It was just reported by DRF that he runs in the Haskell and yep you guessed it, there's a good chance of rain.
Beholder won the Pacific Classic last year off a 3 week turnaround.
Who do I hate and why am I bitter? I've never ripped up a ticket because Dortmund won. As a matter of fact my first experience with Dortmund was as a single in the first leg of the pick 6 at Santa Anita the day after the 2014 Breeders' Cup.I remember because I lost the pick 6 in the last leg by a head.You are right though; There are a lot of homers here, not handicappers.
Really it's hard to say how good Dortmund actually is. None of the horses he beat en route to the Kentucky Derby in 2015 were a factor later in the year or this year in route stakes company, and with a clean trip and slow pace he was run down in the Kentucky Derby. The two listed stakes he won last year were against lower tier California horses. His hype doesn't match his resume at this point. It's an insult to compare him to California Chrome right now. California Chrome has accomplished a lot more on the race track. I'm not a "fan" of either but a fan of the facts. If Dortmund can stay healthy for a few races, we'll actually see how good he is. Beating Prospect Park, Firing Line, Big Cazanova, etc. doesn't tell you much. The must see race is down the line, maybe the Pacific Classic or Breeders' Cup Classic. This is a "see where you are right now" type of race.
It was sarcasm. You're the biggest Dortmund homer on the internet. It's almost as if you're affiliated with the horse in some way, but it's the internet so anyone can pretend (or not pretend) to be who they want to be.
California Chrome is the better horse but they are both coming off layoffs and pointing to bigger things down the road. For those reasons this race really isn't a "showdown" but a warm up. The Pacific Classic, Awesome Again, and maybe the Breeders' Cup Classic will be the races where they might really get after it.
You taking Dortmund? I'm utterly shocked!!!
I think Flamboyant should be rated no lower than 3rd in the turf male rankings. He's having a career year. He won 2 grade 2 races in CA earlier this year (beating Obviously in one of those), then ran a very good 5th in Dubai, and then came back off a 3.5 month layoff Sunday to run within a length of Midnight Storm in the grade 1 Eddie Read. If he runs in the Arlington Million, he could surprise some.
I'd love to see Cupid shorten up a little and give 7f to a 8f races a try. I don't know if he has sprint speed but The Kings Bishop would be a great spot to give it a try.
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