Sullivan, most likely my last post on HRN until after the Derby but I must say this. Schoolofhardrocks is absolutely 100% healthy. He had a slight problem with his ankle after his DelMar win. Thats it. No reason for anyone to make up stuff about a horses health when they have absolutely ZERO information to back it up. And with that, its Derby time. Good luck with the rest of the preps and with the big race itself. I'm out.
I hear ya Laz. But the thing is that we still dont know for sure if he doesnt really want to run on dirt and now its April. Can you imagine a trainer actually saying that his horse didnt like the track at all after the San Felipe and then saying in the same breath that Talamo is insisting they run him in the Santa Anita Derby and if the horse doesnt fair well AGAIN then they will look to the Preakness or Belmont!! Astonishing. The horse is 101% stamina, had no business devouring the field in his maiden at 8f, should have been sent right after his ankle healed out East and tried a real prep that suited his style. Believe me, they botched up yet another potential superstar.
Laz, Schoolofhardrocks is perfectly healthy and one of the best looking thoroughbreds out there. Full of muscle. Hoffmans even said after the San Felipe that School hated the track but Talamo convinced him to run the horse in this race. They forced him to change his style of running to suit the track. Whats worse is that Hoffmans said last week they will look at either the Preakness or the Belmont. They have no freakin clue what this horse is all about. If they put him in the Preakness he's finished. They totally wrecked this guys chances.
I have absolutely no idea what the heck you are talking about Mary. I just asked Sully a question. Had nothing to do with you.
Actually Verrazano was undefeated going into the Derby. My point is that I have been saying that this year holds a crop of some serious horses. They are extremely talented. California Chrome is fantastic no doubt about it. But we have no clue how the track at Churchill will be, no clue who gets boxed in, bumped, pulled back, bad trip etc. My point being is that different tracks will produce different times, different speeds and it is not the same at Churchill at all.
If you dont mind me asking you, what is your number one thing that you look at when handicapping a big race?
One thing I do notice is that you dont care who the favorite is and you just go for it. I think its very cool.
Sullivan keep in mind the tracks that these guys are performing on. Its apples and oranges. Also, a slamming performance in a prep doesnt mean much when the gates open in May or any other time for that matter. I recall one of the greatest performance I ever saw last year in the Haskell. Verrazano was spectacular before that race and for several minutes afterwards, then, poof. Nothing. There is a strong possibility that the winner of the Derby this year is still underwraps.
Yes, it was your post I read. Great call on that one. I have noticed that you have been very consistent this prep season. Hats off to ya!
Hey Sully, was it you last week who picked Wicked Strong to win the Wood last week?
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