My picks: 1st-Maurice 2nd-Secret Weapon 3rd-Queens Ring 4th-Undecided between Designs On Rome/A Shin Hikari.
My picks: 1st-Sun Jewellery 2nd-Beauty Only 3rd-Able Friend 4th-Satono Aladdin.
My picks: 1st-Lucky Bubbles 2nd-Red Falx 3rd-Aerovelocity 4th-Not Listenin'tome.
My picks: 1st-Highland Reel 2nd-Big Orange 3rd-Silverwave 4th-Nuovo Record.
Sound like a pretty solid bet to me too.
@BobHayes22, Highland Reel isn't gonna run in the Pegasus. He just simply isn't. He's bred for the turf and that's where Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien intend to keep him. He's defending his Hong Kong Vase crown at Sha Tin on December 11th, and then I think it's very likely he'll follow the same itinerary he did a year ago, which is to return to Ireland until March, when he'll likely go back to Meydan to run in the Dubai Sheema Classic again. Found was the horse initially that Aidan O'Brien was talking about sending to Gulfstream for the Pegasus, which is why they considered running her in the BC Classic before settling on the BC Turf. Now that she's retired I'm not sure if Coolmore have any of their horses in mind for the race, unless it's one already based in the states?
At 7f or a mile, Black Caviar would've been little more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. She was a fantastic race-mare, but Frankel was like watching one of the old American muscle cars from the 1960's with nitrous boosters. Once Queally ask him for run it was blast off.
Love The Pizza Man, but he doesn't handle conventional dirt well enough to beat a horse like Chrome or Arrogate, if Baffert sends him?
Breeders Cup Turf winner, Highland Reel, draws PP #10 of 14 in Sunday's G1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. A wide draw is probably not as big a deal in the Vase as it would be in the other shorter races though, because Highland Reel was drawn even wider at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup Turf, PP #12 if memory serves.
Maybe it's just my perception, but it doesn't really seem like the connections of top international horses anywhere are falling all over themselves to line up for this race, outside of the obvious ones in the states that you'd expect to be seen pointed at the Pegasus. This race may end up being little more than a watered down version of the Breeders Cup Classic, only not even at the classic trip of 10f and with a payday on steroids. When it's all said and done, it'll probably end up not really drawing the level of competition expected and end up being easy pickings for one horse, IMO.
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