The charts said that three horses came in contact with Marco Franco. It is so wonderful that he basically came away unscathed. My prayers are with him, and continue to be with the Saez family, and brothers Luis and Sebastian. In remembrance of Juan Saez.
I agree Ken. When you enter the kingdom of great, the only thing left to do, is build on your legacy. Take Rachel Alexandra, for example. In enhancing her legacy, she beat the boys that were her age, in the Preakness, with the jockey who won the Kentucky Derby on another horse(that horse finished behind her in the Preakness). She would then beat older boys in the Woodward. She was great, but then she expanded her horizons, and her legacy changed to legendary. AP is great. The possible small size of the Haskell field would indicate that the connections of the other 3YO's would avoid the 'dog-and-pony show'. His legacy can either be a Farewell Tour of a great one, or the further enhancement of a legend where he took on all comers. He came, he saw, he conquered.
I, too, wonder of his continued disappearance. Also, one that may have been under Mott's care?, was the winner of the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. I think his name was Dubai Sky?
Although it is mere coincidence, there have been two DQ's in the first three days in Graded stakes races. The beneficiary of both DQ's has been trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez. I think it was about 10 years ago, similar circumstances involved Bobby Frankel, on, or around, July 4th, where he won three stakes races across the country on the same day, two by DQ. When it's going right, everything is turning up roses. Larry Jones is a class act, so, congrats to Pletcher.
Two days in the books, and already a new track record. Several of the times posted in the first two days nearly equals last season's bests at respective distances. Looking at possible lightning-quick times this year, provided the rains aren't too prevalent.
Note of irony. They've had two turf races at Saratoga, and both winners were Santa Anita-imports. Shipping in from the west coast, and right in to the Winner's Circle. See if this trend stays true to form.
Just One Minute. Throw out last, due to difficulties(and greenness). Asmussen inherited this filly race-before-last. If the filly adapts to the new training techniques, the next stop will be greatness(wishful thinking at its best).
Haven't had much of a chance to closely look over this race, but, one stat that has caught my eye, is that Chad Brown-trained Sivoliere(FR) is making her third start off of a layoff, and Brown is 32% winner with 3rd race off of a layoff. Add to that 15-1 odds and throw in capable rider Jose Ortiz, could make for another enticing pick. I also like Partisan Politics(and Brown as well). Just not crazy about the 12 hole. Anyhow, Good luck on your picks.
Giggle,giggle. Tee-hee. You silly little goose. They all went to Mexico. Buenos dias got to go. Tengo que obedecer mi Corazon. They all went to Mexico. Bueno. Adios.
I think that once they got the desired workout(accomplished last time, maybe), then all they are doing is "stretching his legs", awaiting his next start. Not "pushing his button", but keeping his mind on the matter at hand.
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