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This will be up their with Upset, Jim Dandy, Onion and the Affirmed DQ. Baffert's never bringing another horse to the Travers. All the shipping back and forth finally took it's toll. This was the toughest field he's faced since the Derby and like I predicted Frosted gave AP all he could handle (with Rosario he might have won) and didn't leave him with enough to hold off KI. AP is still a great horse and I hope this shows people how good this crop of three year olds really is and actually makes his TC more impressive.
Texas Red laid an egg. Frosted burned early to press and not let American Pharoah cruise the middle part of the race (like he always does the previous 8 victories). Keen Ice tagged the win with the assist from Frosted.
Everything is open now in the Classic.
Congrats to Dale and the Donegal team. Best son of Curlin since Palace Malice.
I hope I don't hear any bad crap about AP, he gave his all and it just wasn't his day, we should be lucky he came to the Travers, he gamely turned back Frosted and almost got there, not every horse is a machine. Great Job today Phaorah, you'll get them next time.
American Pharoah is a super horse, but he is not invincible, as a fast pace setup and the wear and tear of traveling took its toll. He ran bravely, though not at his best, and will live to fight another day. In no way will this take away from what he has accomplished.
...and that's what happens when you don't have it all your own way!...
Honor Code is now licking his chops for the Classic!
American who?
Maybe AP wasn't being eased up in the stretch as much as we were led to believe in the Haskell. Keen Ice proved he's legit today.
KEEN ICE!!!! Amazing job coming from off the pace!! Another G1 winner for Curlin!!! He was due for a breakthrough and he came through today. Let's give credit to where credit is due.
Keen Ice picked up the pieces to defeat American Pharoah with a lot of help from Frosted.
Well, the graveyard of favorites lived up to its name. Ran an ok race. Just not his A game. But, This does nothing to diminish his legacy.
I saw him coming and thought uh oh. Keen Ice has this. Nice run by Keen Ice and nice patient ride by Javier!
I said it on Belmont Day and I'll say it again. That's exactly what Frosted should have done in the Belmont!
NOOOOOOOOOOO! Dang you Javier!!
Class usually tells and it was obvious that Flintshire was the class of the Sword Dancer Invitational field by a street. Today's win makes Flintshire a G1 winner at 12f/2400 meters on 3 different continents, I.E., Grand Prix de Paris(Europe), Hong Kong Vase(Asia), Sword Dancer Invitational(North America). He's also G1 placed 2nd at 12f/2400 meters in the Coronation Cup(14'), Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe, Breeders Cup Turf, Dubai Sheema Classic, & Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, and G1 placed 3rd at 12f/2400 meters in the Coronation Cup(15'). Flintshire's traveled all over the world and taken on the best middle distance turf horses currently racing in the sport and has more than held his own with all of them.

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