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2010 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1)

6/12/2010, Churchill Downs
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
4+ M
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Watching the replay of the Stephen Foster Handicap again. I think Javier Castellono put the whip away too early on Battle Plan. He got out on the lead in the stretch, and I believe Castellono thought he'd be able to hand ride Battle Plan from there and cruise on home. Castellono certainly didn't realize that Blame was flying at him late the way he was. Because by the time Castellono grabbed his whip and started using again on Battle Plan, it was too late. Blame was already by him, and under the wire. JMO.
That's 6 wins and 1 place effort in 7 lifetime starts over conventional dirt now for Blame. He's also proven he can win against Grade 1 company with his fantastic run in the Stephen Foster Handicap. I don't know about the rest of America's racing fans? But the prospect of a Quality Road vs. Blame match-up, over conventional dirt, seems like an awfully appealing race at this point in the 2010 racing season. Since Todd Pletcher had stated publicly that Quality Road will go to Saratoga this summer to race in both the Whitney Handicap and the Woodward Stakes. I think a race with both horses in the field in either one of these two races would make for an exciting race. I think it's more likely, if Blame's connections were to send him to Saratoga to race Quality Road, that the two would meet in the Whitney Handicap, more than the Woodward Stakes. Because likely Quality Road would have to give Blame at least a couple of pounds in the handicap division. But I think these two horses going at each other on dirt would make for as an exciting of a race as any other potential match-up right now in racing. JMO.

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