Kentucky Derby

Midshipman tops Experimental Free Handicap

Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman received the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2008 Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday by The Jockey Club.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound, at 124 pounds, tops the filly division.

The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 11⁄16 miles on dirt.

The committee weighted a total of 104 males and 87 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2008 that finished among the top four in graded or other unrestricted races with an added value of at least $75,000, run in the continental United States.

Darley Stable's Midshipman won three of his four starts last year for earnings of $1,380,200. In addition to his 1¼-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he also won the Del Mar Futurity and finished a close second in the Norfolk Stakes.

The 126 pounds assigned to Midshipman is 1 pound less than the assignment on last year's high weight, War Pass.

Midshipman is weighted 2 pounds higher than Vineyard Haven, also a winner of three of his four starts in 2008.

At 123 pounds is Breederse' Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie.

In the filly division, the 124 pounds assigned to Stardom Bound is 1 pound above the assignment on last year's high weight, Indian Blessing.

Stardom Bound's three victories from five starts all came in Grade I races — the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Oak Leaf Stakes and Del Mar Debutante. She earned $1,420,600 for her owner Charles Cono LLC.

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