russel baze never touched shared belief and he went 109 and change without ever getting asked. What was hw supposed to do in that race? leave the ground and take off in flight the last eighth of a mile?
These are simply for enjoyment, i dont think anyone takes them seriously since they honestly thought spot stretching out from 7f was a contender last week and Wildcat Red who is as game as they come was a pass. Ray Charles read the form and knew Spot was a throw out in the Fla Derby.
Latest word is that HOP is going to go SA Derby and let Bayern take down the Ark Derby a la Bodemeister. This way stevens stays aboard Bayern.
when i think of closers, look no further than War Chant's BC mile. They were not even cooking on the lead and he still closed like a freight train.
the track was lightning fast all day, Groupie Doll went 1:14 and change under wraps the lasts 1/16th of a mile.
No guts no glory! No way I leave Honor Code off this list, but that's my opinion. Shared Belief has a world of talent but who knows. Picking a derby winner 90 days out is a little tough. If I had to pick a top 5 right now it would be Honor Code, Top Billing, Strong Mandate, California Chrome and Mexikoma. I know the field was nothing to write home about but California Chrome's last was ultra impressive.
Wicked Strong was a mess in post parade. Castellano had to get off him quite a few times and then was a mess in the gate. MAy be worth another shot at double digit odds.
Gary, not worried about a son of Street Boss getting the mile and sixteenth? I agree that Cairo and Mr Speaker will run well. I really feel that Wicked Strong is the play in here. JC always rides first call for Brown, so the fact that he jumps on Jerkens horse means a lot to me. Wicked Strong was closing in on the top two in the Remsen. If he matured at all I expect him to win this.
watching santa anita regularly, i just thought it was a rule that they cant run more than 5 horses in a race!but seroiusly, Noble Moon was a standout in the Jerome and everybody still showed up to face him. It seems that Cali always has a problem drawing full fields.
13 and change last eight at santa anita, no thanks right now. first time around two turns so he has the potential to get better.
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