So who does Curalina have to beat for you to believe she's the best 3 year old filly right now? Also who do you think is the best 3 year old filly? When you do the math it's hard to not make her number 1 based on accomplishments.
I won't get into the problems/nuances involved with comparing race times but Shared Belief was probably the best dirt horse in the country at that time and Hard Aces ran 4th from post 13 in that race. Since Hard Aces won the Gold Cup the 2nd and 3rd placed finishers from that race came back to run well again in the grade 2 last weekend at Del Mar. Shaman Ghost hasn't beaten a graded stakes winner on dirt so until then he doesn't belong in the same conversation with Hard Aces in terms of accomplishments on dirt.
Hard Aces is a grade 1 winner at 10 furlongs and Curalina is a multiple grade 1 winner. Shaman Ghost's most notable accomplish on dirt is winning an allowance race at KEE. His big win was a restricted stakes race in Canada, where the competition is weaker. Brian Lynch would have tried him in a stakes on dirt here in the states if he though he was good enough. Maybe after the Breeders' Stakes he'll try his hand in the states again but until then I don't believe he even deserves mentioning.
Obviously there have been some key injuries but I wonder if those that believed that this was "one of the greatest crops of all time" want a do over. We'll learn more this weekend as Texas Red looks poised for a big effort vs. some of the Derby runners.
Include Betty got the job done Saturday but the field was suspect at best and the race fell completely apart late. She couldn't have asked for a better set up but when you consider the race that Curliana ran on Belmont day it's hard to think Include Betty can compete with her, Shook Up, or maybe even Stellar Wind. I believe Coach Inge is headed to the Suburban too. He might be slightly overlaid considering the name recognition of the others in the race but he could actually be the best older horse in training right now. We'll know more Saturday night.
Yeah but he lost to Shared Belief and California Chrome. I don't think anyone excepted Hop to beat those 2.He still ran 3rd. Bob's still the best (percentage wise) at going from grade 1 to grade 1 in 2 weeks.
I've got the same handle on twitter, although I rarely tweet.
If you have a Twinspires account you have access to the American Producer Records on the day of the race by clicking on the name of the horse, trainer, or jockey in a particular race. I won’t give away all the secrets online but the proper use of pedigree analysis and that database could have brought you Turulu in Santa Anita race 5 on June 19th or C d’Cat in Aqueduct race 10 on June 20th. Since the summer is here there will be many more MSW and maiden claiming spot play opportunities which can be very useful at either the betting window or in contests. As an analyst in real life I’ve learned to focus less on absolutes and more on the preponderance of the facts, and that philosophy is extremely helpful in horse racing. Yes, there will always be an outlier or two along the way but in the long run to have a positive R.O.I. you need to know what the facts are and don’t try to go against where those facts are taking you.
I think 8 furlongs is the perfect distance for Firing Line. 9 is a stretch. By Breeders' Cup time I think he'll be at that distance.
He already is a grade 1 winner.
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