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I am not falling for he said she say on the Florida Derby time...Always Dreaming have no doubt proved to me that he belongs in G1 company and he will be a horse to be reckon with going over a distance of grounds. Therefore, he will be my main contender in my top 5!! 1) Always Dreaming, 2) Classic Empire, 3) Practical Joke, 4) Irish War Cry, 5) Tapwrit, and McCracken as a 6th to use in wager. Best wishes in your analysis !!
This is a really exciting, deep field, so looking forward to it!
Arrogate is too old to run in the Derby. I am sure 35 horses cannot run in the derby. I think Only 20 can.
How many maidens ever won the Derby? Maybe a placer...
Retired due to ankle injury. No stallion plans yet.
If LAL can improve off the Arkansas derby he will be very very very dangerous... In the Arkansas derby his jockey gave him a truly terrible ride in the home stretch, and he still pulled out 3rd against good competition...if you are looking for a value play this horse is the one!
  • Dan K via Disqus · I agree. He needed a top tier jockey for this race. He needed his regular rider, Ricardo Santana. If he makes it, look out. Another one I'm very impressed with is Sonneteer. He was two strides away from passing LAL and CMM and was bearing down on CE. · 7 days ago
  • Doug via Disqus · I agree. LAL will love that long stretch @ CD. · 6 hours ago
This horse is a major contender as his preps were spaced out nicely. Brian Hernandez opted for McCraken and that concerns me. Never mind that Mike Smith picks up the mount, but I believe riders and agents know who the better horse is, or at least feel they know. He'll be a good price even with Smith, because bettors will not be respectful of the Louisiana company he's beating. Having said all that, if he draws inside the 10 post he will be atop many of my exotic bets on Derby Day.
This one does have a 2nd in his debut at Churchill, but I think he's a cut below the top ones here. He got the perfect trip in the Gotham, and I think he became over-hyped because of that win. That horse he beat El Areeb was overrated, so he didn't beat much in New York. He could complete the Tri or Super, but I cannot see him as a contender.
This race needs more points for the Kentucky Derby 10 points is not even good enough it should at least be 35 or 30
Curlin's Approval worked 6f, April 30th, in 1:12.52 (b) finishing 1/2.
Oscar Nominated worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:00.20 (b) finishing 1/14.
International Star worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:02.00 (b) finishing 5/14.
Divisdero worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:04.40 (b) finishing 3/3.
McCraken worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:00.80 (b) finishing 10/32.
Fast and Accurate worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:01.20 (b) finishing 17/32.
Green Mask worked 4f, April 30th, in 49.40 (b) finishing 1/10.
Whitmore worked 4f, April 30th, in 48.00 (B) finishing 9/62.
Wake Forest worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:03.45 (b) finishing 5/7.
Suffused worked 5f, April 30th, in 1:02.12 (b) finishing 1/7.
Sea Calisi worked 5f, April 30th in 1:02.34 (B) finishing 3/7.

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