Glad to see this great horse go out as the champion he is. A great ride by Bejarano, he felt Tapiture coming and eased out in the stretch to slightly intimidate Tapiture, and have enough left to win, even with those suicidal fractions.
(Just my 2 cents)..I'm going for a horse, who, before he got sick, had looked like he might be headed on the Derby Trail...at 12-1. I'm betting on Baffert's other horse, Indianapolis. He might be over his head, but his return off an 8 month layoff was impressive, and he prepped the same day and worked the same time as Baffert's Secret Circle. Then, going to use him in the Pick 3 going Indianapolis / ALL / Shared Belief, and hope there is another bomb in the Turf Mile. Rich Tapestry scares me though off his last race, closing strong to win in 1:07 and change, nosing out Goldencents and a tiring SC (first race off layoff). Just might have to box those 2 for a very nice exacta, should it come in.
His last work at SA on 10/20 was very impressive. Out of 13 horses that worked 6f that morning, both he and Secret Circle, (last year's BC Sprint winner), worked HG in a fast 1:10.4. What is of note that it was faster than Majestic Harbor, Bayern, Footbridge, Can the Man, and Sky Kingdom. Looking at the pre-race entries, there are some really great horses that may be running. He might be in over his head, but I'm going to bet a few dollars on him to win. I should get very good odds.
He opened up by 4 or 5 but seemed to be tiring just a bit at the end, but he ran a 1:08 and change 6f, holding off the last charge from Mike Smith on a long shot with a final time of 1:15 flat I believe. Very good race considering the long layoff.
Indianapolis worked out 8/28 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 5f in 1:00.60 handily.
Indianapolis worked out 8/20 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 6f in 1:12.40 handily from the gate
Indianapolis worked out 8/13 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 6f in 1:12 flat handily.
Indianapolis worked out 8/07 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 5f in 59.6 handily. He looks ready to go, but when and where is still unknown.
Shared Belief worked out 7/29 at Golden Gate on a fast track, running 5f in 1.01.60 handily. Bullet work for this great horse.
Indianapolis worked out 8/01 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 5f in 1.01 flat handily from the gate.Can't wait for his return.
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