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There are times when stakes races have names that do not really fit, yet the Remington Springboard Mile is not one of them. The name fits like a glove. It’s a mid-December race for 2-year-olds around two turns that can propel them into a successful sophomore season – aka a springboard.

This feature provides a capsule look at three horses who are heating up on the Triple Crown trail and three horses whose chances for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve are not quite as strong as they were a week or two ago.

The race for the Eclipse Award as the champion older dirt male has turned into a “Classic” debate.

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2020 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based on ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey), and pedigree.

The connections of Thousand Words needed only one word to describe his budding career at the conclusion of the $200,000, Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 7 at Los Alamitos:

Undefeated.

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