In my opinion, Shared Belief is such a strong runner that he could have made a move that propelled him into contention for the win, even with the poor start. Who knows how he would have been doing after the race, though? Luckily, Mike Smith put Shared Belief's needs first, and he'll be okay to race another day.
How much did he win by?
Can we just switch the G1 and G2 around in the San Antonio and Santa Anita Handicap this year? As far as quality of field goes, there's a pretty big difference there.
It takes a champion to battle back the way Game on Dude did in the 2011 Big Cap.
Maybe instead of griping about the exact quality of the race, fans can appreciate that two champions actually got together in the same race. That doesn't happen very often. Everyone should be HAPPY, not complaining.
Shared Belief needs to get outside of California first before he can think about going halfway around the world to Dubai. I'd say it's very unlikely.
2 year old taking had become increasingly unimportant. the last four Kentucky Derby winners have had little to no impact racing as two year olds.
I don't think his connections should be too disappointed with this loss. Seven furlongs is too short for him and he still made a nice closing run with the limited time allowed. Just a couple of years ago, Creative Cause ran third in this race as a prep to the San Felipe, which he won. He also put up good showings in the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness Stakes.
HRN still has him listed as a "possible" for the Dubai World Cup, but that seems unlikely. Too bad he's not in the Donn, that would have been a terrific race between himself and Lea.
Read in the Bloodhorse this week about fillies in the Kentucky Derby. Lukas has obviously traveled this road many times before, as referenced in this article. It would be great if Take Charge Brandi ended up another Winning Colors, but hopefully she won't end up like Althea, who won the Arkansas Derby but tired in the Kentucky Derby and was never the same again.
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