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If this horse had the same talent as "Mr Ed" and could actually talk. What do you think he would say to his fans, ahead of the big race on Saturday??
Can you imagine if Nyquist got scratched a day or two before the race because of injury.............. OUCH, that would really hurt, of course the Derby would still go on and it would be an exciting spectacle, but WITHOUT Nyquist, it would sorta be a bit of an anti-climax!!! I know that's very unlikely but it's not an impossibility! I was informed by another user on here recently that "I'll Have Another" was scratched from the Belmont just 2 DAYS before the race, because of injury. Can you imagine how devastating that would have been for the connections and owners of the horse. I am SURE I'll Have Another would of won the Belmont, he was SO STRONG at the finish of his races and I think he would have won the Belmont EASY over the 1 1/2m distance, and doing so, HE would of been the 1st Triple Crown for 34 years!!! He had all that fame and glory stolen away from him because of a damn injury! I still rate "Big Brown" and "I'll Have Another" as true GREATS, equally as good as "American Pharoah"........... if not better. :-)
NYRA looking at synthetic surface for Winter AQU. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211315/nyra-looking-at-synthetic-track-for-aqueduct
Are you going to play them all at once?,
Lets pull the trigger on the Preakness if she is healthy, this horse is unstoppable, forget about the restricted female races. Nobody cares about virtual walkovers at 1-9 where the race is over at the first turn.
OK race fans, so who is your pick for the Woodford Reserve? We got to nail the Daily Double with the Derby on Saturday!!!!!
Precedent has been that horses coming from NON-lasix venues, wallow in the BS, and think they are being left behind if they do not use this strong diuretic. BALONEY.
Haven't heard
Is he going to be on Lasix? Or are they going to run him against 19 others who are on Lasix?
Lani worked this mourning 5 f 1:01
Since Union Rags blew up in the florida derby, Leparoux hasn't won a big race on the main track.
Was hoping to have a discussion with some of the "core posters" on HRN about this horse. Right now I genuinely think this horse can and just might win the Derby. What I'm hoping to hear are the legitimate reasons that people don't think he will. I really loved his Florida Derby. Yes he was drifting a bit at the end, but he was coming off a sprint and a layoff so that race looked like a great fitness builder to me. I'm not more concerned about him getting the 10F as I am any other horse going 10F in this day and age. Weather/surface doesn't seem to be an issue either. How many of you are feeling this way about him? The horse has guts and he's just been faster than pretty much anyone. For those on the fence will it come down to post position? Unless he gets caught up in some terrible speed duel (and I think he's versatile enough to avoid that) I just have to think he'll get the right trip. Obviously for those trying to make money you'll look elsewhere, but I would love to hear some truly thoughtful opinions on him.
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  • jrem1 · He will definitely finish in the top three and no worse if he doesn't win it. It's kind of hard to pick against him. As long as he stays out of trouble, he will be there, but sure they'll be a couple or so horses that will be right there too. Kind of a general evaluation, but this horse keeps coming up with the answers. · 23 hours ago
  • Sullivan · He's a nice horse. I don't think he's got enough brilliance to run down horses that get away from him and to navigate in such a large field. I think the quality of the Florida Derby was suspect. I think he will get the distance easily, but he has been winning a lot of races his own way and running horses down on heart. I don't expect that to work in the Kentucky Derby. Betting wise, I want to see posts, but he's the kind of horse that you can say will win or be off the board. Would need some serious closing power to beat him for the win spot. Do you believe in Destin? · 20 hours ago
he next run to Japan. owner said plan to the Yasuda Kinen (G1,June 5,1600m (about 1mile)) or the Takarazuka Kinen (G1,June 26,2200m (about 1m3f)). he have already won by Yasuda Kinen. case of choose Takarazuka Kinen to challenge intermediate distance. More future non announcement...
Duramente, Last Year Japanese Dual Classic Winner & Dubai Sheema Classic Runner-up. Next run to Japan June 26 Takarazuka Kinen (JPN-G1,2200m (about 11f)) Owner Said. also Autumn plan, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe run has been left.
Dapper Delegate, the son of Porterhouse who was owned by Mrs. Joe Brown and trained by Alcee Richard, died of colitis at Aqueduct in May of 1965. He was one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby that year and was scratched due to illness.
That jump from 80 to 98 was giant/taxing, followed by an all out 100 that took everything out of Destin. I can't see his first race back after 8 weeks of rest topping that 100 beyer. He'll likely run around 98, shake the rust off, then pop big next out after the derby.
Happy Birthday baby Mo
A two week review of Derbies back to Monarchos, I discovered some interesting things: 1) fewer of the newer entrants came to the big dance off few races. Historically, many came into the race with little to no seasoning (4 or 5 lifetime races) and 2) Fewer and fewer colts are easy to "kiss off" by being too early. Still the patterns of regression last three races and getting earlier paced as the distances in the preps go from 8 to 8.5 to 9.0 furlongs is a key to eliminating usually half the field each year. Will know more when the pp's come out Thursday.
Not too slow! He has a better than 20-1 chance of winning
While I always pull for Dale Romans, and I believe this filly is going to be something special, I wonder how she will do at a mile and an eighth, on a fast track and in front of the Oaks crowd on just her 3rd lifetime start. I wish she had more seasoning, but I will have to put a couple on her if she isn't washed out in the paddock.

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