Well, it's a great Derby for the bettors, but the horse lovers lose again as fragile favorites fall. Wicked Strong and Uncle Sigh are sprinter's offspring. Liking Dance with Fate, Hoppertunity and Chrome, of course, but there isn't a worthy TC contender in the bunch.
The Dubai World Cup? How can you omit a $27.5 million single night of racing? Oh, that's right, American trainers don't want to go there.
I really believe the KD and the TC as a whole continues to lose racing relevance when the best North America horses either get injured or don't qualify based on some obscure system.
Post-race comments in Dubai suggest he'll be there.
Blame didn't "beat" Zenyatta; Mike Smith lost.
I think he should have allowed him his head in a straight line. Still, a Kentucky Derby and a Dubai World Cup with a screw in your leg is a pretty good resume..
DeanWatson: It's hard to go against Saeed and Godolphin, but the recent history of the race suggests it won't be Hunter's Light.
peter.jones.5621149: I completely agree with your comment about favorites, but when has a horse that's run in Australia won the DWC?
I've been watching and covering racing in Dubai since 2007 and I'm still perplexed why trainers don't simply follow the Curlin plan - go very early, acclimate and get to feel at home, always use your regular rider, run a prep. I'm a Royal Delta fan, but I had hoped they would have learned from last year's experience. Dubai demands plenty of time for acclimatization and some experience. She'll remember the track, but I would have liked an early shipping.
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