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1st: Matt King Coal 2nd: Connect 3rd: Tommy Macho 4th: Realm Mohaymen last.
This Horse to me is the biggest question mark in the entire race. Not because of his physical talents, but because of his mental issues. Physically he probably represents the Horse with the best chance to move forward and win this years Derby. But the question will be his ability to handle things from a Mental perspective. After all, this horse refused to work on one occassion. Four years ago i was lucky enough to have a friend race in the Derby. I experienced the event from an up close perspective. Ever since then my viewpoint towards the race has changed. I was lucky enough to participate in the walk from theBarn area into the Paddock. It is a mad house to say the least. Fans sceaming at the top of their lungs as we approached the massive grandstand. I got goose bumps, imagine how these Colts felt. Due to the size of the field, the stalls in the paddock are smaller than usual. Because of the small paddock area and the amount of owners and people there. Horses are restricted into this small space for almost 25 minutes. That is what scares me about Empire. Someone can speculate this and that, but no one knows for sure how he or any of the other Colts will handle the moment. But a Horse that has shown to act oddly is definately one that concerns me. Add to the equation that he will more than likely be the favorite or the 2nd choice. How i use him will be a tough call. If i am correct and the surroundings get to him, i am basically saying that the favorite is a toss.
Happy retirement!
If he runs his race, he'll be in the top 5. If he doesn't, he'll finish 10th or worse. I would love to see him do well in the KD.
If the pace in the KD is slow, he could finish in the top 3. However, if the pace is fast, I could see him placing 7th or 8th.
Cannot wait until her 2017 return! :)
He should place around 4th or 5th in the Derby.
If the pace is slow, IWC could win. If the past is extremely fast like last year, he'll be off the board.
If he can rate behind the leaders and the pace isn't too fast, he'll take home the roses.
I don't think his running style will help him at all in the Kentucky Derby. If he has a good trip, he could finish in the top. I always found Gunnevera very difficult to read, he's not the most consistent horse in this year's crop. I hope he gets a good trip in the KD, and I hope the pace is fast enough for him to finish well.
Malagacy galloped along with Pletcher's other derby horses at Churchill Thursday morning - so who knows if he'll run or not and who will ride...Pletcher being coy on this
Not fast enough early and not fast enough late.Too much of a rush on this horse.Like Royal MO needs time to mature .Quality at the Belmont right kind of one paced style.Rosario doesn't jump off of Derby winners.Love the Curlins but this is an obvious Derby rush.Steady runner look for Belmont.
  • Mark Cone via Disqus · Ok, I'll take the bait. It's pretty easy to come on a message board and say that one horse out of 20 won't win. As classy as Motion is, JR could have been kicked off IWC and we wouldn't have known. He obviously made the wrong choice w/ Practical Joke who can't even get a 1 1/4. Not fast enough late? Join the other amateurs who look at the Wood's inflated time and say it was slow. The Wood, according to a few speed metrics, was one of the fastest preps. So genius, instead of telling us who won't win-give us your winner. · 6 hours ago
Hard to tell obviously at this age, but he looks like he could be something good. I await for his training/works to begin.
Someone knows something about her foals? I know that she is foal to Dansili, but what about earlier?
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · She had a colt by Oasis Dream on 3/13/16. The Dansili filly foaled on 320/17 is her 2nd. · 5 hours ago
"ARROGATE STEALS THE SHOW", he's the best Baffert has ever trained............. American WHO?
How come she not going to the oaks?
So the latest 'posted' word from Camp Arrogate is nothing we don't already know. This statement from Grimthorpe appeared on UAE's The National Sport today - "The initial thing is to probably give him a break, then think about something like the Pacific Classic at Del Mar as that is where the Breeders’ Cup is this year, and take it from there," Lord Grimthorpe, UK racing manager for owners Juddmonte, said. "That’s in August and whether we go before it is hard to tell at this stage. He won’t work for at least a month. The horse will tell Bob when he is ready. The main aim is the Breeders’ Cup Classic again." To me it seems a little difficult to tell when this was actually said because it definitely has the same familiar ring to it. But at least from it we know that Arrogate has now had his month off.
  • Ferrisjso26 · Just 2 more races for a 4 start season, which would make it a 6 stakes start career? If that schedule holds Arrogate will only have the chance to break one more record(10 at Del Mar) and will then call it a career. He will also only have 1 stakes start at a distance other than 10(I know the DWC isn't technically 10, you know what I mean). We can complain all we want about how short campaigns are but even by today's standards he's being coddled. · 10 hours ago
Finishing 3rd in your final prep race doesn't bode well for horses in the KD. In the last 10 years, 26 horses have ran in the KD who came off of a 3rd place finish and only Commanding Curve and Mucho Macho Man finished in the top 3. This list of 26 included some good horses like Union Rags and Lookin at Lucky. I think he finishes anywhere from 4th to 8th.
Some here are expecting Always Dreaming to bounce and some are thinking the Florida Derby performance was good enough to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby. I think AD's FD performance was a normal progression for him when comparing to his previous race (and in the FD, AD only beat the stamina challenged Three Rules by 7 lengths). To win the Kentucky Derby, AD will have to improve from his FD performance by at least 5 lengths to be on par with the average KD winning performances over the past 5 years.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · 5 lengths?! So he should have won the FlaDerby in 146.47? Cmon Bob...I'll give you a chance to take it back and we'll pretend it didn't happen ;) · 13 hours ago

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A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

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