I was born and raised in NY, and I've seen lots of closers win at Belmont. That long stretch run sets up perfectly for a closer.
You can throw Rousing Sermon out for sure, along with Mark Valaeski, and I think Union Rags. Alpha isn't going to win it for sure...so that leaves us with IHA and Dullahan, and that is where it gets interesting.
I think I put little credence in what Andy Beyer thinks. That being said, I'll Have Another got a great deal of racing luck, and Bodemeister should not have run as fast as he did with Trinninberg (who obviously was going to fade). If the race had been a couple furlongs longer we would have been celebrating a win by Dullahan, but Desormeaux didn't turn him lose fast enough. I didn't hve I'll Have Another on my ticket, but I did have the other three, which amounted to 0 winnings. I don't think there is a chance of a repeat in the Preakness, but I've been wrong before. I do know after the TC Doug Neil is going to be suspended for Milikshaking horses, so you have to wonder about his integrity for sure (along with a lot of other trainers), but it looks bad right now while the TC is being run. I just wish good good luck to all the horses and jockeys and that they come home safely.
Strangely, Grindstone had 5 races before the Kentucky Derby, and he won easily.
For those of you that say Bodemeister has not raced enough...go back in time to Grindstone. He had 5 races before the Kentucky Derby and he won handily under Jerry Bailey. Nothing is impossible.
He can't get the distance. Few of these horses truly can...but the ones that can...I hope I get juicy prices.
Sorry, my mistake, Gomez is on Daddy Nose Best.
Ramon is on Daddy Nose Best. That's official.
Union Rags is a joke.
Wow, can't imagine tossing Dullahan or Secret Circle.
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