It's the "next to" part that is a concern for Chrome. He does not have the options that most horses have with a less than perfect break.
...And he may remain so...as long as he stays at Belmont!
Except for a maiden win at Gulfstream, he's not proven otherwise.
I'd say that putting together the 1 1/4 mi. PC and the race he ran in the AA on dirt, there is little or no reason for doubt. 'Getting' the distance does not mean winning at the distance. It means not tiring at the distance. If he decides to run head to head with the speed, no, he will not get it. Neither will Chrome. If he runs his usual tactical race, it is a non-issue.
So you think Bayern and Shared Belief are affected by pace in the same way? You yourself are saying they are not. There are at least three different dimensions that separate them, Hannah.
lol...the 'big boys', eh!...
And who have the 'big boys' been playing with!!...
NONE of them have won going a mile and a quarter at Santa Anita either...in a 14 horse field...in a BCC...and between 5:30 and 5:45 PM!!!...
That's assuming a lot! You make it sound easy. Those are high expectations from a jock who was at least half of Chrome's problems in his last two races and a horse who's yet to show he's still interested in racing more than working out, although I believe he will. And all depends on how he comes out of the gate. A bad break and he's going to have to be hustled or taken back either with a wide trip or dirt in his face.
Shared Belief has shown that he has no problem staying covered up. As for the mile and a quarter, like I said, his race doesnt begin until Mike sets him down!
Final work at GG is tomorrow (28th). Then he ships out. Should arrive early Wed. morning.
If he breaks well, he should have no problem holding good position after Bayern crosses in front of him. The three path behind the speed would be ideal.
Just read the article. Seems that about 90% of the comments are blasting DAP, not just Ed.
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