Although he won the main prep for the World Cup, he looked the highest class horse of a group that hated dirt. California Chrome's biggest competition will be Wattani (aka Ron the Greek). He's won 4 in a row convincingly, and is a proven dirt horse that loves 10 furlongs. If there's any pace in the World Cup, it will be Wattani picking up the pieces down the stretch.
Jockey Joao Moreira received a 3 race meet suspension and a $60,000HKD fine for his ride on Able Friend in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on Sunday. Able Friend was caught in bad traffic and clipped heels with Real Specialist as he bulldozed his way into the clear before winning the race.
This horse is really something special. His win the 7f Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup showed a level of determination I've yet to see from this gelding. He's so much fun to watch
Races on Sunday in the $10 million HKD Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (G1) at 7f. Should be and interesting test as the distance has attracted some of HK's best sprinters and milers. Able Friend is expected to be heavily favored under the equal weight stakes conditions. The only international horse in the field is the well traveled Gordon Lord Byron.
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 :)
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