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!
Hoping for Cassatt to explode on the scene with a big win in the 1 1/16th mile Grade III Monmouth Oaks on Saturday!
Exciting news! Fox Hill Farm and Siena Farm have purchased Brazilian TC winner, Bal a Bali! He will try dirt! Already eligible for the BC Turf.
By about 5 lengths, but pulling away with each stride, in hand. She looped the field 4-wide after spotting the field 3 lengths from the gate.
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