Been watching him since he was 2 as well. Always loved him, Overdriven, and Union Rags. City always had a special place in my heart :) Glad to see him win again. He's fast!
Here's what I see with this field. Like some, I think Materiality needs to be near the front, but is not fast enough... However... It is the Belmont and unless AP draws the rail again the pace will be slow, so Materiality should be able to take the lead with Carpe and AP just off. I don't think Carpe can go this far. He hasn't shown me he can, and I wasn't impressed with his Blue Grass, tbh. I thought he flattened. Then there's Frosted. He's become a closer, and everyone knows how closers fare in the Belmont, which mean not only Frosted but Keen Ice and Tale Of Verve are up against it. I doubt Conquest Curlinate actually runs, an I don't think he is good enough to handle these horses... Yet. Madefromlucky has already been defeated by AP. And although Mubtahij is a great stamina horse, I don't know if he will like the sandy surface. And Frammento... Well, it is Zito, but I don't think he has a shot here. To me, AP's biggest threats come from Materiality and Mubtahij. Frosted to if they can get him to lay closer, but I doubt they change his running style again. I think AP can really win this thing. If the track is sloppy... No one will catch him.
And I'm sure we all remember someone posting "I had a Orb/Revolutionary exacta... Golden Soul you f everything up." I still laugh at that :)
I am very sad to hear the news of his retirement today. He was a very special horse on the track and made my heart race every time he did. Whether he ran on the lead, pressed the pace, stalked, or closed, Bern always showed up. He ran his heart out every time he stepped on the track. I will miss seeing him run dearly, but this was for the better. Such a shame he was never 100% in soundness after the Holy Bull. I sure hope he is a success at stud! BTW, his half brother Battle Of Evermore ran today at SA. First time dirt, ran third beaten 3 lengths. Race 6. I'll be watching him now, and soon enough his half bro by Uncle Mo!
I remember him. Bumped Bern Identity hard coming out of the gates in the Holy Bull two years back. Seems like eons ago.
I can see why Goldencents didn't win Sprint Champion. He really ran his best races this year at a mile, which isn't really a sprint. I think there should be an award for miler. Heck, there's a BC race for them.
Another work today. 5f in 1:01 flat. Worked in company with Victor up again.
I read that as well, also saw he was working 3f, so guessing he galloped out to 5f.
also has a half bro by Tapit in training.
Danza is THE BOSS! He and Chrome were my two top selections for the Derby. I think he's going to be unstoppable next year. So explosive!
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