I see this one as similar to 2013's Itsmyluckyday. Lots of heart, good speed and if conditions are right don't underestimate him. There would have to be a strong speed bias for me to play this one at CD in May. Surprising fact you shared is the sires the 19% win rate on poly. Looks like more of a Kings Bishop type than Travers type to me.
Tmallios - Laurie's assessment of Almost Famous was not trashing the horse. It was one astute person's view. Our sport is based on this difference of opinion. I must say I simply love when writers use humor. We can read stale writing all day long at the DRF. An occassional one liner works well. Almost Famous is talented. I played him in the last race. His dam could run being genuine as the day is long. We will see who is right at least on the FOY Saturday. You will get a nice price on AF if you are right.
I thought the brushing of TB and Commish was inconsequential to the outcome. Both animals had a 1/16th to kick on. Commish was the best late and on gallop out. TB then crushed a bad field next out. On paper it looks like a very quick pace. If Almost Famous tries to out leave this bunch he will pay for it. The Swale Stakes at 7F and not the FLA Derby is a likely race for AF.
Wow, this topic is a lightning rod. Passsionate folks disagreeing is fun to follow. The KY Derby is a tough read each year whether you rely on Reines, Dosage, trainers, jockeys, speed, or simply pray for Rain. I hit the winner about as often as Haley's Comet passes. Anybody Know when Aristides i supposed to run back?
I hope this list does not grow. Unfortunately each year so many are injured or worse. The pursuit of the TC seems to be too much for so many of these fine animals. The stark reality of that fact dampens my enthusiam for the Derby and Preakness.
Retiring? This guy has the "Brett Favre" syndrome. Nice touch from Pat V. with with your agent - text, no phone call or man to man.
Winners for me in the Holy Bull were Cairo Prince, Conquest Titan and Almost Famous. AF took pressure thru 1:10 and was there reasonably inside last 1/16th. Not beating winner but deceptively good performance. CT made wide run from what seemed like another zip code. Fast pace and tiring horses assisted him a bit. Hats off to the Prince on this day.
Agree that Wise Dan is an amazing horse. I hope the connections ramp up the intensity of the campaign in 2014. A horse this special might want to swing for the fences and not take stand up doubles like he did in 2013.
I wonder if this will be anothe Baffert "hype and bust type". Every year we have 3-4 of his barn get loads of attention. Lately they fizzle more than sizzle in Louisville. Definitely has potential though. I hope he is ready for a steady serries of 1:11 - 1:12 workouts. I am expecting something to surface out of GP MSW's shortly and be a real runner. Shared Belief is leader in the clubhouse at this point but for how long?
I think Wise Dan opened up an insurmountable lead at the eighth pole with WTC not getting there in time. He probably wins the gallop out but not the race Brian.
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