Thanks! I heard he is improving all the time. Scary! He does everything so perfectly and easily!
No, he sure looks like he will handle route races with that long stride of his, high cruising speed and strong gallop outs.
Jim, have you seen any of his works lately? Was wondering how you know he is working so easily? I agree with you, the sky is the limit if this guy handles 2-turns!
Bal a Bali will run in the American Stakes on May 9th, a one mile turf race at Santa Anita.
Kentuckian going to enter the 7f Barrera Stakes on May 10th at Santa Anita.
But, there would appear to be bigger fish to fry for this big, 2-turn colt. Even in defeat we learned he remains calm before a big race, battles on through adversity and belongs at the elite level of competition.
He is not a sprinter. He is a big, 2-turn colt -- at least according to all his connections. :)
Very poor ride by Bejarano, IMO. It looked like he could have done a John Velasquez move with Union Rags up the rail in the Belmont and coaxed the inexperienced Kentuckian through the small window. And, if not, just rate him behind the horse to his outside (Kentuckian has shown to be rateable) and just wait for the 60-1 shot to fall back. A big horse with a long stride like Kentuckian's, takes several strides to get into full-gear. So, when he does, it is disastrous to completely stop his stride and pull him back. In a sprint it all but ends any chance for the horse. In my mind, he would have gone on to win if the jockey had made the right move at that moment. Split second decisions are asked of these jockeys on a regular bases and the ones that come through most often in the clutch are money riders -- this was NOT one of those rides!
That's not what happened. The hard surface at SA was making it difficult for Kentuckian's quarter crack to heal when he trained over it, it was lingering -- hence, the move to GG for training. But he was working very fast over the SA track. One of his times was 34 and change for 3f.
Cassatt much the best in her first stakes test in the Monmouth Oaks. Should only improve from here!
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