I don't think this was a mistake. Remember last year Frosted came out of the Travers, where he took it to Pharoah, and won this race in his eighth start of last year.
His pattern this year is just straight up glaring, romping wins on off tracks, duds on dry tracks, dismal Belmont was in between two off track romps. Also, some 3yos are coming into their own and catching up to them.
Needed the race, he was in it until the final 1/8 mile. If they do go onto the Breeders' Cup, the Dirt Mile looks like a better fit for him at this point, the Classic may be too much too soon coming off that small freshening.
Breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking. Turned what was billed as her toughest test to date into a mockery. The best of her class by an incalculable margin.
Proud of her today. Ran a hugely respectable race and easily fended off the other horse(s) some people said she couldn't handle. Honestly, I couldn't believe the amount of people saying she would finish off the board, but then again in the biggest races of her career so far she's always been some sort of underdog - 9/1 in the Kentucky Oaks, 3rd choice in the BC Distaff. Can't wait to see how she will wrap up her sterling career. A mare for the ages.
I wouldn't say a mouse. Sure she lost the Kentucky Oaks, she threw a tantrum in the post parade and still ran her heart out, just got beat by then-upstart 38-1 Princess of Sylmar. As a reigning Eclipse champ she went off at 9-1 yet she finished ahead of Dreaming of Julia, heavily favored and truly overrated and a slew of nice fillies. Injured in the Ogden Phipps yet still beaten only a length and had as good a shot as any in the lane. She loses and people act as if she was outdistanced when describing it, despite the fact that she always turns in a good effort.
He did say exactly that. I read the Bloodhorse write-up and he said he was surprised she was sticking with them. He just misjudged, as many people seemingly did, how good Stellar Wind is.
Yes, but I would still consider her a viable win candidate. This was a good tightener for her and if her workouts continue to be excellent, as they always are, she's got as good a shot to win. Plus, after watching the replay a few times, it feels like this may have been viewed as a prep more than anything as Stevens didn't scrub her for as long as Espinoza did on Stellar Wind who was cranked for this. Stevens' comment that he was surprised they were keeping up is a bit telling that he was overconfident today and was just coasting. Really though, they both ran an excellent race.
I wouldn't be too hasty with that type of declaration. It's not as though Beholder folded fast when headed, she fought to the wire and honestly it looked as though Stevens wasn't asking her for everything, it felt like he rode this as a prep, possibly for the Pacific Classic?
This wasn't a Royal Delta type performance, where her runs in the '13 Beldame & Distaff, as a 5yo, you could see she lost her edge, as the person below out it that was the changing of the guard, there from Royal Delta to Beholder, Close Hatches & Princess of Sylmar.
I'm certain Beholder isn't done yet.
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