I wouldn't be at all surprised if he won but I really have no idea who I'm picking at the moment. Right now I'm deciding between Irish War Cry and Gunnevera but that could change. And no, I don't always pick the favorite as you can see from the chart in the main article. I was on War Emblem and overall my ROI is pretty good if you ask me. Care to enlighten us as to your record and whether it's any better?
It is really interesting to look back years and years ago and see who the top choices were. With the benefit of hindsight we often seem pretty silly! Pants on Fire, Favorite Trick, Dollar Bill, Saarland? Sweetnorthernsaint over Barbaro? Friesan Fire at less than 4-1?
1999 was actually a Baffert entry: Excellent Meeting, General Challenge, and Prime Timber (4th).
If the horse is never blowing it means he's not trying very hard (as Zayas says). Not encouraging from the standpoint of the exercise increasing his fitness. But he's demonstrated his late kick in all his route races so far and I'm sure we'll see it again in the Derby.
I have to wonder about the impact of the foal crop contraction; a third less horses means the best horse in each crop will have fewer competitors around who are gonna be near their level at any stage of their career, so they will win races even when they have off days because there is less chance of someone else who has enough talent being there to capitalize on the opportunity.
Because he has no respect for the animals as individuals or athletes, only the betting opportunities they provide.
Hence won't be a longshot - the way everybody and their mothers have been talking about him the last couple weeks, I would be surprised if he's not in the top 4 choices. This year's Derby really does seem inscrutable. I would have to lean towards either Irish War Cry (the only horse who has put up two fast, impressive performances albeit with a bomb in between), Classic Empire, who is trying to overcome a lot but is probably the most talented colt in the crop. But there are few who would really surprise me.
Who are you people? It must be really exhausting to live in a world with a conspiracy plot around every corner.
Okay, I guess we should have recognized from the tone of the first post that the poster is clearly unhinged and not bothered engaging. You can't talk reasonably with someone who isn't living in reality.
Are you honestly serious? It was her third start, and he was asking her to jump from 5.5 to 8.5 and a maiden to a G1. That's a huge ask even if there isn't a horse like Unique Bella in the race. This is the trainer who ran Beholder in two straight Pacific Classics, one against a horse (Chrome) who looked unbeatable. If your scenario was true he'd shy away from the Kentucky Oaks but as of now, all systems are go.
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