn of foot that just might see him on the lead early. Essential Quality is the deserving favorite as an undefeated horse (5 for 5) and should take a lot of money. I'm looking at Rock Your World and this horse is getting better with each start and undefeated (3 for 3) as well. Rock Your World actually has a better career Beyer speed figure (100) than Essential Quality (97). I'm hoping we can get 6/1 or better. I'm playing him across-the-board!