I guess Upstart's win just flatters Texas Red alittle bit more...very interested to see if he's progressed in the 3 months since the Breeder's Cup.
If Texas Red stays healthy, I think he wins the derby. I know it's early, but he's my horse. The only other horse that's really impressed me so far is Firing Line, to an extent.
Mallios, before Chrome, how many Cali horses won the KY derby? Most of us still felt he was the best horse going into KY Derby, not letting history deter us. I agree with you, that typically a strong two year old or BC Juv winner is the kiss of death, but look at the last bunch of Breeders Cup Juv winners. It was obviously they were distance challenged and had NO SHOT at the KY derby. Shanghai Bobby, Hansen, New Years Day, Vale of York? lol Time will tell
Managed to find video of his last work. Go to the 4:55 mark to see the full work. Firing Line is working fast on the inside, and when he passes Red, Red suddenly takes off and passes him. Texas Red doesn't like to be passed. It's this type of attitude that can frequently indicate something special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_W-QupAW5I
I am really keying Sky Treasure here. Huge (hopefully) odds, best speed figures, the only question is going downhill. Heat trap will be there, and so should Velvet Mesquite.Shrinking Violet is an interesting play too.Mary, that was an AWFUL ride for Dynamic Sky yesterday! Should've at least been 3rd or better, I have no idea what Nakatani was doing there.
Perfect setup or not, what Texas Red did in the Juvenile was impressive. I normally don't pay much attention to 2-year old races, but when a horse crushes the BC JUV like that, you have to take notice. Far and away my top Derby contender, just hope he can stay healthy. Also like their planned Fairgrounds derby route too.
My pick for the Remsen...should at least get a price!
I think it's a bit harsh to say his owners are nuts. First, it's far official that Chrome 'loves' Churchill Downs. Granted he won the biggest race there, but it was one race, in what was historically a very slow time (not saying the track didn't dry out, but the time is what it is). If there is any track he loves, it's Santa Anita. They really didn't want to run him again this year, but the opportunity presented itself to try the turf, not have to ship out of state, and have a lower risk G1 than the Clark. Cut the owners a break, they are Mom and Pop people, and give them credit, they didn't retire Chrome after the triple crown like most other groups would have done (or even after the Breeders' Cup for that matter).
I agree with you, and would love to see them do this. I could see Shared Belief being shipped over, but I'm not sure about Chrome. Originally they talked about shipping him to Japan in December for the $2 million Cup race there because I think they get a nice appearance bonus. Not sure if they are still considering that race?
Mallios, I put alot of thought into my comments before i post them. I don't use language or post wildly like others on here. I would think my posts have a decent amount of credibility towards them, hence the 7 likes my post has had.
FUNNY thing is i emailed rafi and the others as we were talking about the races and Vyjack last week. And we all said the same thing we're saying now, BEFORE THE RACE. Everyone sees it from a mile away, how come the owners and connections can't??
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