I think it was a great prep for him, I dont think 2 back to back 10 furlong races would have worked for HC,
where is the early speed, if no horse pushes AP, Beholder, or Honor code, the closers have no chance
tough for me to back a tapit colt at the classic distance in such a strong field. I didnt say they couldnt do it i have just always seen Tapits offspring as 9 furlong specialists. Although i still see Beholders best bet the distaff, tough to see past her or AP. It wouldnt surprise me to see Keen Ice do some serious damage here, Curlin colts seem to be late bloomers.
If it was my choice I would go for he distaff and try and win 2, that puts her in some real special company (plus that would be 3 total cuz of her 2 yr old win, even smaller group) Then next year when it's in her back yard, she won't have to ship, run in the classic and go for the only horse with 4
that would be a good placement for him. 9 furlongs i believe???
well there will most likely be a rabbit, to run with LM, there almost always is a horse that tries that strategy, usually to no avail. So I would stalk and hope he has his usual turn of foot in the home stretch. AP has had the "IT" factor, meaning he looks the other horse in the eye coming around the turn and rises to the challenge, kinda like he says, "Who can come with me? That's what I thought!" He didnt have it in his last outing. I think he needs to run a 8.5 or 9 furlong prep. That extra 1/8 of a mile takes a lot out of horses and he has had a long racing season.
Has to be one of the oddest moves this season. he certainly is one of the better dirt routers on the east coast when he is healthy, so why the change? I would think that the trainer may have seen something that made them think this was his best spot, apparently not.
Paul, SCM is 12-1 in distaff futures, if you think shes the next big thing id bet her, because according to you after her romp in the upcomming Beldine G1, she will most certainly be the favorite aat Keenland in November!
Paul, first off you needs some anger management. secondly I think you have it completely backwards, speed figures mean nothing and wins and purse money do. So your saying a horse that has gone 5(3-1-1) in G1's was ruined by the Haskell, thats not a very informed analysis IMO. Again, she made 835k in less than a year, thats way more than her foal would bring in. So if she, or the horses that beat her, are not G1 caliber, then who are the G1 horses in the distaff div? SCM? Behold might go BCC, so shes right there with all of the rest.
yes, people will argue that but they will argue about anything. Curlins offspring have proven to be just like him, late bloomers and solid at the classic distance. That doesnt mean that AP eventual offspring may not be early bloomers and just as valuable, because of the triple crowns prestige. I think AP gets a little extra hype because of the length of time sense the last triple crown winner. If it was like the 70's and we had 3 in a 8 year span, his value "might" be decreased. Curlins value, and place in history will stand no matter what comes along. Curlin was a BEAST!
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