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Cupid, Accelerate, Breaking Lucky, Pavel
I know the Jockey Club Gold Cup is 10 furlongs, but right now, if Mr. Wilkes trains for him to work on his stamina, I would definetly run in it. McCraken could beat Good Samaritan, and maybe have a shot at beating Keen Ice if KI has a poor performance. And, right now, there are no other good pace horses, so I would pull a "West Coast", and take him to the lead, and have a slow pace throughout the whole race, to save stamina for the end, to just edge out KI or GS, if they run poorly.
Out of these probables, Breaking Lucky.
Would like to see McCraken, and maybe, Chad Brown should just race Cloud Computing and if he flunks (which he will), retire him. Keen Ice and Good Samaritan are closers, so who is going to set the pace? I don't know any other 3yos that should run? If I owned McCraken, I would send him to the JCGC, and just take the lead from the beginning. McCraken could easily get second from taking the lead and making it very slow. There are no good pace starters right now, unless other horses run in this race. If I was Baffert, Hoppertunity should run again, but he might have weakened a bit from last year. Hop is 6 years old, which is when they can be falling from their peak, and they just want to rest. And finally, maybe Pavel should run here, give him a chance to win. This will be a weird race if there are no good pace setters, everyone will be looking at the screen to see if Keen Ice will close it, or GS.
Watch Pavel, but Cupid is the one to beat...
isnt the horse Vanishing Point Owned by Ms. SHARMILA DASS?...well that is what she claims...
Looking at Baffert's records with 3YOs over the past 15 years, he actually had much more success training post-June heroes (Hoppetunity... Yes the 3YO Hop, Game on Dude, Bayern, Arrogate and West Coast are some of them) than KD winners. So it isn't surprising that Arrogate and WC ran well post June of their 3YO campaigns, and it looked like he has perfected his approach over the past 2 years.
Saturday will be a big test for Oscar, first time going 12, against a pretty classy older field.
Would love to see Dortmund make a comeback and win this.. I know the chances are slim :/
Good Samaritan worked 4f, Sept 25th, in 49.33 (b) finishing 11/46.
Elate worked 4f, Sept 25th, in 49.00 (b) finishing 3/46.
Midnight Storm worked 6f, Sept 25th, in 1:14.40 (h) finishing 4/10.
Ransom the Moon worked 5f, Sept 25th, in 59.60 (H) finishing 4/68.
Collected worked 5f, Sept 25th, in 1:00.00 (h) finishing 8/68.
American Anthem worked 5f, Sept 25th, in 59.00 (h) finishing 1/68.
Ashleyluvssugar worked 4f, Sept 25th, in 50.40 (h) finishing 75/81.
Ascend worked 6f, Sept 25th, in 1:13.20 (B) finishing 1/2.
Senior Investment worked 5f, Sept 25th, in 1:00:00 (B) finishing 3/23.
Forever Unbridled worked 4f, Sept 25th, in 48.40 (b) finishing 11/39.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 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. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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