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This gelding is running twice in one week at Santa Anita. His racing record indicates excessive racing. Maybe he'd perform better if the team gave him a decent rest between gigs (i.e., a month or so like the prominent teams do). What's the problem?
Worked on the turf last week. Belmont Oaks possibly?
On the track this morning - 6/22 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fae181b09249716228de3726d609293c2bdf0acb00fc775a1032bd2492269713.jpg
Suffused worked 5f, June 22nd, in 1:03.11 (b) finishing 2/7.
Camelot Kitten worked 4f, June 22nd, in 49.66 (b) finishing 25/68.
Madefromlucky worked 4f, June 22nd, in 50.97 (b) finishing 18/30.
Songbird worked 4f, June 22nd, in 48.20 (b) finishing 6/46
Shaman Ghost worked 7f, June 22nd, in 1:27.50 (b) finishing 1/2.
Conformation: http://d3v7caevx73rbm.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Vancouver-Conformation-New_Approved-web.jpg
Conformation: http://d3v7caevx73rbm.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Air-Force-Blue-Conformation-New_Approved-web.jpg
Conformation: http://i.bloodhorse.com/sroimages//medium/0000168971_1.jpg
I think after the layoff the goal was to win & look good later. Songbird went gate to wire in a grade 1. Until she loses she is the horse to beat outside of the older males.
Conformation: http://claibornefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/confos-runhappy.jpg
Conformation: http://claibornefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/confos-ironicus.jpg
Will she be at saratoga at all this year?
In discussing scenarios for this year's Classic, I am looking the huge role that the BCC has had in determining HOTY. Ghostzapper didn't have THAT great a year (very good but not great prior to the Classic) in '04, but had an incredible BCC and won the award. Same with Saint Liam the next year - a very good but not great year up to the BCC, but winning it gave him the award. In '06, Invasor probably had a slightly lesser year than Bernardini going into the race, but took HOTY when he beat the latter in the BCC. In '13, I have no doubt Game on Dude would have taken HOTY had he won the BCC - although I think he should have won it anyway. The great exception, as Ferris has always noted, is '10, when Blame beat Zenyatta, but then for reasons of giving her a "lifetime achievment award", they gave her HOTY instead.
With a name like St. Patrick's Day he better be at least 1/2 as good as his older bro.
He's beautiful.
Battle of Midway should win this one. Has been pointing here since the Derby. Hollendorfer has him ready to roll.
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