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This is going to be a DIFFICULT decision , nearly the whole field could be in the BC Classic . This is 4 times bigger than the Haskell , over twice as big as the Belmont , and nearly 6 times bigger than the Preakness . As of the current field , order of finish , 1st - Honor Code 2nd - Tonalist 3rd - Palace Malice 4th - Effinex 5th - Normandy Invasion 6th - Noble Bird 7th - Liam's Map 8th - Lea 9th - Moreno 10th - V. E. Day
I totally agree with Meydan Rocks PM doesn't has the quickness to fleet foot it with AP all the way to the wire. I don't know if there's a word to describe it (second wind, stored energy, etc), but AP has the ability to kick free in the stretch and leave everyone behind. He had a hard time doing this in the Derby, but Victor ran him wide throughout the race (6,723 feet in distance). None the less, AP kicked “it” and crossed the finish line first. He’s the real deal.
What do you all think of Liams Maps chances?
With all the comparisons of Pharoah to the all time greats, I was curious about how far back one really needed to go to find a 3yo that would blow his doors off. I needed to go no further back than Easy Goer. A horse who consistently ran 120 speed figures. The fastest 121 in the Belmont and the fastest figure of any 2yo since their advent. His 2:26 was over a slow Belmont strip and his 1:32.2 Gotham blew away Secretariat's record. With all his deformities and imperfections, he was a true drug and medication free Champion from 6.5 to 12 furlongs. The more I remember horses like him the less I see grounds for comparison with today's horses.
Giant's Jewel and Lady Kreesa finished in a dead heat for fifth.
In this one, I like Unbridled Forever (maybe returning to one turn race will perk this one up for a win), You Bought Her (7F seems to be ideal distance for her and like Lezcano in the saddles) and Sugar Shock (solid 3 yr old season, hasn't shown much since return but with change in trainer and Bridgmohan on her might help. 20-1 odds doesn't hurt to take a shot in here).
I thought Tonalist would get the better of Honor Code in the Met Mile, but he fought valiantly in defeat even though HC was in a different time zone from the rest thanks to a pace setup and that one turn. This time... I'm not sure if I like either horse. Tonalist was solid at Saratoga last season, but each time Wicked Strong or V.E. Day (or both) got the better of him. I'm leaning toward Noble Bird, Effinex or Moreno. I see this race as a possible perfect set up for Noble Bird or Effinex, but it depends on how much pressure Moreno gets early. Huge fan of Tonalist and Honor Code, but from a practical stand point and from the way this division has been playing all season, my interest is elsewhere.
1st - UNBRIDLED FOREVER , my girl since the beginning of 2014. 2nd - Flattering Bea 3rd - Sweet Basil 4th - Expression
Listed as probable for the Whitney. I would love to see him put on a good race here. Although if PM runs he'll be my pick and rooting interest.
Honor Code is a one turn miler. New York bettors know that. He won't take as much money as you think in the mile and an eighth around two turns.
This race is shaping up as one of the better renditions in recent history. Honor Code in the race,presents great wagering opportunities. Coming off of arguably the most impressive (Visual/Speed figure ) race of the year. Honor Code figures to take alot of money at the windows,and more than likely go off as the wagering favorite. If one is a fan and is rooting for him,this should be an exciting race. But as one who is looking for an opportunity,to play against a favorite. This race is something that you must take advantage of. You see, Honor code has only run 1 race in his life to date. The Met is the only race that says he not only merits favoritism,but that he belongs with these horses. If one can draw a line thru his last race,Honor Code is one of the slowest horses in the field. Add to the negatives,his Foregoesque running style. The only time he ran a distance,they tried to change his running style. That was as a 2 year old in the Remsen. Although he won the race, it was far from an impressive performance. Although i am not from the state of Missouri. Honor Code will have to show me that the Met Mile is now the Rule,and not the exception. I at least,am willing to take the stance on Saturday. That he is not as good as the Met,and will be a vulnerable short priced horse.
I am by no means knocking the riding talent of John Valesquez as he has been one of the leading riders in the country for a number of years. But could it be that Untapable misses Rosie? There seemed to be a connection there that is lacking now.
  • Ruffianlover · I totally understand. She just doesn't seem like the same horse with the same fire as when Rosie was on her · 15 hours ago
I want to see Palace Malice come out of his next few races while running well and in the BCC hook American Pharoah and battle him right to the wire. Whether he would win or not who knows but of all horses, I want to see Palace Malice do it.
Starting early on stakes races this week. In this one, I like Unbridled Forever (maybe returning to one turn race will perk this one up for a win), You Bought Her (7F seems to be ideal distance for her and like Lezcano in the saddles) and Sugar Shock (solid 3 yr old season, hasn't shown much since return but with change in trainer and Bridgmohan on her might help. 20-1 odds doesn't hurt to take a shot in here).
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
Still have a major problem naming Sec the best of all time. He lost FOUR races to inferior horses at equal weights or actually getting 7 pounds in one of those losses. Man'O War, won 20 of 21. Native Dancer won 21 of 22. Kelso beat more Hall of Famers and Champion horses than any other thoroughbred in history.
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On August 2, Honor Code worked 4f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 50:22 (b) finishing 60/72.
One of my favorites.He was a beautiful white horse with a long white tail. I loved watching him run.He could sit on or near the lead or come from the back of the pack. He was arguably America's best turf horse for 2 years in the early 2000's. I think about him periodically, I just love those veteran turfers. Saw he didn't have any posts so figured I would show him some love
BREAKING NEWS: Sixty-five-year-old Michael W. Dickinson--the former British champion amateur jumps jockey-turned-professional trainer; he of multiple racing-related entries in the Guinness Book of World Records who quit training to spearhead a synthetic racing surface company--has announced a return to active training. Dickinson will train exclusively off his expansive 250-acre Tapeta Farm in the town of North East, Maryland. Nicknamed AChantilly of the Chesapeake,@ the centerpiece of the lush, grassy facility is Dickinson=s proprietary-formula synthetic training track that consists of Tapeta (Latin for Acarpet@) footing. Dickinson envisions between 20 and 30 horses will eventually be under his care as the sole trainer on the property, and he will target the top levels of U.S. racing. Dickinson last saddled a horse as a licensed trainer at Turfway Park on Dec. 8, 2007. Shortly thereafter, he retired from conditioning at the request of his wife, Joan Wakefield, so the two, in partnership, could grow the Tapeta Footings track surface business. Since then, they have traveled to 15 countries together--including Australia, Britain, Dubai, Syria, Morocco, Singapore and Japan--pitching, testing, and installing their synthetic surface, whose ever-evolving compositional recipe is now in its 10th iteration. Article on http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/pdf/tdn/tdn150804.pdf

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