Some people are calling him the best 2yo colt out there at the moment. I am not quite *that* impressed. Now, if he can produce such dominating performances at other tracks against better horses at classic distances, then he will definitely be looking like a champion. Sadly Im doubtful his connections have such ambitions.
3 starts, 3 wins, 3 records. Time to pay attention!
Its official: after not being nominated for the Longacres Mile, Stopshoppingdebbies's connections will shoot for the older mare division clean sweep with the Emerald Distaff on Mile day.
Last I heard it was the Emerald Distaff for her, not the mile.
A wise handicapper once said 1 second can mean a differene of 5-10 lengths, depending on the distance, talent, and striding of the field.
According to the post race interview with trainer Tom Wenzel after Stopshoppingdebbie succeeded at pushing her steak to 8 for 8, Debbie's next start will be the $65,000 Emerald Distaff going 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, August 24.
Debbie stays local for another month - entered in the Boeing Handicap this weekend at Emerald against "older mares", all being 4yos.
All set to go 7 for 7 on June 8th in the WA State Legislature Handicap at Emerald Downs.
I was very impressed. She was saddled with top weight, had to break from the outside gate, and faced her toughest competition yet. Despite all this, she still managed to run away from the field, opening up on them with ease. Jockey Rocco Bowen was just as happy with her run, stating that he didnt hardly even have to step on the gas. Who knows how good she really is?
She worked 6F from the gate today handily. 90% sure she will make her first start of the Emerald Downs season on May 11th in their first stakes race for older mares.
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