Keeneland released the probables for their spring meet stakes and I didn't see Beholder's name listed. Other sources still say she's aiming for the Madison. Hopefully these other sources are true so I can finally see her in person!
Stephanie is definitely talented enough to win without a rabbit, but for a horse that always coming running late weaving through traffic, it will help her big time. She has historically run poorly off of layoffs, so it was great to see everything fall into place like it did. With the retirement of DayattheSpa, Somali Lemonade, etc., Stephanie just might be able to dominate the female turf division this year. With her turf pedigree, I wonder if the Ramsey's will eventually incorporate St. Borealis into their broodmare band to breed to KJ?
This was Stephanie's Kitten's rabbit this weekend. Did her job and was geared down at the quarter pole. I'd expect we'll see a her often this year.
Just a general question for everybody now that the AP vs. TCB match up will unfortunately not happen... what are your most anticipated or hoped for match ups of 2015?
WD vs. Main Sequence in the Woodford Reserve is an obvious choice for me, but with Dan's return "iffy" at best, I'll say that the match up I would love to see most this year is Bayern vs. SB.
I think he could have beat a better field, but let's be honest that field would be weak for a G3. The only other horse was Moreno coming off a layoff and minor injury. The better horses, for the most part, were not actively avoiding SB, but were either skipping the big cap for Dubai, had just raced and were resting, or haven't yet returned.
Just my opinion but I think Gulfstream park has just as much to do with this as the trainers you are accusing. Personally, I can't think of nearly as many horses Baffert has lost on the trail than Pletcher has in the recent past, and most of the highly regarded ones seem to be lost after running consistently at Gulfstream. Even Shug lost some good ones in Honor Code and Top Billing last year due to injury racing on the concrete at GP.
I didn't see Moreno's name on the list for this race until today and am very excited to see him here as the only other G1 caliber horse besides SB. I think he has a legitimate shot with his early speed. Will hopefully make for a more interesting race.
Maybe so, but he was named to bring awareness to Myositis. There are many other not so elegant names out there so at least this one serves a good purpose.
A mile didn't seem ideal for Palace Malice either...
Looking forward to this race on the Big Cap under card. The likely, and deserved, favorite will be Curlin's Fox, but I'm excited to see She's a Big Winner stretch out to a mile. She's gone two in a row on the hill in sprints and has shown some good fight against favorites.
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