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2010 Swale (G2)

3/20/2010, Gulfstream Park
7 f (Dirt)
3 M
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Boy, talk about a 2010 Kentucky Derby bettors dream come true. A horse that really loves conventional dirt, and knows how to win on it. D'Funnybone, IMO, just keeps improving race by race. He ran an outstanding 2nd in July in the Frank Gomez Stakes at Calder Race Course, just nipped at the wire by a flying Jackson Bend, during the period that Jackson Bend swept the 3-race Florida Stallion Series and was unbeatable at Calder. Then, he went to Santa Anita, where he clearly didn't like the synthetic main track there, finishing last of 13 in the B.C. Juvenile. But since coming back east, D'Funnybone has now, after today's win, won 4 different Stakes over 3 different conventional dirt tracks. Winning the Hutcheson and today's Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He won the Saratoga Special at Saratoga Racecourse, and he also won the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park. He really does look like an improving colt. That's a pretty nice resume' to be carrying with you into Churchill Downs in May. What I think is terrific about D'Funnybone is that one may still get him at a little bit of a price in the Kentucky Derby, with other 3yr.old colt's like Eskendereya, Lookin At Lucky, Rule, and Awesome Act carrying bigger reputations than D'Funnybone. He's not my top pick, but I'll probably certainly use him on an Across The Board ticket in the Kentucky Derby.
If D'Funnybone comes out of the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park this weekend with a win, that will more than convince me to use him with at least an "Across The Board" ticket in the 2010 Kentucky Derby for two reasons: 1. It would be his 4th Stakes victory at three different racetracks over conventional dirt, since finishing last of 13 on synthetics in the Breeders Cup Juvenile in November. 2. With several other "Big Name" competitors drawing most of the press attention right now, D'Funnybone may possibly go off at a little better of a price than, say, horses like Lookin At Lucky, Eskendereya, Rule, and Awesome Act. But it's hard to overlook having already won the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Saratoga Special at Saratoga racetrack, and The Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park. All three win's, D'Funnybone looked quite impressive to me in. TJMO.

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