Shared Belief has abdicated the spot by not having won in 6 months. If the wounded warriors are included, the Wise Dan tops him.
I would have to go with Texas Red.
Maybe the reason he hasn't been tested is because his is head and shoulders better than the opposition. He wasn't even that tested in the KY Derby, other than the severe beating he took at the hands of Espinoza.
I wish people would quit using the term "hater" for people who merely disagree with the premise offered.
Especially when Ebouissante and Mr Besilu should have tempered expectations significantly. The AP Indy/Bernardini cross with that female line has been extremely disappointing, even if extremely profitable to their breeders.
Both the Medaglia d'Oro colt (the winner, Tried and True) and the Blame colt ran very well without the assistance of either Lasix or Bute.
Agreed. He was where he should have been, just got beat. Not impatient, just faced better horses on the day.
The jockey has to decide ( a) if it is a good time to let him go and (b) if it is possible to stop him if (a) is no.
Many handicappers seem to be under the impression horses are machines who are eager and able go, corner, and stop at the jockey's least command at any point in a race. Fighting a horse unwilling to rate uses not just the jockey's strength, but the horse's too, and may diminish its willingness to run later if asked.
These Triple Crown prep races are being run by young, fairly inexperienced race horses, and what this writer calls impatience is often just the jockey getting out of his horse's way.
So Frosted went to the lead early. Who is to say he would have the closing kick to match Upstart's if asked late?
Odd to disparage Dortmund, because his dam's grandsire was Storm Cat, whose offspring supposedly can't get 10 furlongs, but ignore her sire, Tale of the Cat sire Gio Ponti and others.
Unlike Mr Z who hasn't won for some time, Dortmund has shown the bottom to battle and win.
I would expect more interest from Europeans in the Turf next year when it is off the concrete of Santa Anita.
If they win, they still won't have matched Goldakova, as she didn't win hers on the same track. Back when Breeders Cup were rotated around different tracks, horses who preferred one track weren't given a career advantage.
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