I can't express how happy I am for Clark. I was able to watch his emotional win at Keeneland, so seeing him get this HUGE win in the Oaks was the icing on the cake. Congratulations to a well deserving and appreciative jock!
lol this is the funniest thing I've read all week
Based on raw talent or likelihood of hitting the board? Maybe Materiality is more talented than Dortmund but I can't help but like that Dortmund is the more seasoned horse.
That being said, it's the Derby. There are so many other "unknowns" with distance, noise, track surface, pace scenarios, etc etc that any one of these horses could cave and Materiality is the real deal. Not arguing with you here, just curious about your reasoning.
Saw her last weekend In Chad's barn. She had just arrived in Kentucky with Stephanie's Kitten and they very fittingly have stalls next to each other. Absolutely beautiful filly.
It's a bit hard to see him behind that gate but here he is at the Phipps barn at Keeneland. Was a bit surprised to see that they had so much of their stable there, and even had a quick conversation with Shug himself. Top Billing looked very alert, though I was most impressed visually by Imagining.
Got a good look at him in the paddock today and have to say he looked dead fit. Really looked the part of an athlete. Might not make my derby top three but impressive nonetheless.
I'll be there this weekend so this kind of field helps make up for Beholder not making it in for the Madison. I started getting really excited when I saw all of the big name jockeys on the Friday card, and Saturday's entries do not disappoint!
Check out race 4 at keeneland. Allowance featuring big blue kitten, mr speaker, hyper, majestic harbor, guys reward, and war dancer.
I'll definitely be rooting for her, but my biggest concern is the potential set back if she doesn't come out of the race clean (gets bumped around, can't handle the pace, etc). She's not the best off layoffs so seeing her start off so well in her first race I was really hoping this would be the season she stays healthy and happy and can keep form until November. But I'm probably just worrying too much over her haha
I wish she wasn't. Might have a chance if Main Sequence isn't ready yet or off his game, but would much rather keep her against the girls where she has a very solid shot of being champion turf female this year. Would hate if this kind of race messed that up for her.
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