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Can Dullahan beat I'll Have Another?

At Tuesday’s 2012 Belmont Stakes media luncheon, which was held on a roof top restaurant in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, Dullahan’s trainer Dale Romans gave us some tongue in cheek advise, “You should bet on Dullahan to cash a ticket, but I’ll Have Another to get a souvenir.”
 
Romans then went on to explain why he is so confident that Dullahan can compete with I'll Have Another. “I think if we’d had a better trip in the Derby we could have beaten him. We only lost by a length and a half.  He had the best trip.”
 
Dullahan had a lot of trouble at the start of the Derby and Roman’s said it only got worse, “But then we went nine wide on the clubhouse turn and anybody that watches Churchill on a regular basis knows that that’s death and you can’t win from out there.  He still closed faster than anyone else.”
 
There is very little doubt how much respect Romans has for I’ll Have Another. “I was very impressed with Doug’s horse in the Preakness. His horse was much the best.  He had to belly down to catch Bodemeister that wasn’t stopping and he did what he needed to do to win.”
 
Romans made it clear that the mile and a half distance of the Belmont puts every one on an even playing field, yet at the same time creates some very unique challenges.  “It is an odd race at a mile and a half. The riders aren’t used to riding it. I think you can get an unrealistic pace and not even realize it.  It would be easy to go too fast because you have a long way to go.  A jockey can hit the gas too early if you haven’t been here.”
 
“It is hard to finish strong in this race because by the time you turn for home everybody’s getting tired,” Romans elaborated. “This kind of plays against what we want to do naturally, but if they are going slowly my horse will be in the top 3 at the mile poll and if they are going too fast they will back up anyway.”
 
“I’ll Have Another will get the first run and we will have to run him down. He will be running fast at the end and hopefully we will be running a little faster.”
 
Romans pointed out that the Belmont is not a two horse race. “I think Paynter is kind of a key to the race, on how fast he wants to go early. If we let him go too long he just might keep right on going. He is very talented and he’s trained by a Hall of Famer (Bob Baffert) who knows how to win every race. He worries me a little bit.”
 
When asked if he would have any qualms about spoiling a Triple Crown bid, Romans joked, “None at all. I’d like to have 120,000 people booing me on the way out.”
 
He ended our conversation by saying, “If he (I’ll Have Another) is a super horse and wins the Triple Crown then I’ll be the first to congratulate him, but we are going to make him earn it.”
 
 
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Dullahan's stride seems to be well suited to turf. He lifts his knees up higher which could waste some of his energy. But I will not overlook him.
this guy is a complete knucklehad I'll Have Another will not run out front! He is going to close on whoever is!
  • Horsefan90 · He'll only run in front if the pace is crawling. If the pace is quick, then he'll run close to the pace. · 764 days ago
IHA 9/5 wouldn't go lower UR 7/2 Dull 4/1 Pay 4/1 TEMPTING
I meant Dirt*
The Belmont Dirty is going to play a big factor on Dullahan. Not sure if he is up for it but I won't rule him out.
Dullahan is the horse I'll Have Another is Going to have to beat and anyone dissing this horse off is foolish. He is plenty fast. This is going to be a Joackey Race. Belmont always is. You can have all the horse you want under you but if the Guy at the controls makes a mistake it is over!
Court Vision has a burst of speed. Miedsque had one too...we are talking about 24 second final fractions not the plodding of a 27 when the rest of the fielld is finishiing in 28 or 29
  • El Kabong · Vic, it's ok to deceive yourself but I don't know how you get your 27. I got Dullahan 6 off Bodemiester,1:35 mile that means 136.1 Finishing up 1.5 lengths behind a winning time of 201.4. That puts him coming home at 25 and 4. Most Belmonts come home around 25 and change so while I'm not going to say anyone is going to be bursting home, I think Dullahan is plenty fast. I'm astounded at how many people on this site go out of there way to dismiss this horse. He's the only one in this field who has a snowballs chance of ruining this party, and it would matter if they were running on quicksand. He's fit. Take a real good look at that last work and the comments that went with it. · 764 days ago
Nope.... $10 SHOW and i.m being generous-
He has a chance, but the only reason he ran well at Churchill Downs is because that surface is kind to turf horses which is what Dullahan is, a turf/synthetic horse.
Only two wins and both on Poly. No Way !!!
He can ... but there's another horse who is a little bit better ... I hope that one wins.
burst of speed???
i don't think Dullahan is is plodder,he has a burst like turf runner and i think he wins it
Dullahan ran a terrific racein the Bluegrass Stakes. He ran another terrific race in the Derby, considering the trouble he had. H should have a clean trip in the Belmont with a clear shot to win it. Is he good enough? We'll see.
I like Mr. Roman's view at the end. As much as I want to see a Triple Crown Winner, he has to earn it, and Dullahan is just the horse to do that.

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