I doubt it. Dortmund likes to gun for the lead as seen in the derby and last weekend. I don't think he will settle behind melatonin and his connections will want him to secure the lead
I am super excited they are pointing him to this race. It is really going to be a phenomenal race.
Yes but that is a big 'if' as she is six years old now. Mares will start to slow down eventually. And if Chrome runs like he did in Dubai he will also be hard to keep up with. I think they both have different running styles than Dortmund and melatonin. Dort to me I think needs to have the lead to run his best race. Or he won't settle and wastes energy. Same with melatonin. Nyquist and chrome and beholder all like to stalk but can also take the lead if needed. It will really come down to post position and the break
You are right. Even more amazing how songbird ran so well on it
Did not see that coming. Totally thought he'd go to the Jim dandy. Very confusing as Keith said he has not been training well and he can't figure out why yet let's send him again Nyquist and gun runner instead of the Jim dandy where I thought he had a great shot to win it
Hypothetical if all horses makes the race- The winner of this race will be chrome or Beholder. I like Nyquist a whole lot, melatonin has run great this year, and Dortmund ran a nice San Diego- but I don't see them having what it takes to beat chrome or beholder. Between those two I think if chrome draws an outside post and secured a good stalking position on the outside of the speed he has a really good chance to best beholder. If he draws inside j think she may win as he can't settle when he's trapped on the rail. Dortmund if he goes will be on the pace dueling with melatonin. Chrome and Nyquist will stalk and beholder will be just behind them. It will be a Great race for sure.
After reading some of doug's interviews I think they are seriously considering either the pacific classic or the awesome again. They are 100% bringing him back to Cali after the Haskell and probably don't want to ship again. Especially with what happened to Pharoah last year at the travers. I think if Nyquist wins the Haskell easily he should go in the pacific classic. Same distance as travers- and he has much more to gain by a win there and nothing to lose. In the travers he has everything to lose and nothing to gain by a win there. Nyquist, Dortmund if he goes, beholder, chrome, and melatonin would be a pacific classic for the ages
Win or lose they are shipping him back to Cali after the Haskell. If he demolishes the Haskell I think they do not ship again and go to the pacific classic or maybe the awesome again before the breeders cup.
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