Destin's issue in the Derby had less to do with distance and more to do with the fact that he entered off an 8 week layoff. For being off the longest out of any in the field, he ran a damn good race. Another prep in between Tampa and Kentucky would have moved him up, in my opinion.
I thought Exaggerator was nice before the Derby, but he outran my expectations in the Run for the Roses. Now I'm starting to get a really good feeling about him. I think he will continue to be a major player as we go through the year.
Sharp Azteca will not run in the Preakness Stakes but will target the Monmouth races, the Pegasus and Haskell Invitational, instead.
I think several publications did, but as you said, it's Derby week. ;-)
No. Rachel's Valentina would be the first daughter of a previous KY Oaks winner to win the Oaks herself should she win.
Songbird has returned to light training and jogged at Santa Anita on Sunday.
He might not have won from PP17, but Mr. Z had a huge impact from that post. If you watch the break and the run into the first turn, you can see how much Mr. Z helped American Pharoah get a good position heading into the turn.
Saying Rachel's Valentina came up empty at the wire is a bit of an overstatement, IMO. She was pulling away from Cathryn Sophia, and I don't think she ever saw Weep No More coming. As for Terra Promessa, she was her own worst enemy in the Fantasy. If she'd have relaxed, I don't think she would have had to be all out to win. With that being said, I do agree with you about Lewis Bay. She's a logical upset pick and will likely offer good value.
I hate to agree, but I think you're right.
Personally, I think Gun Runner stands a good chance of being in the mix in the stretch drive. His tactical speed will be a good quality to have this year.
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