Looks a little worn out this morning after a big effort yesterday, but the Triple Crown winner is still a gorgeous specimen https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNqqytlWgAARHLg.jpg
Interesting to read and hear about everyone's thoughts on how this race will play out. Personally, I think AP will win, and would be surprised if he doesn't keep that amazing form he had in the Haskell. If he does have that form, no one is going to be "closing" on AP. Only in the Derby did a horse make up real ground against him and that was Frosted. In the Haskell saying that Keen ice actually closed on AP and gained ground is purely the result of Victor stepping on the brakes. If anyone thinks I'm missing another example, definitely let me know.
Looking forward to tomorrow. This is horse racing... anything can happen. No one is 'wrong' yet.
Definitely. I'm excited to hear what they mean by big plans for next year. Maybe some more races against the boys? Shipping east? I hate that she gets put down for being 0-2 outside of California. No shame in losing to Princess of Sylmar by 1/2 length and finishing only a length off Close Hatches at Belmont (with a gash on her leg).
Fingers crossed for good health going forward. I think she could really stamp her place in history with a campaign next year. And I trust her connections a lot more than other's (like Chrome's) to responsibly plan this out.
I was wondering if Hughes might consider this...
But seriously what exciting news (I can only imagine how happy Mandella is that she might come back). I can't think of a year any time recently where there was so much good news in this sport. And to think some of the best racing of the year hasn't even happened yet.
I think he'll win comfortably. I have not seen any indication that these other horses can run as fast as AP anywhere from 9 to 12 furlongs. If he loses I think it will be because something went very wrong. I hope he runs a sub 2 10F, but am not sure if he'll need to and I don't see Espinoza pushing him to do more than win.
I would love to know what Baffert is thinking right now. If they plan on training him up to the BCC, then they might let him really run and not pull up like they did in the Haskell. Otherwise I see them running him again in some race that a track will write specially for him (maybe at Del Mar? can't see them wanting to ship AGAIN to Monmouth) as an easy prep. If that was the case then I don't see Pharoah going full out.
Are you expecting AP to regress in the Travers or do you think those top three are now better than him? just curious
The champ worked 5F in 59 flat this morning. Looks like he should be sitting on a big effort for Woodbine!
He's a monster. hope he finds himself back in the winners circle soon.
No need to worry about Zenyatta. She is a happy healthy mare enjoying her retirement. Her foals' success has no impact on her personal greatness, but any success they have on the track will just be icing on the cake.
Amazing the need some people feel in putting down certain horses. Not saying that anyone must 'love' every horse, I certainly have my personal favorites, but any multiple GSW deserves their respect. Though I have a hunch that the people bashing Curlin in favor of CC did not watch racing just a few short years ago when Curlin was on the track
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