Welcome aboard Brian, I look forward to reading, following and learning from your posts here on the NATION.
Aikenite seems almost like an automatic play based on the form results from the Fountain Of Youth
I agrre with you about AWESOME ACT. He wasn't used hard to win the Gotham, but then again he didn't need to be agaisnt that weak field. Don't be fooled , his win was visually impressive and very professional looking. You could tell from watching, that jockey Leparoux made sure there was alot keft in the tank for the next start. If he passes the Wood test, he will be a major force on Derby day. Long way to go though.
Buddy didnt get anything conditioning wide from the race, he will need tostep it up big timenext start. I believe he is talented enough todo just that.. If he doesn't, then and only then will i conceded he doesnt belong.
when a horse wins the Breeders Cup Juvenile he is usually awarded 2 yr old honors OR at the very least is named the winter book favorite for the following yrs Derby...Vale of York falls in neither category. His win in the Juvenile was NO fluke. He encountered trouble at various stages of the race, start, 1st turn, far turn, upper stretch and STILL got to the wire in time. Has to winter and prep in Dubai which hasnt worked out yet for Godolphin. One yr Sheikh Mohammed will win the Kentucky Derby his way, just dont know if it will be the 2010 edition with this horse
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