Is it safe to say that Upstart will be in the Haskell instead of this race? Seems that the connections for Competitive Edge are mulling over the same scenario. Is Tekton running in here, Curlin stakes or WV Derby? I like Japan but if one or both or all three of the aforementioned defects to the Haskell or another race, it looks like a four horse field which means that the only true longshot will be Frammento. There would absolutely be no real pace if all three decide to run elsewhere. Interesting situation.
I'm going with Page McKenney, Freestyler and defending champ Carve. PM has been running well in graded stakes company in the last three and he is due for a win. Freestyler is on a roll (in opt claiming ranks) and is stepping up in class. I like P. Lopez on him and sometimes these geldings get better with age and this might be one of them. Carve hasn't won since his 2015 debut race and has run against solid opposition (streaking Race Day, etc) He has a win on the track and with a jockey change to the hustling J. Court and a slight drop in class, he might get his second win of 2015.
Leaning towards Barbados and Victory is Sweet. Can't ignore March in here but not sure if 6 1/2 might just a bit short for him. Need to at least keep in the exotics.
Iron Fist is improving and M. Smith riding him in here is a plus but I'm leaning towards the other improving horse, Bent On Bourbon, who made me some money in the Iowa Derby. Depending on which Pletcher horse runs in this, if any, I'd add them as well.
I like the two I's...up and comer Innovation Economy and the classy veteran Imagining.
Another competitive sprint stakes race...at first glance leaning towards Salutos Amigos (besides his Dubai run, he's been unbeatable since last fall and runs well for C. Velasquez), Rock Fall (just seems to be getting better as the competition gets better) and Favorite Tale (his last win was nice and he might finally be getting healthy at the right time)....curious to see the ml odds for the field.
Now that's a road trip I wouldn't mind joining! Safe travels!
Curious to see who's actually going to run in this versus WV Derby (Stanford, Tommy Macho and Tekton all cross entered) and Haskell (Tekton also nominated).
Good race to watch. Too bad my pick came in third. Shaman Ghost ran another solid race. Breaking Lucky made a nice sweeping run to grind it out for the win. Dirt seems to be his liking.
According to DRF.com Tommy Macho is the likely sole Pletcher runner in this race...so with Stanford out and Tekton possibly running in the WV Derby...looks like a small field of 5 with Tommy Macho and Smart Transition being the favorites. Can anyone confirm if Tekton will be running the Curlin Stakes or WV Derby? Thanks!
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