No challenges? He can't help the fact that he doesn't have his own Alydar to challenge him every race. As for the Preakness, I'd say that downpour did even up the playing field a bit. It was a foreign track to all (even compared to the slop at Oaklawn), and having these horses out in the open while it was absolutely pouring is something none of those colts had experienced. It just happens that AP is one of those, dare I say it, special kind of horses that went unaffected by those conditions. Dortmund and Firing Line are both good horses but they were clearly compromised by that surface.
I am just so confused by the number of people who want him to get beat next week. Surely I am not a minority for hoping to see a triple crown in my lifetime and will actively root for just about anyone who can make it this far. If he pulls it off next week that would be his 7th consecutive graded stakes win with 6 of those being G1. Sounds like a worthy horse to me.
I didn't know Steve Coburn came to the website.
I can't express how happy I am for Clark. I was able to watch his emotional win at Keeneland, so seeing him get this HUGE win in the Oaks was the icing on the cake. Congratulations to a well deserving and appreciative jock!
lol this is the funniest thing I've read all week
Based on raw talent or likelihood of hitting the board? Maybe Materiality is more talented than Dortmund but I can't help but like that Dortmund is the more seasoned horse.
That being said, it's the Derby. There are so many other "unknowns" with distance, noise, track surface, pace scenarios, etc etc that any one of these horses could cave and Materiality is the real deal. Not arguing with you here, just curious about your reasoning.
Saw her last weekend In Chad's barn. She had just arrived in Kentucky with Stephanie's Kitten and they very fittingly have stalls next to each other. Absolutely beautiful filly.
It's a bit hard to see him behind that gate but here he is at the Phipps barn at Keeneland. Was a bit surprised to see that they had so much of their stable there, and even had a quick conversation with Shug himself. Top Billing looked very alert, though I was most impressed visually by Imagining.
Got a good look at him in the paddock today and have to say he looked dead fit. Really looked the part of an athlete. Might not make my derby top three but impressive nonetheless.
I'll be there this weekend so this kind of field helps make up for Beholder not making it in for the Madison. I started getting really excited when I saw all of the big name jockeys on the Friday card, and Saturday's entries do not disappoint!
Check out race 4 at keeneland. Allowance featuring big blue kitten, mr speaker, hyper, majestic harbor, guys reward, and war dancer.
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