Princess all the way for this one. I love Beholder, but Santa Anita simply wasn't fair this year. She did more, winning major races from 8.5 to 10 furlongs. Beholder can't even get a mile and a quarter. The choice is obvious.
That being said, I'm rooting for Princess. We Pennsylvanians gotta stick together :).
Why has everybody suddenly forgotten about Palace Malice? If those three lose their races but PM wins the Classic, then he would be a fair choice.
Sir Barton and Colin are both vastly underrated despite the former being a Triple Crown Winner and the other never lost.
I'm not entirely convinced he has the raw talent. However, I like that he fights back when challenged. I look forward to seeing him on the first Saturday in May.
I agree that Shack and Paynter should be on this list. If they were, I'd choose Paynter. But since they aren't, I have to go with IHA. I'm a quiet spectator; I don't generally jump up and down and scream during a race. But I did for IHA's derby and preakness; he certainly captured my imagination like no other.
I never jumped off the GOD bandwagon. I've always enjoyed seeing him run, and I can't wait for next year!
I know it's too early to smell the roses, but I love the fact that he's out of a mare by Arch; it worked this year!
All that I can remember about this horse is that he had a gutsy win earlier this year.
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