As a resident of South Florida, We are very aware that an El Niño winter is wetter and warmer than normal. Certainly not a daily wash out, but an off-track on race day is not out of the realm of possibility.
I have heard through a racing enthusiast and former jockey acquaintance of mine that AP worked over 7f prior to shipping, which he said was unusual because prior to a race horses are typically backed off to work at 5f, which he said is known as "five"ulous. Are that any experts out there that can confirm or deny whether this is accurate and if so why would AP have been asked to work more.
I'm wondering as well???
Armada, likin sparks. You both have very good points, I guess the history of rested closers in the Belmont jade my judgment. IHA kicks well, i suppose it is a matter of how far back Dullahan is a 1/4 mile pole.
I think they are both outstanding horse. I just think Bodemeister will do better at shorter than classic distances
A slow pace will favor IHA in Belmont. If rabbits are entered it Dullahans or Union Rags to contend strongly if not take it. Early probabales look like good horses.
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