Race of the Week 2017

Running With Super Saturday!

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Mucho Macho Man! Who wants some Mucho Macho Man? How awesome was that race? The monstrous son of Macho Uno earned his first grade on in dominating fashion, proving that more than one horse can dominate what the West has to offer. Paynter after a trouble trip finished a courageous second. Watch out for these two if they decide to go to the Classic...

What a day. So many great races it's hard to choose who was the best. But if one held a gun to my head, I'd have to say Princess of Sylmar. What a filly, to beat her elder, Royal Delta, who is a two time champion. A close second was Ron the Greek, who blew away the competion, in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Beholder was a sight to be hold running away from her older rivals in a solid time and in impressive fashion. Gary Stevens hardly moved a muscle on her. She will be hard to beat in a month, in the Distaff. She could make the race tight for championship honors, but her loss in the Oaks, to Princess of Sylmar, gives that one the edge.
Bond Hold, with the same connnections as 2012 Derby winner I'll Have Another, takes the Frontrunner in the a surging finish. Still no decisive leader in this division, in the West, leaving things wide open for either Honor Code or Strong Mandate, should either win the Champagne.
Tiz Flirtatious in a three horse thriller, with Marketing Mix just a nose back in secont. What a scintillating turn of foot. Earlier on, I said Laughing could make it pretty hard for anyone to take the Championship from her...these two could do just that. Prepare for a knock down drag out, slug fest in the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Secret Compass gets there by a nose over She's a Tiger. Fascinating was as fast closing third. Throws the Juvenile filly division into some disarray in California. She's a Tiger looking like she should probably go to the Juvenile Sprint.
RON THE GREEK IS BACK! Palace Malice ran a great race in defeat. He is now king of the three year olds. Ron the Greek ran huge, going back to his Sunshines Millions form. The race shakes up the older male division of the East even more so, as Cross Traffic walked out of the gate, Alpha faded, and Flat Out was well beaten by 3 yr old Palace Malice. On the flip side, Palace Malice takes a short lead in his own divsion, beating Orb, and performing admirably against his elders.
Little Mike, Real Solution, Big Blue Kitten surging on the rail!!! Little Mike still has the lead, Big Blue Kitting coming through with one final rush, and it's Little Mike by a nostirl. Little Mike did most of the dirty work, so take nothing away from that win, but wow what a run by Big Blue Kitten, who had a horrible trip. Had to squeeze through two tiring horses, then squeeze between the rail and Little Mike, as stablemate Real Solution had clear sailing. The top three ran their hearts out, while running lights out, running the 12 furlongs in 2.25 flat. Amazing.
Lauging makes it four in a row with stablemate Tannery a close second. Somali Lemonade a courageous third. Lauging is making a very good case for herself, as champion turf female. Now, onto the Joe Hirsch, and Real Solution and Big Blue Kitten....
Private Zone and Justin Phillip in a nip-tuck, nail-biting finish. The fractions were sizzling from start to finish, Private Zone had every reason to fold, but instead he rerallied against a dead game Justin Phillip. 1.08 flat....but up goes the inquiry sign....does he stay up after his courageous effort?

Graydar tough as nails down the stretch. Fast time, solid fractions. Todd Pletcher is just lighting up the card. First Misconnect, then Princess of Sylmar, now Graydar. Coming back, the big grey doesn't even look tired. He'll be a tough customer in the Breeders Cup dirt Mile.
Graydar has the talent, the speed and the heart, but is that enough to overcome a five month layoff? Jackson Bend looks like he's coming back into form, and we all know that he is not one to underestimate when he's on his game. For the post parade, Graydar is certainly looking sharp. Souper Speedy, might try to take them wire to wire, but does he have the class of Graydar and Jackson Bend....We shall soon see.
Princess of SYLMAR!!!!!! Am i glad to be wrong, wow, wow, wow. This is the best three year old filly since Rachel Alexandra, hands down. Princess of Sylmar is Champion three yar old filly hands down, after this performance. She eye balled a monster, a two-time champion, a two time Breeders Cup champion, and put her away. Simply awesome. Congrats to Todd Pletcher and to Will Hooks!
Speed is holding as they finish up with the fourth at Belmont. Now on to the Beldame, to kick off Super Saturday! With the way this track is playing, I'm thinking Royal Delta breaks on the lead or close and doesn't look back. Princess of Sylmar should be a fast closing second. Lets get ready to RUMMMBBBLLLEEEE!!!

Misconnect breaks his maiden, second asking, at Belmont park. The final time a snappy 1.22.65. He flattered first out winner Honor Code with this win, who will be running in the Champagne Stakes, next week. The first two as the gates opened were the first two to cross the wire. Could be something of note in future sprint races, like the Vosburgh and Kelso, today.



Iron Power wins the opener at Belmont in front running fashion, in 1.20 and change. Turf course is FAST!!! May not be to the best interest of Real Solution or Big Blue Kitten, later on today, but keep in mind that is 12 furlongs, and not seven.



Super Saturday, the most anticipated race day of the fall is finally here, and who among us is not excited to see it? The Grade one Beldame will kick off Belmont’s six graded stakes of the day, that will be capped by an absolutely loaded Jockey Club Gold Cup.
On the left coast, Santa Anita counters back with card that features five grade ones, starting with the Chandelier Stakes and ending with the Awesome Again. Today we will see clashes between divisional leaders Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar; three year old Classic Champions Orb and Palace Malice take on their elders Cross Traffic, Flat Out, and Alpha; The return of Graydar and the Lumber Guy against solid graded stakes winners; Beholder vs Joyful Victory and Authenticity; Paynter vs Mucho Macho Man, and so, so much more.
So far the weather is absolutely perfect for the day. I have my favorites, but I will be waiting to see how the tracks play today before posting my picks race by race, so for now, good luck to everybody and have spectacular Super Saturday!


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Simply amazing race. Take nothing away from either filly. Princess was trained to win here, Royal Delta was sharp, but not ridden to win, as to not get gutted. However, the Princess became a queen today. Fantastic filly.
Knew that the Princess had RD on the turn when she was only 2 lengthes back and the 6F split was 1:10. When Smith had to go to the whip in mid-stretch, the race was over.
Glad for you Tricksy. I didn't think that she was quite ready for Royal Delta yet, but she was amazing today.
i was screaming the whole way.
SHE DID IT - Omg I about died.
Royal Delta, PofS, Centring
i hate dirt racing but i love royal delta and im really looking forward to the belmont card! wooo
I'm in agreement. If anyone can run down the Queen, it will be the Princess.
My sentiments excactly. Nothing against Delta, in fact i won't be rooting against her at all, she is a great race mare, but wouldn't it be great for Princess to step up to that level?
I expect RD to win, but I would love,love,LOVE to see the Princess win.
20 min! Who do you like soso?
My blood pressure is raising by the minute with the anticipation of the Beldame.

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