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Zipse At The Track

I would like to see Redeemed do more by doing less

Disclaimer: I have no connection to Redeemed, and what I say may well mean less than a hill of beans to owner Samantha Siegel and trainer Rick Dutrow. I understand this and I’m fine with it; Redeemed is their horse and obviously they can do with him whatever they please. What I am is a fan, and as one of my favorite horses in training, I have a strong rooting interest in Redeemed’s racing future and beyond. 
 
This Saturday, Redeemed looms a clear cut favorite in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing. As the even money, morning line choice in the field of eight, I can certainly understand why the four-year-old son of Include is running there; after all it is hard to say no to heavy favoritism in a $200,000, graded stakes race. Contested at a distance that has become somewhat unusual these days, of 12 furlongs on the dirt, I am only hoping that the Greenwood Cup is not further typecasting Redeemed into a “certain type” of horse that will ultimately only get him to the Breeders’ Cup Marathon … not that there is anything wrong with the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. 
 
I just want more for the horse that has 7 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in only 12 lifetime starts. And by more, I mean less. Less distance that is. I believe Redeemed to be the late developing type of four-year-old who could excel by the time the ten furlongs of the Breeders’ Cup Classic rolls around in November. Hey, if Drosselmeyer can do it, so can this one.
 
Yes, his New Orleans Handicap was not good, but I would argue that race simply does not fit with the rest of his form. I just think he had a poor outing. And yes, his last win, a ten-length whitewash of his Grade 2 Brooklyn foes, was at the extended distance of 12 furlongs, but before you start calling Redeemed a long-distance specialist, keep in mind this is the same horse that got his first three stakes wins at 1 1/8 miles, and this is the same horse that rallied for second to Caleb’s Posse in the 6 ½ furlong, Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes last summer in his initial stakes try.
 
Much like the famous line of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, I want Redeemed to exclaim to his connections, “I am not a plodder!” If he cannot do it with words, I hope they can see it in actions.
 
Winning the Breeders’ Cup Marathon would be nice, but winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic would be exponentially nicer. It has not escaped me that the Classic would also be exponentially more difficult, but I see great things in Redeemed, and I sincerely hope he gets the chance to fulfill them. 
 
 
 

 

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Maybe an interesting solution would be to up the purse of the BC marathon from a puny 500 to 2 mil. Imagine that. Then we get to see the panther himself plus anyone else who dares take him on really have to negotiate/pace themselves 3 turns. Older stronger horses, mentally more a part of it, so much more interesting imo. No?
13-8-2-2 with five stakes wins.
Repeat the exacta in the Greenwood: Redeemed and Eldaafer.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.