I do not see him breaking a track record or even winning. Looking at his past performances, he has finished off the board when there is no speed up front. With the lack of early speed in this race, I doubt he will be able to close into it. I do not see him winning tomorrow, I have my eye on Lea and Uncaptured.
With the lack of speed in this race, I don't see WTC winning. From looking at his past performances in the Belmont, Preakness, Southwest stakes, and even the Kentucky Jockey Club he couldn't close into a slow pace. I just don't see him winning a race that lacks early speed.
I have not once trash talked Princess, in every one of my comments I mentioned that Princess was a great horse. Beholder needed that rest, there is nothing wrong with allowing a horse to rest, it was the smart thing to do, like i said, horses aren't machines. She needed thats choosing because she wasn't used to the excitant surrounding the kentucky oaks and she could have injured herself if they didn't train her to stay calm in those situations. And PPrincess is not the very best. Beholder is not the very best. They are both amazing fillies but when you look back at the races, both had 4 grade one wins, Beholder had a more impressive year than the Princess.
One of my biggest problems with your statement is how you are so clearly upset about her taking the summer off. That sounds like you don't care about the horses well being, they aren't machines you know. Beholder took that time off to be schooled so that she wouldn't tumble again before a race because she could have hurt herself if that happened again. The Princess is a great horse but Beholder showed up against a star-studded Distaff field and she won easily.
And also, Princess is a closer, I've been "squeezed" at the beginning of a cross country race and I've had a bad fall before a cross country race and I'll tell you falling down and getting scraped up a bit psychs you out a lot more than getting pushed back a bit at the start of a race. Plus, the race was very fast, Midnight Lucky set fast fraction, Princess got a dream trip since it set up very well for a closing horse. I'mn to saying that Princess is a bad rhorse, I honestly Beholder ran the better race in the oaks and since she was schooled (so that she wouldn't fall again before a race) she has been undefeated and Gary Stevens hasn't even had to ask her to run yet.
She chased a fast pace in the Kentucky oaks, after she had a big tumble before the race and still managed to hold on for a close second by only half a length. The fast pace set up well for a closer like the Princess. The Princess is an amazing horse but Beholder is definitely deserving of this award. And I don't understand what's wrong with a horse taking the summer off. Every athlete needs some time off. I'm very proud that Beholder won the eclipse, she was my favorite filly all year and her three last three races were all very impressive.
I definitely think that Goldencents' win in the dirt mile was much more impressive than WTC's Travers win. Goldencents was involved in a speed duel and he was going 40 mph into the turn. He still managed to stay strong in the strethc and win by over 2 lengths. WTC had a good set-up for his closing style in the Travers. I just personally think that Goldencents was much more impressive between those two races.
1. Power Broker 2. Verrazano 3. Oxbow. Power Broker has been one of my favorite horses for a long time. I think if Power Broker and Verrazano go out for the lead, Power Broker will be able to outkick Verrazano.
I've got my eyes on Power Broker. He's done great in his last two races and I think he's about to show everybody how great he really is in the Haskell and Travers
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