It will be, and Mandella himself noted in a Bloodhorse article today, that she hasn't won away from CA and isn't the best shipper. Regardless of that, I think her Oaks & Phipps performances, despite being losses, show she isn't another Lava Man case who seemingly had to be in CA to run tremendously or else, and can run with anyone anywhere. She didn't lose by more than a length in those and she's definitely a much more mature horse now. Plus her Phipps run was compromised not only by her injury she sustained, but a surprisingly questionable ride by Stevens. He seemed to be too concerned with following Close Hatches, he took her off her game and out of her zone by having her second last off an almost identical pace to what she stalked yesterday. She made a move, likely muted due to the leg injury but the outcome could have been a bit different.
American Pharoah is the 2014 champion juvenile, not Texas Red.
WOW!!!!!!!! What a performance. Have never seen a horse completely ease up for practically the entire final 1/8th like that and still keep his distance from the field. Keen Ice only looked like he was closing ground. Unreal.
WOW! Breathtaking win! What a mare! Really hope they do consider the Pacific Classic with her. I wouldn't need a reason to attend the Pacific Classic, I go every year, but she would definitely add some panache to the race.
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.
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