really really really really exciting news!
Was hoping to have a discussion with some of the "core posters" on HRN about this horse. Right now I genuinely think this horse can and just might win the Derby. What I'm hoping to hear are the legitimate reasons that people don't think he will. I really loved his Florida Derby. Yes he was drifting a bit at the end, but he was coming off a sprint and a layoff so that race looked like a great fitness builder to me. I'm not more concerned about him getting the 10F as I am any other horse going 10F in this day and age. Weather/surface doesn't seem to be an issue either. How many of you are feeling this way about him? The horse has guts and he's just been faster than pretty much anyone. For those on the fence will it come down to post position? Unless he gets caught up in some terrible speed duel (and I think he's versatile enough to avoid that) I just have to think he'll get the right trip. Obviously for those trying to make money you'll look elsewhere, but I would love to hear some truly thoughtful opinions on him.
Heartbreaking to hear the news of Zenyatta's foal passing. Having trouble loading the Zenyatta website so can't find anymore details at this time.
Not that we knew their game plan going into the race, but don't you think the weather would have made them play it as safe as possible? In the SA Derby Smokey Image practically looked like his wheels were spinning out in that first turn. No point taking any risks at all when it's that sloppy - just try to win if you can.
Seemed like the mud played into that. Other races Mike seems to just let her run on her own, this was definitely more of an active pulling up in that slop Like you said, hope she isn't hurt in the oaks by the 'lack' of work needed to win this.
I love that race as well, she just opened up so fast going into the stretch. I've probably watched that race a dozen times, very lucky that you were there in person!
Very sad news to see today. I have such a tremendous respect for the Phipps and Janney families and always threw a couple bucks on any horse I saw sporting the black and cherry red.
I thought I recalled hearing that his children were also interested and involved in their racing and breeding operations. Hope that the future generations continue the great tradition.
Anyone else getting really excited to see his offspring? This beautiful filly is from the same family as Beholder and Into Mischief. He's been throwing some really nice foals.
Can't even begin to imagine what their barn is going through today. RIP Kyriaki and Demonica.
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