Practical Joke made a good middle move to get into contention, had the entire length of the Keeneland stretch and every chance to pass Irap, but he flattened out and failed to get it done....Maybe there is distance limitations with this one? I refuse to buy into that line of thinking, I think with his breeding, he's quite capable of getting the classic distance. A dual G1 winner at age 2. Never worse than third in six starts. What most people see when they look at the form on this horse, is two losing races, but what's hidden underneath those two losses is improving form. He tries hard every time and deserves to be taken seriously in the Derby. My longshot pick.
We can also add in Afleet Alex (2005) who got revenge in the Preakness/Belmont over the Derby winner (Giacomo)
The off the pace trip Hence received behind the blazing fractions, was the trip I was expecting my selection Shareholder Value, to get. But instead, he was placed up close just in behind the speed trying to keep up and the effort took its toll on him.
A double treat with Matt in the HRN house. Always a pleasure to watch Horse Center, because its a real show with guys in the know. Excellent work once again!
Always a pleasure to be in your company Andy!
Well Andy, when your ready, just let me know.
An absolutely spectacular two days of racing at Belmont Park. It was a privilege to be in the company of two fine outstanding colleagues. Once again, THANKS for making it happen.
Excellent report and interview Brian. Highly enjoyable.
barrmorr, thanks for pointing that out. I wasn't aware how all relationships in horse mating were determined. Saw your comment and looked it up.
In thoroughbred terminology, only offspring that share the dam are called half/ 3/4 or full brother/sister. When two horses have the same sire, but different dams, they are referred to as "by the same sire"....Now, I know and understand...I've made the correction in the post...again, thanks!
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