I'm not really surprised. The timing suggests a "coming full circle" thought process. Rachel Alexandra is given her place in the Hall of Fame and her only daughter will take over, hopefully, to continue the legacy through breeding. I wish Rachel V. health and success as a broodmare.
I saw the Grening tweet about the work today and the probability that Ex would not run in the Jim Dandy. He's had 2 slowish works and 1 fast work since the Belmont; but without actually seeing the "fast" one, a bullet, I can't really know what the clockers meant about not being visually impressive. In one still photo I see of him this A.M., he looks a bit hot, but who knows what that means. He did win the Saratoga Special last year on August 16th, so he has handled the track during summer conditions previously. I imagine Keith is disappointed, and removing Ex from the JD is logical. Maybe they need to do some diagnostic work if not done after the Belmont. (Bone bruising, etc.)
Per DRF Grening the field for the CCAO will be 1. Songbird 2. Carina Mia 3. Flora Dora 4. Weep No More 5. Mo d' Amour. https://twitter.com/DRFGrening?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Both Tim Wilkin (Times Union) and Matt Shifman/AndyScoggin are saying Mo d' Amour is expected to enter. Are you seeing something officially different?
I think both horses drew well considering their usual running style(s). :)
A stunningly tragic situation. May everyone connected to Monique and the colt find peace eventually.
It was on DRF Privman's twitter within the past hour or so. I'm not sure if a longer story will be forthcoming. https://twitter.com/drfprivman?lang=en
Okay, Pebbles, are you out there? I found the Trakus chart for the Belmont, but had to go through so many layers of "stuff" that I'm not sure how I did it or if the link will work. (Seriously.) IF the link works, go to the drop-down box where it says "Race Summary" at the top, right side; drop down to 1 1/2 mile finish and click; the final distances, speeds, etc. will appear. https://tnetwork.trakus.com/tnet/t_NYRA.aspx
No one will know until the post positions are drawn; this was released by Del Mar and is reposted by several DRF writers this A.M.
Weights for the San Diego next Saturday are out. Chrome assigned 126 lbs.; Dortmund 121 lbs.; Hoppertunity and others 119 lbs.; Dalmore 113 lbs.; and Arrogate assigned the least at 111 lbs. This chart shows each of the other assignments as well. https://www.dmtc.com/horsemen/nominations/6HW
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