The Boss gets to decide things like that. We're just waiting for him to tell us.
The little chestnut with the big heart made a lot of jaws drop January 4th when he rocketed from fifth to first in becoming the first US colt to win at a mile and an eighth while breaking his maiden over the Santa Anita sod. A late May foal, Metaboss burst on the Derby scene and within a few days had over 1000 likes on his FB page and was creating a buzz with his morning gallops. It will be interesting to see how this striking son of Street Boss handles the dirt, if and when his connections decide to try it.
That was his first time going two turns, first time shipping and first time being challenged. Andy I think he has got to be the early SA Derby favorite
I don't think the 7 & 8 posts will cause Bayern and Strong Mandate to have to send their horses. Ride On Curlin's trainer has said he wants Court to take him back and make on late run. I just cant conceive of Strong Mandate being able to even warm up Bayern. Bayern works out faster than Strong Mandate races. I think this will become a one horse race by the time they hit the lane, and can only hope that Conquest Titan passes the remainder late to get second
I think you may see Calvin's horse get no respect as Wildcat and General's riders will be more worried about saving as much horse as possible for the charge of Top Billing and Commish. So, they may look up and see while they were looking back on the final turn to locate those two, Calvin took off. I think sitting out since New Years will hurt General A-Rod and his trainer has said he has the races yet to come in mind, so I'd take a win play on Almost Famous, an exacta box with Commisioner, Top Billing and Wildcat, and a tri box with the 4 of them.
You make a good point about Castellano. I had presumed it was his choice to ride Wicked Strong, but he may not have had the option of riding the 1, even though he had two wins in two rides on him
This is the reply I gave in Homeless Handicappers, our FB handicapping group where you posted your article: n all major sports, the MVP is a popularity contest among those who can lay even a reasonable claim to the award, as are awards like Cy Young etc. I think horse racing, a sport desperate to even be noticed, should be thrilled to give an Eclipse Award to any horse in any division who can win over the hearts of the voters even if a totally analytical analysis would seem to render a different recipient. I am all for a horses popularity being as much a factor in the voting as where or not they lost one race by a hundreth of a second. Zenyatta did a hundred times more to benefit racing than Blame. She WAS the horse of that year, the year before and maybe even the year after she retired in the minds of the public, and really, thats all that matters.
He came back very heavy at Del Mar. I do not think Baffert has been able to train him the way he would like. Truth be told, I would love to see him sent to a top trainer back east. I do not know that his hooves can handle Bullet Bob's training style and the hard SA surface, and I don't think he likes poly.
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