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Breeders' Cup 2017

Vyjack Seeks to Regain Form in Jim Dandy

Rather than give Vyjack one final work before Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy, trainer Rudy Rodriguez decided to break from routine.


Winner of the Grade 2 Jerome and Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack over the winter, Vyjack has breezed three times since his eighth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. Most recently, he went five furlongs in 1:00 at Saratoga on July 16, his second straight bullet work.


“He had a nice open gallop [Sunday], so I think we should be in good shape,” Rodriguez said Monday morning. “I worked him a little bit before the [Kentucky] Derby, I worked him a little bit before the Belmont, now I’m cutting back a little bit. I just wanted to change things up a little bit, maybe give him another couple days rest, and maybe he’ll give us a good race.”


The 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy will be the first start since the Belmont for Vyjack, the gelded bay son of Into Mischief who ran 18th of 19 in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 after suffering his first career loss in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. In the Wood, he was third, beaten just a length by Verrazano.


Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, graded stakes winners Code West, Freedom Child, Looking Cool, Moreno and Will Take Charge, along with Mylute, fifth in the Derby and third in the Preakness, are also eyeing the Jim Dandy, Saratoga’s local prep for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers here on August 24.


“If he shows up, I think he can compete with these horses,” Rodriguez said. “If he doesn’t, then we’ve got to regroup and maybe back off, give him two or three months on the farm and bring him back fresh. He’s a gelding, so we don’t need to squeeze everything out of him.”




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opening the discussion to the valves of Houston nontheless
TM...friendly advice...eliminate the word "backdoor". Just setting yourself up...just saying..
also, the 9 furlong circumference of the Saratoga oval projects much more speed than the slightly slower Belmont surface...Deep late movers do not do well on the main at Saratoga.
laz,and you thought i was not serious about the back door. i can't blame you pal.you were not part of this post.getting to crowded.a bid you guys adieu
There is a huge difference between a colt regaining FORM and being placed in an easier context. Vyjack was way over his head the last two times, and his predicted FAR OUT OF IT style not working just followed the predicted pace pressures of the styles of the other colts in those contests.
Holy Bull and Chief's Crown could not get 10 furlongs in May but did accomplish it in August of their three year old season.
you to crown
Most of them are still developing...I think most horses peak at 4 and 5.
I personally think Palice Malice is still developing. Good luck to you and your wagers.
I am not looking to score big in this race. I probably will not wager more than $2.00 on a win. I am more interested in the race just as a fan of the sport and the horse. He's my sentimental pick because he earned me a large chunk of change in the Belmont. TC and BC are generally the only races I wager a substantial amount or expect a substantial amount of winnings from.
crown that is the great part of racing, unless you have a financial interest .by that i mean ,betting on 1 horse or having multiples on your tickets.you can root for whoever you want. for any horse not only in this field and the haskell and eventually the Travers. Unless you step up your game to another level,you are done.If you are expecting to see the same 3 yos' that raced in the triple crown ,people are mistaken.all of them have matured mentally and physically with the time off and the season of their being.Look at the last 12 or so winners of this race.the winner in most cases were horses that had little if any impact in their respective triple crown races. The key word is development.Bullet works and complimentary comments by trainers and horsemen are great Buut come this weekend we will all find out who made the step forward.If you want to root for palace malice,all the power to you.me personally,i have a personal rooting interest in vyjack.but do not mistake that for my real reason of liking this game.it is the financial rewards thru the windows.so if for any reason i see that vyjack will not be winning the race at the top of the stretch.trust me my friend ,i will be rooting for the horse that will be giving me my best return financially.regardless if it is palace malice,WTC or MYlute or any other i wind up using.that is how i will determine who i will be rooting for in the stretch.
I like WTC, much more than VYJACK but I am going with and rooting for PALICE MALICE.
there you go again sword.you are speaking in terms of logic.aforeign concept to some.
Isn't the last two statement contradicting them self? One can use the same logic and say Palace Malice/Verrazano or whom ever will win unless the deteriorate?
Jay, I'll tell Palace Malice what you said :), agree with travel_vic. Vyjack will not win this race or even compete unless he improves dramatically.
Unless there is some RADICAL improvement in this one, or the field comes out in wheelchairs, I would bet against him
I hear you there tm.
that is all you can ask jay. the rest falls in the category of racing luck
Man, tm...I'm a HUGE WTC fan! I hope him and Vyjack run real big in the Jim Dandy.
What is going on jay. by the sound of it,you are a very big Why Take Charge fan. He ran huge at Oaklawn when he ran down his more famous stablemate. unfortunately for him,timing was not on his side. by that i mean ,he had a growth spurt at the wrong time.in between his win and the arkansas derby. That is why Lukas was being so quiet.amazing the balls on fans to question him.the guy only won x amount of derbys,breeders cup and graded races.yet he was disrespected in public.it was nobodys buisiness to know the truth.the only ones entitled were his owners. so he kept quiet and tried to play it by ear.it took him a little bit to get back on his feet.hopefully for you and all other WTC fans he is back. personally he is a very serious contender this saturday.unlike many,i am not one of the belief that the game has passed D Wayne Lukas by.trust me ,the Preakness was not a fluke ,and his strong encore in the belmont stakes did not result because of sheer luck.something tells me that Mr. Lukas has been pointing for the summer races.That my friend in my eyes makes him a serious contender.good luck to you if you are rooting for him.

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