A really nice looking son of War Front out of an Unbridled's Song mare, War Disaptach has compiled quite a creditable of record of 5-4-1-0 with stakes wins on turf and polytrack in France, and given his pedigree I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out he could kick some butt on conventional dirt also. His only loss to date was a 1/2 length defeat to the still unbeaten Full Mast who was the controversial winner of the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day when Gleneagles was DQ'd. Nearly all of the race replays for War Dispatch can be seen on his profile page on this web-site, so check him out. I like his chances to run big at a tempting price in the upcoming G1 Prix Du Jockey Club.
I think we could see the horses who ran well in the Godolphin Mile over in Dubai, particularly Tamarkuz, run really well in the Met Mile because that new dirt track at Meydan is very heavily sand based and they don't call Belmont Park "big sandy" for nothing. Though the distance is a question mark for him, this may also be a track we see Mubtaahij fair better over than he did at Churchill Downs for the same reason.
When all was said and done and the Epsom Derby field was cut to 17 horses today, neither John F Kennedy or Ol' Man River, who both tanked badly recently in the G2 Dante Stakes at York, were left in the mix for trainer Aidan O'Brien. Ballydoyle have 4 horses left entered for Epsom at present which are Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro, Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, Giovanni Canaletto who trials on Sunday in the G3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on the Irish 1000 Guineas & Tattersalls Gold Cup under-card, and English 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, who O'Brien already said post- English Guineas was more likely to stay at a mile for the Irish 2000 Guineas and/or the St James's Palace Stakes.
I'm not suggesting AP will lose, but what I am suggesting is that with the way he likes to bounce out of the gate quickly and run right right up on or make his own pace, it's not unthinkable that AP could get tired in that really long Belmont stretch and another horse who has set back and waited patientily for the front end to fall apart could be there to pick up the pieces right at the end. I hope it doesn't happen and I don't want it happen. I, like every other race fan who's waited for years want to see another Triple Crown winner in my lifetime. I'm just not foolish enough to think it's completely out of the realm of possiblity that 12f could prove to be a trip too far for AP. It's proven a trip too far for a lot of other very good horses over the years.
In my mind this really isn't rocket science. American Pharoah has already proven he's the cream of the 3YO crop. He's already faced the best of the 3YO division and beaten them, a lot of them pretty soundly. The bottom line is if AP stays a sound 12f trip and doesn't fizzle out coming down that long, forever stretch at big sandy in the Belmont Stakes then we finally have ourselves that Triple Crown winner that's eluded us for so long. At this point stamina would be the only thing that could potentially desert AP because his class sure won't, IMHO.
From the Racing Post.com web-site: Godolphin have bought a share in leading Epsom Derby hopeful Jack Hobbs who recently finished 2nd in the G2 Dante Stakes at York. He will race in the Godolphin blue silks in this year's G1 Epsom Derby and will remain in training with current trainer John Gosden.
The Breeders Cup Mile winner missed the G1 Lockinge Stakes last weekend due to a foot issue and it now appears unlikely that Karakontie will be at Royal-Ascot for the G1 Queen Anne Stakes either. Niarchos Family racing manager Alan Cooper told the media today from Longchamp, "It's unlikely Karakontie will be at Royal-Ascot because we intend to give him plenty of time to return to pick fitness. With next month's big meeting off the table we're now looking at his next big race being the G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August with a prep race before."
From the Racing Post.com web-site about an hour ago: Multiple G1 winning sprinter, Rocket Man, is poised to make a shock return to the racetrack more than 3 years since his supposed retirement. One of Singapore's greatest sprinters, the now 9YO is closing in a return to competitive action and connections have not ruled out a tilt in the Breeders Cup in October if all goes to plan. Rocket Man owner Alfredo Crabbia said, "He needs a swan song. He looks like a 4YO and has never been better." Crabbia had hoped to bring Rocket Man back in time for yesterday's G1 Krisflyer International Sprint but said he just simply ran out of time in getting Rocket Man prepared for a race of that magnitude. Regardless of when he races, I've always enjoyed watching Rocket Man in 1000 & 1200 meters sprints and it would be fantastic to see him at Keenland in October in this year's BC Turf Sprint, IMO.
After knocking heads and defeating Brown Panther over 14f at York in the G2 Yorkshire Cup, Sir Michael Stoute told the Racing Post that Snow Sky would not run against Brown Panther again at Ascot in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup because he wasn't sure Snow Sky would stay the grueling 2-1/2 miles. However, Stoute did say he thinks Snow Sky may be able to get a 2 mile trip and has gotten the blessing of Prince Khalid Abdullah to take him to Flemington in November to run in the G1 Melbourne Cup. I'm just speculating, but maybe some more 1-3/4 to 2 mile targets likes the Goodwood Cup, Lonsdale Cup, and/or Irish St Leger might by some possible future targets for Snow Sky on the way to Flemington.
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