Obviously Mr. Speaker is a top class three year old. The
problem is the Travers is run on dirt not grass. The connections have every
right to take another shot on the dirt even though the first effort at GP was
not up to his normal runs. Excuses were
made about the ride that day. Generally every turf horse that runs poorly on
dirt gets a few excuses. The prospect of
a seven figure purse will drive you to rationalize anything. Who knows really
but Shug, who is a master, thinks Speaker will dirt in the afternoon. If he
doesn’t they still have an animal with a ton of ability that can then focus solely
on grass racing. I usually view dirt and turf ability as mutually exclusive at
the elite level of racing. I hope I am wrong and Mr. Speaker does a lot of talking
in the Travers.
I could not tell if Dixie Twist won it late at WO or the other fillies gave it away. Yes, we will see some nice 2 year olds over the next couple of months. Competitive Edge was by far the most impressive I have seen. He is and was no secret but I can't bet at 2-5 next out. Just watching and enjoying.
Has any other large race day had such a run of DQ's. Seems as soon as they cross the finish line the tote board lights are blinking.
An efficient rabbit does not run off alone in a 21/45 and
change splits. He pushes the pace of the lone F target building momentum to a point that they eventually weaken weaken from pressured company. It can work but is not fool proof. East coast route turf racing could use some efficient rabbits. I am tired of seeing 49/50 second half miles in turf stakes races. Bugs
Bunny what are you doing on Saturday afternoons?
Marquee day for sure however AP is now simply a second tier meet and still falling. The decline while predictable is sad.
This should be a good race. I am hoping Parranda handles the Poly. She is such a honest mare.
I realize this race was turf but does anyone know the recent record of Delaware Park shippers into MTH. It really seems that Larry Jones wins at high percentages at MTH when he ships in. Just wondering if the deeper DEL dirt surface sets horses up for good runs at MTH. I am glad Starstruck got the going she needs. This one was touted as graded quality early on. I jumped off her a while back parimutuelly but nice to see her run to her potential.
I was at SAR ths weekend. Competitive Edge looked much superior on the track. I expect his run to continue in next start at minscule odds. Most impressive horse I saw relative to his field over the four days I was there. There were some good colts in this field.
It seems a lot of early pace is entered. I consider MTH to be the equivalent of Daytona. Speed carries there for 500 miles and at MTH it can certainly carry for 9F. Will Social Inclusion blow out in 33 and change again for a big race?
Nice winner Laura at Belmont $10.40! Cool Comfort ran well
behind for second. This Kiddie List will be even more helpful when the loaded
MSW’s start soon at SAR and Del Mar.
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