Foot bruise may be a blessing in disguise. Louisiana Derby requires either a six-week layoff or two preps in six weeks. Pointed to Arkansas Derby (Daddy's footsteps) or Bluegrass no doubt. Still someone I'll put in my Derby Trifecta.
Three-Peat. The Three Muskeeters are back for the Louisiana Derby with the announcement that MMM connections are posting for a Lousiana Derby Risen Star redux with Rogue Romance and Santiva (barring a switch by the latter camp), 1, 3 and 2, respectively in their last match. Too close to call notwithstanding the extra distance.
With the Rogue apparently pointed to the Louisiana Derby, the question is: Will Mucho Macho Man post for another bake-off with Rogue Romance and Santiva (the Risen Star could have gone to any of them, particularly if stretched to a mile and 1/8)? MMM's connections appearing to be leaning to another venue.
Not a good trip + where was the early speed? But not a bad tune-up all things considered. Gaining at the end
Risen Star: Early Speed+ P-Horses = Rogue Romance and Mucho Macho Man in the stretch. Santiva and Machen are good on paper but too slow and untest, respectively.
First Derby Winner to go 1 1/4 & be bestowed with a blanket of roses. Sire of Sires. Hall of Famer.
Final tune-up 1:02 and change (2/12) for 5f appears a perfect tune-up. Lights, camera, action.
After being rank for 1/3 of the race and being slammed coming around the final turn, it is amazing that Casper has enough to churn out a place. One tough hombre
Work was 60 flat for 5 furlongs this morning (2/5) officially but faster unofficially. Stronger, bigger. good-to-go
Based on his latest work, the Rogue is tuning up perfectly He has the head, heart, legs, running style (gear, brake, accelerator) and pedigree (see Manila) to go all the way
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