She seems really sharp right now- definitely training super well. She's a great looking filly too. Wish her luck tomorrow. I don't usually say this but i really dislike her name. She has great bloodlines they could have honored them with a better moniker.
Oh my, another beautiful grey daughter of Tapit suffering under the likes of Steve Asmussen. My heart breaks for her as it did for Teardrop. I just hope she gets retired ASAP and sent somewhere where she will be treated well.
The old adage is that the jockey is worth 15% of the ride- but I don't always think that is true.
He does try to ride each horse as an individual with concern for the horse's running style. Look at what he did with Zenyatta-that was sheer poetry. Also not just any jock could have won the KD with Giacomo-he listened to that horse.
His fellow Zayat horse Mr. Z suffers from the usual "D. Wayne syndrome" -over raced and under rested. Lukas beats his horses up with over scheduling. Mr. Z looking at his schedule is already half-dead at the start of his three year old career. He broke his maiden on 6-28-14 at Churchill and has been campaigned consistently since.
I used to call Lady's Secret Lady Death Wish because Lukas ran her into the ground with 45 starts before she became a broodmare. She produced twelve foals before she died foaling her 13th but only 4 ever won a race. She was really worked too hard.
His Quarter Horse mentality has never been subdued.
I know Far Right will be way ahead of Mr. Z and I bet FR will make the top 10. He's a solid fellow and can really stay consistent.
At least with his post position he won't get into the initial tangle of bunched horses which is the hallmark of Derby Day with 20 horse fields. It looks a great deal like the Grand National lately.
I like him.He's quirky like his sire.I think he has surprise power for the Derby and his post position is good for his running style.Don't count him out. He'll run a race and a half from the outside and still be a contender. Watch out for the grey streak that is passing you on the right.Plus he has Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer extraordinaire. AS an aside I never worry about the way horses are treated in the McLaughlin barn. He's totally above board and a great horseman.
I think it's too early for him to show his stuff. Seems like he'll be a later bloomer to me. Curlin progeny take a while to develop but when they do watch out. I sure have a sentimental spot for Donegal Racing-Dullahan was one of my favorite horses ever-he had the personality plus-he left us way too soon. I would have given anything to see his offspring run.
Should be a turf horse in the making.Interesting bloodlines that could should meld him into a grass horse.
I can see the spectre of Robert Buckley looking down over Churchill Downs on Saturday and rooting effusively for Firing Line to win and Far Right to show!
What do emerging turf horses like 888 and Bolo have to do in the spring of their three-year-old year?Practically nothing if they don't run on dirt. So let's give them a shot and wait for the switch back to turf in late summer and the BC. American racing doesn't give enough opportunities or credit to young turf horses. I'm looking forward to seeing how they do-just so long as this escapade doesn't ruin them for turf opportunities later. Plus it's good to have a woman trainer take a crack at the KD! Good luck Bolo!
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