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On the surface from a fans view,this looks like a loaded field with some nice horses running. A closer look tells us that there are only 2 legitimate horses that possess quality Graded caliber early speed. At CD on Derby day, Private Zone took advantage of circumstances and bottomed out the field at 7F. Now going a mile,and 1 race under Bayerns belt. I doubt he will be able to run with Bayern,a horse i believe will be on a mission come Saturday. I think that the Private will be contentwith sitting the Garden trip behind this loose locomotive. At the top of the lane he will take his best shot at Bayern. In a race that many are expecting the half mile to go in .44 or below. I would not be surprised if they went .45 and turned this into a Merry -go-Round race,with the 2 lead horses finishing up 1/2 when the smoke clears.
A majority of these horses a blistering place to run big but it'll be awesome to see what happens.
I still feel like we haven't seen the best from Honor Code yet... Hopefully he'll run well in the Met Mile (he's one of my favorites).
BREAKING NEWS regarding Palace Malice. Putting it on Curlin's page because PM'S pave isn't on main screen. Palace Malice is not expected to return to track to train until June 10, according to Cot Campbell. Palace Malice has an infection in his tendon sheath that he has been battling. Cot calls it inconsequential, but it's slowing down progress. Plans call for Palace Malice to run in Whitney and then a fall campaign is planned. According to Aiken Standard
To those that will be attending the day,especially if it is your first visit to Belmont Park. Regardless if you Horse(s) win or lose, come out of it with an enjoyable experience. To the historical fans in the group , especially those seated in the Clubhouse. Visit the 2nd floor, just outside of the Directors dining Room. You will find the Wall of Fame of pictures. Winners Circle/Finish Line photos of all the Belmont Winners that were able to be captured. If you enjoy watching the horses up close,a bit of a tip. There will be many people in the back doing the same. Sacrifice watching a race on TV or up front. Just stay in the back. After the horses for that particular race exit the paddock,so do the crowds. Then just slide on up to the railing ,for a birdseye view of the next races competitors. You can get some great close up pictures. Most important,enjoy the experience.
Michael de Kock tells DRF's Jay Privman that Mubtaahij, who has had an ambitious campaign so far this year, would head to England after the Belmont Stakes, and get a freshening before being prepared for a winter campaign whose focal point would be the Dubai World Cup next March. Mubtaahij won the UAE Derby earlier this year at Meydan. "I think he's a Dubai World Cup horse -- as long as American Pharoah doesn't show up," he said. According to DRF
Umgiyo, who came in for some support but ran poorly five weeks ago in the Grade 1 Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard, had been mentioned as a possible runner in the Grade 1 Manhattan on the Belmont card, but will instead start Saturday in an allowance race here at Belmont, trainer Mike de Kock said. While de Kock's Belmont Stakes starter, Mubtaahij, will ship to England following his race, Umgiyo will remain in the U.S. under the care of trainer Christophe Clement, in whose Belmont barn de Kock's horses are stabled. Umgiyo has not been sold and will continue campaigning for the same ownership group. According to DRF
Looks like rain this Saturday. Get your souvenir tickets.
Take note all of you Frosted doubters: 1 - In the KD not only did he have trouble after the break but was wide the entire race while making a monster move in the stretch closing into moderate fractions. 2 - Rosario never touched him once with the stick which tells me that there is more to see from this horse. 3 - He will certainly be closer to the pace on Saturday 4 - Has a race over the track where he closed on a speed biased track to place second. This is a gift..............
Come on, speedy baby! You just have to win this thing!
BREAKING NEWS: Far From Over, the Withers Stakes winner, has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his left hind leg and will not only miss Saturday's Grade 1 Wood Memorial, but is off the Derby trail, according to Nick Sallusto, the racing manager for Steven Marshall's Black Rock Stable as well as co-owners Jim Cavello and Sol Kumin. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
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  • Goblin · It's a non-displaced hind condylar fracture that will require surgery, but it sounds as though he may be able to race again. More info will be given post-op, I'm sure. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/90997/fracture-knocks-far-from-over-off-derby-trail · 62 days ago
  • marcie.s.messer · HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING ON HIS CONDITION? · 2 hours ago
I think American Pharoah's best shot at winning the belmont is for Victor to get to the lead right away, get AP into that cruising speed and put some distance between him and the field. I think if he plays the come catch me if you can game he will open up from them at the stop of the stretch and even if he gets tired late, it will be too much to do with too little time for any other contenders. I think that will work much better than to ask him to pass horses late in the race. What do you all think?
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  • amino998 · POSITION is not PACE... :in absentia: :) ...agree with getting into that cruising gear · 21 hours ago
  • travel_vic · many many wire to wire winners of this as the colts of today do not win theses as much as they SURVIVE them. · 13 hours ago
This race is turning into a weak installment of the race and it's sad a 1.5 million dollar race doesn't even fill the gate.
If anyone wants a good laugh, there's an article on Yahoo about the hype after AP's work today. Some of the comments are pretty laughable.
Victor Espinosa knows not putting Chrome on the lead after he broke on top was a mistake last year. If AP breaks on top he will not make the same mistake twice. Or will he? Never fight the horse..........let him RUN.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · He'll get blisters from holding AP back. All to no avail. · 1 day ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Bafferts said in his interview today that he has not even thought about how to tell VE where to have AP : These are the interviews that some-what get to me at times . . . But then , looking in on the bright side - Baffert is very WISE not mention a single word what he actually does have in mind : Baffert / VE will surprise the heck out of almost everyone once that gate opens : Baffert and VE have been planning this race for a very long time · 11 hours ago
Poor boy Swale, what a fighter he was...trying hard to be like his daddy Seattle Slew ! Job well done Swale, you are loved !!
For all of you conspiracy theorists Carpe Diem was pulled for two reasons. His poor showing in the Derby and his last workout, which if anybody happened to watch, was very uninspiring. When he came into the stretch his head was all over the place and you could see he was over heated. A clear sign of a horse that's not ready to run 1.5 miles. Exacta Box-AP-Frosted-Madefromlucky-Keen Ice.
They EVER gonna race this colt?
We know that history and science tells us that the Triple Crown cannot be won in modern racing. Once again, American Pharoah can handle any Track under any conditions. He has already demonstrated it. I agree that Belmont has a different surface than other Tracks. It is no secret that many things can happen in a horse race that can effect the outcome. The best Horse does not always win. American Pharoah is in better condition now than his previous three races. He will win the Triple Crown.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · You can't asseverate he will handle any track. He hasn't yet tried Belmont's, and as you point out immediately after, Belmont has a different surface than other Tracks. You also have no way of knowing he's in better condition now than in his previous three races. The KD was his third race back from a layoff. That was probably his peak performance. Which makes a lot of sense, since trainers will aim for that. Now you're asking the horse to stay at that level, or better, while running three races in five weeks, and moving up to a mile and a half. Not an easy thing to do. He'll need to be a super horse. Chances are he isn't. · 1 day ago
  • travel_vic · sloppy helps him a lot. Pray for rain · 13 hours ago

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