Shouldn't the east coast horses come to him due to the fact the east coast has been frozen over all year. I still don't get the hate. there have been really only 2 big races for 3+ males on dirt. the Donn and the san Antonio. The San Antonio was by far the tougher race. Constitution looked good but in Nov. was beat handily in the Clark by Hopportunity, who was smoked by Shared belief and Chrome in the SA
still should be easy enough if ocho is the real deal, 20 more points for 2nd gets him in for sure. 10 pts for 3rd gives him 20 pts and that should be close enough with 1 more prep. im glad its a solid field, cant wait until Saturdays races
Not sure he has to prove anything, he already did. Lets not get confused, its not the horses fault that all other horses skipped this race.
Id call it the 2nd best prep of the DAY afetr the San Filipe! LOL. They both look pretty good.
Nobody got this upset when Game on Dude won a handful of G1's that were "walks in the park" and won about $5,000,000 in purse money in SoCal.
I almost never look at final times. It really means nothing, unless it is blistering fast. When I explain this to people new to the game I always used a horse like zenyatta, a true closer. A closer that noses out another horse has nothing to do with the final time. All that horse is doing is gauging the last 1/8th or 1/16th. My concern with Upstart was his irratic path down the stretch. He wont be able to get away with that on May 2nd. As for Itsaknockout, he progressed off his last race, if he keeps improving, watch out, he too will be a serious contender.
i dont think so, something obviously went wrong.
why does this horse continue to run in stakes races that have no derby points. Interesting path to the derby if thats the goal
Your comparing apples and oranges. A 1 mile race for milers and routers building up distance stamina for the season, and a 10 furlong race are 2 completely different races. There are only a handful of horses that are G1 caliber horses that can go a mile and a quarter. I agree the field is not that great but that’s Cali racing. That’s why horses like game on Dude dominate in Cali and then lay an egg in the BC Classic. It’s a logistic issue. If the other good Cali horses weren’t pointed to the World Cup, there might be a couple more good horses in the race.
Who could run against him? Hoppertunity, if you saw the last race something was amiss. Honor code returning in 8F at Gulfstream. Palace Malice, not ready yet. Chrome and Tonelist (Lea and Bayern maybe) World Cup. I agree its week but not a lot of action in Feb.
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