Well, good for Crimson Giant who seems to just keep chugging along, however looking at his record, he's never raced beyond a mile and the majority of his last few races have been sprints, 5f, 6f, 61/2f, that doesn't scream of a horse who's been ready for a race like the Santa Anita Handicap for the past 3 years as the trainer claims, but hey that's me taking the statement at face value, I'm not the one around him.
125 seems actually quite light for Shared Belief, especially against this field. I almost expected to see him carry 129 when I saw the lineup. Good horses in here, but this is a decided step down from last year's renewal which featured Game on Dude, Will Take Charge and Mucho Macho Man. This is looking like a walk in the park for him, unless race riding like in the Goodwood happens again.
Great 3yo races carded this weekend with these two in Florida, El Kabeir in NY and Dortmund at Santa Anita.
Rooting for Ocean Knight, both starts of his were impressive and he stretched out to two turns like a pro last time. Just hope the announcer can see him and correctly name him this time!
Can't wait. Been on the edge of my seat waiting for his return. Hope he proves he is much more than a precocious 2yo. Immense talent.
Side thought: did Oaklawn decrease the Rebel purse? I thought I remember reading the purse was increased from $600,000 to $750,000 for this year when they announced their stakes schedule.
Disappointing effort today. Really hope she finds her best form soon. Have a feeling if she doesn't they'll likely retire her.
So I'm assuming Tonalist is skipping the Donn Handicap? I remember seeing him listed as probable on his page, no mention here though. Was looking forward to him adding even more oomph to Saturday.
Looking forward to a tremendous day of racing. Will definitely be at Santa Anita.
Wish they would reinstate the Personal Ensign at 1 1/4 miles again. Sad that they decreased it to 1 1/8 a couple years ago.
They need to get her in a maiden race to break her maiden. She has some talent, her BC was quite good considering she was still a maiden but she isn't completely ready for G1 company. A maiden score could give her much needed confidence after she flattened out in the lane there.
What a tenacious performance. Very impressive win.
Definitely one I'm intrigued to watch next year. I think he's very talented and was far from disgraced in the BC Sprint. Hope he matures well and can carry his speed to the end in some 2015 sprints
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