No problem! Wonderful write-up, always enjoy reading your posts.
The thought of Lady Eli taking on European turf horses is super exciting and something I hope Brown and the owners consider in the future, or at least possibly taking on males. She's so good that if she was a European filly she would have likely faced males by now, a la Taghrooda in last year's King George. Right now a fantasy match-up I think of is Lady Eli vs. Solow.
Not to nitpick a great write up of the weekend, but Shared Belief got his initial two turn victory in the Hollywood Futurity as a 2yo. Unless you meant his initial two turn victory of last year
Big disappointment. Main Sequence simply lacked the forceful kick that we've come to know from him. It's easy to say that perhaps the Dubai trip did him in but perhaps he needed a rebound race. Plenty of great horses have been able to keep their form after returning from Dubai. I'm curious to see how he will run next time.
Actually, of last year's HOY finalists, only Main Sequence has won a race this year, the G2 MacDiarmida. Cal. Chrome has placed in his two starts, though his campaign has been derailed lately and Bayern has straight up bombed in his two starts this year.
Espinoza flubbed his ride in the Oaks on her, yet she still launched a respectable rally, had she not been so far back and hung so wide she could have done better. Stellar Wind should rebound nicely here.
Shame, was really looking forward to seeing Chrome run at Ascot, it felt like he would have given a good account of himself. Wishing him a quick recovery and safe journey back to America.
Any information on where Crown Queen might resurface? Have been curious about her status for a while now.
Phipps was a good race, not quite great. Stevens gave Beholder a sub-par ride, restraining her speed, and the way the pace played out Antipathy, who was developing nicely but has seemingly disappeared, almost outran them all.
LOVE Sahara Sky, hope to see him claim his 2nd Met Mile. His comeback race in the Kona Gold was fantastic, great rally at the end he simply ran out of ground. He looked like the Sahara Sky of a couple years ago when formidable at 7f-8f races. Love a lot of these horses but I've been a fan of Sahara Sky the longest and he's my pick.
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