Perhaps a drop back to state-bred competition is in order. I'm glad they gave him a chance to test his mettle and even if he really isn't good enough for open company, I was a bit surprised to see that this was the magnitude of him not being up to it. Sure I didn't think this would be a California Chrome redux but I really thought he would have acquitted himself nicely.There is a nice Cal-bred filly named Pacific Heat who actually won the Evening Jewel stakes for state-breds after the SA Derby who has shown a similar pattern. Dominant amongst CA breds but can't hold her own against open company, she has comeback after open company defeats to win impressively. Just as Pacific Heat, I sure hope he isn't completely "done"
Glad to see him back in the winner's circle by taking the San Juan today.
Also love that he can ship no problem. He dominates at home but his two biggest wins came on the road so far.
Excellent performance! Continues to answer every question thrown at him with authority.
Dis he have an off step at the break? I haven't seen a head-on but from the pan shot he definitely looked like he broke outward in the San Felipe.
Terrible trip. Looked loaded and ready to blow it open. Hope he can find his momentum next time.
Perhaps, he was an X Factor, though I still thought he'd put up a fight against this field.Mor Spirit & Exaggerator, while good, haven't especially caught my eye.
Never looked like he was into it today, no response. Half mile to go I could tell it wasn't going to be his day. Hope he's ok.
Hope he finds himself again next year if he's brought back. Sad to see him crash like he did late in the season.
I'm more surprised that Able Friend is still ahead of Solow. Solow obliterated Able Friend at Royal Ascot.
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