How about, "Touched By a Saint"? (HdG's daddy being Saint Liam).
Stormin' Norman is ready to invade Aqueduct!
Castellano will stay with Normandy Invasion as long as the horse is doing well -- that's the agreement.
Chad Brown and Fox Hill Farm secure one of the best, Javier Castellano for Normandy Invasion in the Wood. Sounds like a great fit to me!
Looks like Rags will be going to a domestic buyer! Mrs. Wyeth wants him to stay where she can find him. Think they will probably be able to find a pretty lucrative deal in Kentucky. Besides his good looks and pedigree, he is the best son of Dixie Union and his only son to win at 12f. He is one of a very few in recent memory who as a precocious two-year old, won the Champagne and then came back at three to take the Belmont Stakes. Add to that his quality wins at distances ranging from 5 1/2f to 12f and you have a very appealing stud prospect indeed.
Problem with the Belmont, as Johnny V recently stated in an interview," these horses are being asked to go a distance they have never gone before and probably will never go again." So, his strategy was to save as much energy early in the race as possible with UR, not knowing for sure how he would handle the added distance. This meant staying by the rail when normally in a shorter-distanced race, Johnny would have most likely moved UR to the outside when he had the chance. I don't think you'd see the same strategy employed in a 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 race, which I now feel fairly confident that UR can handle and will becoming strong at the finish with a good trip and ride.
In the Kentucky Derby, given UR's running style and post position in the 20 horse field, it was all over for him after his slow start from the gate and being sandwiched in between horses. He had zero chance to win it after that. Since UR is usually quick from the gate and it was stressed just how important getting up toward the front would be in that race, the question is how much fault was the slow start caused by the jockey and how much due to UR? We'll never really know the answer to that question, but it was far from a stellar ride after the poor beginning and we saw Johnny V in the next race give Rags a perfect start, quick out of the gate!
I'm of the group who thinks he's still growing into that big body of his and getting used to it! I think he would most likely come back bigger, stronger and better as a 4 year-old. He is 2 for 4 races this year -- losing the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, and winning the FOY and the Belmont. He was only in 4 races this year.
Sorry for the misspelled words above, "explaining" and "doubt."
Tim, I think the kid on the block who was tricked was Leparoux. Add to that an unfavorable post for Rags in the Derby and that goes a long way in expaining his trouble. No dobt he is a horse that likes the outside and once you start him going, you don't want to have him be impeded, but he is always coming stronger than anyone at the end and has never been past in the stretch. IMO, he just needs not to be left with too much to do with too little time or opportunity to do it -- which was the case in both of his losses this year.
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