Sheesh, you gotta start somewhere don't you? You can only beat who runs in the same races as you.
I don't get that denigration factor one hears recanted each year at this time. Against already established older horses, that's another story. Right now the pecking order is being established for 3 year olds.
It will be a mistake to throw this horse out for the exotics and win.
But I hope many do.
To me it's how the job gets done, and this horse has shown a competitive nature, grit, determination, and tremendous turn of foot.
Nobody I've seen in all the races up to now has shown that blink of an eye acceleration he showed in the UAE Derby.
Never thought of it in exactly the same way, but you're correct.
He "conceded" nothing and in one more jump he would have won the race. Anybody can see that.
But see what you want to see, doesn't matter to me.
I do give you kudos though, for local (though inaccurate) color in your creative writing class here on this comment section.
Now, moderator, can you cue Carly Simon please??
I love all the certainty that some have on this comment section have as to how this horse will NOT run a bit in the Derby, can't compete even against claimers, has no chance, blah blah.
Keep it up but be sure to back it up with your $$ against him please.
Question: which horse likely to be entered in the KD has beaten older horses?!?
Yeah, the old Mutt...
Oh, and he did it as a two year old as he was foaled on 4/28/12.
I think he has a huge chance one reason being is that AP, Carpe, Dort, Material, Firing - the horses most talked about - all have similar on or near the pace running styles. I do not see any of them getting an easy lead. This could certainly bring out the competitive nature in them and b4 you know it they're going faster than they all should.
If the Mutt is within 10-15 lengths of the leaders by the quarter pole I think he's got what it takes to mow them all down.
Also, has anybody else noticed that he hasn't changed leads in the three races that I've seen video of? Once de Kock gets him to learn that look out.
All of the above is of course predicated on how he ships, takes to the track, eats up, the clockers reports, etc. etc.
He's my wise guy pick and if I can get anywhere near 7-1 I will be keying him in all my horizontal and vertical combos. Maybe even singling him.
Good luck everyone and here's to no defections and a safe race.
He's proven that he's by far the best 3 year old in the land. He just has to do it one more time! I hope the groom doesn't leave his stall except to walk him and whatnot. I just don't want anybody to rain on his parade IYKWIM.
Thanks for the insight Yukichan; just read the link. And I must say after reading Churchills response, it sounded as if they truly were sorry. Thought there are always over one hundred fifty thousand in attendance, it's hospitality 101 that taking care of the ownners and their families comes first. Let's check back next year to see.
Chrome's a beast! It's his triple crown to lose, though we all know Victor will have a bullseye on hi s back. Yeah Social Inclusion is the X factor but Chrome has what it takes!
Chromes turn of foot displayed in his last three races at the top of the stretch are so akin to a champion turf horse! You just don't see that very often in dirt races. His tactical speed, great temperment, and raw ability to me are head and shoulders above the competition. He reminds me of one of my favorite horses, John Henry. The sky's the limit for this guy and I don't really see any obstacles, other than bad racing luck, to compromise his way of racing.
The Feather will not be beaten in the Ladies Classic. I predict she'll win by at least two, probably more. That last little stakes was the perfect tightner, and she'll just glide over that speed favoring oval. It'll be flag fall to that's all, sitting chilly behind Questing, L&P, My Miss, or whoever wants to take up the running. And if everybody takes back then Jeffery can pull a Track Robbery from the 80s like P Val used to do. It's the most anticipated race of the two days for me, just to see her do her thing. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll get 5 to 1, though perhaps they'll pound RD & the other contenders, assuming (wrongly) that she hasn't beaten anything. I'll be happy with 7/2 and above.
She just does what it takes. Knows what it's all about. And doesn't care about not beating any "amazing" horses. You'll see come Friday when she sits the trip behind Questing and goes right on by at the top of the stretch to win in hand by a comfortable margin. That 1:33 & change mile shows her ability and is the perfect set up!
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