Hey, at least this is 4lbs more than Constitution carried in the G1 Donn 3 weeks ago. Perhaps the more relevant stat is that the weight setter only thinks Shared Belief is 11 lbs better than the four low weights in the field. If high weights scare folks away, at least drop the lower end to make the gap a bit more realistic to a horse of the talent levels like Shared Belief.
I only find myself comparing times to other races run at the same distance during the same day. In the instance of the Fountain of Youth, the 1 mile split was 1.5s slower than Davona Dale run a few hours earlier. Dortmund's Robert B Lewis was over 1.5s faster than the other 3 year old maidens at the same distance two races prior. Just a reference, that race was won by Stonestreet Stable's 1.7 million dollar purchase, Cyrus Alexander. The best reference for "time irrelevance" I can think of was last year's Kentucky Derby run in nearly 2:04 only to have that winner come back and run the Preakness two weeks later in the fastest time since Curlin. Times, like everything else in horse racing handicapping are subject to interpretation by the handicapper.
The NYRA has just gift wrapped controversy the first time a horse breaks down within two weeks of a previous race.
Main Sequence has certainly picked up the baton that Point of Entry left behind. Any idea when he's shipping to Dubai? The Sheema Classic is shaping up to be quite a race. I can't wait to see how Designs on Rome fares this weekend in the Hong Kong Cup before shipping over for a showdown in the Sheema. If Cirrus Des Aigles and Harp Star show up, it will be an awesome line up.
Best of luck to Sarah and I hope she gets to follow her dream to become a jockey!
just added a photo I took of him during his win last Saturday :)
I wonder what the next move will be? Staying in Hong Kong for the owners is like printing money, but this type of talent is begging to go international.
He's stamping himself as the finest turf miler in the world. Amazing performance in the Stewards Cup. What a racehorse.
Two thumbs way up for my favorite Ambitious Dragon! If the Dragon can return to form he'll have his hands fill with Able Friend who just posted the third highest rated performance in the history of the HKJC with his win in the Hong Kong Mile. Great list, Brian, its awesome to get some attention to the wonderful horses running abroad.
Ambitious Dragon has been scratched due to soreness from a foot abscess sustained earlier in the week.
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