I've been saying all along that she should go for the Sprint (if she can realistically qualify, which might be a problem even with an LA Woman win if it is oversubscribed). However I would absolutely love to see her go head to head against Beholder, to see if she is the real deal.
I don't know if he's the most athletically talented horse, but man he's easily the most determined and perhaps the smartest to come along in quite a while. He knows where that pole is and he gets there first time and time again. I don't know how he would have done against all time greats, but no one does really. All I know is that he always finds a way to cross the finish line first, and that is what this sport is all about.
Considering that Close Hatches will likely be racing at Keeneland and Princess of Sylmar has fallen off the cliff, I would not bet against Untapable if she did show at the Beldame. I think part of it is that the Beldame has lost some luster since it is not a Win and In anymore. And since they're not racing for a guaranteed BCD spot, she might as well race for the money.
I completely missed that, thank you.
You and/or Averie need to start getting on HRN's case to send one of you out west for the big race days there. Both of your sets of the Spa's big day are excellent, but it would be nice to see Del Mar and Santa Anita get the same treatment.
For 4th place. How does that effect an Eclipse Award?
Yes he did. What does that have to do with how Chrome will do coming off a few months layoff? Keep in mind that SB isn't really wondering when he will be put out to stud.
Only because Beholder and Close Hatches were shut down for the summer, and they stuck a fork in Dreaming of Julia. So yes, her Saratoga wins would have been closer to Beholder's KY Oaks prep wins in Santa Anita as far as quality opponents. She did face the best dirt F3YO's that actually raced that summer though.
Dead heats are never worth considering until they actually happen. It's far more likely that some other 3YO will steal the championship from them than it would be for a race to end in a dead heat.
PA Derby is 1 1/8, and given the track bias I think he'd do fine if entered. I think Bayern's problem was the surface more than the distance in Saratoga, he still would have won the Haskell if he had to go another furlong.
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