I'm not sure there is a best 3 year old. It looks like a mixed bag of goodies to me. Best horse running is Wise Dan, I hope he enters the BC and leaves the 3 year olds in his dust.
Lucas seems to be on a roll, but he's not the one running the mile and a half. I don't think Oxbow's "on the lead" style will get r done in the Belmont. The big sandy seems to favor closers. As for Orb, maybe he thinks he deserves a vacation for winning the roses and maybe he does. If he runs poorly in the Belmont, we'll know. They pushed Animal Kingdom into the Belmont with no triple on the line and look what happened to him. Orb is a really good horse, rest him for another race down the road, skip the Belmont.
Now Calvin Borel can move a square peg through a round hole and ride the rail while doing it. Orb was the victim of a bad ride, could be. Perhaps Rosario was waiting for him to sprout wings and fly to the finish line.
It's beginning to look like hell will freeze over before we see another triple crown winner. Oh I know, the racing gods are waiting for one of Zenyatta's "pups" to come of age and seal the deal. It won't happen but it would create a frenzy.
Stay Thirsty didn't exactly "run her down". He got lucky by bobbing his head down at the right split second. It was worse than Blame and big Z. Razor close, sickening.
What is true at 2 does not remain the truth at 3, that being said, did you understand what the jockey said about how Bobby drifts off and loses focus if he is on the lead? Sounds like a training problem to me, not a talent issue. Don't sell the pony short too soon, he may surprise you.
I was so much hoping "dollface" would win this one. If you have to lose, it's not as painful to get creamed as it is to get skimmed. Sad, crappy day today.
Wise Dan, all the way. I would be very surprised if they handed the honors to another female horse for the 4th year in a row. Like I said, WISE DAN will nail this one, and he deserves it.
The difference between a human running on an injury and a horse is about 1100 pounds and very fragile bones.
I think the patience and faith the Zayat family has shown towards this extremely ill colt is inspirational. More owners should care as much. God speed, Paynter. I'll continue to pray for you.
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