Oxbow ran a great race yesterday. But he has no hope of being in the hunt going 12 furlongs at Belmont. Good luck with that thought.
goblin - my apologies. Also, my point was aimed at the situation and not to any one individual.
goblin - I did go to the Dogwood website. Cot indicates PM needs a bit of a break and will definitely not run in the Preakness. He further states that he left it with Pletcher to determine if PM goes to Belmont or not. That was the reason for my comment. Cot and Todd know best and will make the right decision.
And why 60 days? Why not 30? Why not 45? He hda 5 months off Sept. - Jan. 2013. He is a race horse and he needs to race to mature and fulfill his potential, not sit on the sidelines. The answer is very simple, trust Cot and Todd to determine when he is ready to go and what distance. Neither one want to see this horse get hurt, not do well, etc. They will pick the right time and right race. Palace Malice is now, and going to be going forward, an excellent colt. Let him do what he is suppose to do and enough of the personal opinion time off scenarios.
Lisa111 - Did you watch the Post Position Draw show last night? They were pretty clear it is an outside - in load and commented several times how Vyjack better like crowd noise becasue he is going to be in the gate with the noise for quite awhile as the others load.
pumpsiam - they load 1 & 20, 2 & 19, 3 & 18, etc.
rafirox - Really appreciate your comments and observations. Glad to hear you see scenarios where Palace Malice could win. I am totally onboard with your Mike Smith analysis and will not be surprised if Palace Malice is either in the lead or in the lead group in the final 1/8. My question is does he really want to win or does he want to hang with his buddies = stay with the herd. It seems like it could be a confidence issue due to immaturity as you have suggested many times.
raforox, no sarcasim at all/intended. I have read many of your posts over the past couple of months and appreciate your comments and observations. And I appreciate your detailed reply in this case. You are on the mark with Orb - he appears to be the one to beat in this race. Do you think blinkers will help Palace Malice? Do you think Mike Smith will help Palace Malice (e.g. better chance for a clean ride, help with some of his greeness, etc.)? Thanks.
rafirox - what are your thoughts on Palace Malice? Your analysis is thorough and would appreciate your comments. Thanks.
Palace Malice is 6 feet short of being a horse with 150 points vs his current 50 points. 1/2 length in the Risen Star and 2feet in the Blue Grass. All 6 feet were imature horse mistakes. Not much between this and #1. Those of you wishing Palace malice would skip the Kentucky Derby, I would suggest to you that would be like the Michigan Wolverines skipping the NCAA this year and instead play in the NIT. Palace Malice is a race horse and he has qualified to run in Kentucky Derby - the Super Bowl of racing. Why would anyone one want to hold him back for the Peter Pan? Research Alysheba = he won the Blue Grass (later moved to 3rd) in 1987 and won the Kentucky Derby 9 days later. Citation ran all 3 Triple Crown races within a 3 week timeframe.
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