Sky Kingdom tries marathon in Tokyo City Cup

3/22/2013 6:00 PM
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Saturday's 7th race (3:35pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is the Grade III Tokyo City Cup for 4-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a half on the main track. 

#2 Sky Kingdom (9-2) has never been beyond a mile and a sixteenth but is out of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and dam sire Kingmambo was responsible for 1999 Belmont hero Lemon Drop Kid. He relaxes nicely around two turns and that bodes well for his chances in this marathon. He has won twice here for Garcia/Baffert and can move forward 3rd off the shelf

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#4 Oilisblackgold (7-2) has won his last two dirt routes. He earned a big number here Feb. 24 and was flattered when runn-up Blueskiesnrainbows returned to win easily yesterday. I am not sure how far he wants to go but he was always well regarded and has finally figured out how to win.  

#6 Calidoscopio (7-2) won the G2 BC Marathon last year so this 12f journey should be a walk in the park. The long winded 10yo horse won his last off the shelf and should be finding his best stride late. 

#8 Dhaamer (5-2) just missed in this event off a layoff last year under today's rider Bejarano. Mitchell's classy gelding is probably better on turf.

#5 Richard's Kid (9-2) used to be this good but the 8yo horse has dropped six straight and appears to have lose a step or two. He hasn't been the same since leaving Baffert's barn.

The Plays:

$16 to win #2

$4 Exacta Box 2-4 ($8)

$4 Exacta 2-4/6-8 ($16)

analysis by Jarrod Horak

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Older Comments about Sky Kingdom tries marathon in Tokyo City Cup...

PACE, the final arbriter of ANY race can, and often does, allow a horse of shorter potential, to win longer. CLASSIC case was Olden Times in the San Juan Capistrano and it happens in lesser ways each day and every race track in the world: One horse is alone on the lead, slows it down, and nobody comes to pressure him...Comes the lane and this one is still fresh and no one can catch him....Old effective scenario
Nice..thanks for the picks!
So much for the breeding naysayer>>Well cashed!!!
So much for the breeding naysayer>>Well cashed!!!
Sky Kingdom relished the marathon distance as expected and Oilisblackgold was second best. That one worked out well.
Thanks for the news, Goblin. If he doesn't run, the price on my #8 will go down to 9-5 or 8-5!!!! Ugh!
I just heard on HRTV that Calidoscopio has a quarter crack and might not run. They will make a decision soon.
Contenders before scratches: #1, 2, 4. The #1 and #2 are both improving horses and are legitamate contenders to win. #8 Dhamer (favorite) is legitamate, but I will try to beat him with the #4 Oil Is Black Gold (7/2). This one has the best times of the bunch and will probably try to take them wire to wire...which is the way a lot of these marathons are won. Of course, the question is can he hold off the big time closers. I will bet him if they let him go at 5/1 or better and take exactas with the #4/1, 2, 8. Good luck!!!
Personally, I have to stick with BC Marathon winner Calidoscopio on top of Dhaamer.
Hey, Jarrod. I like, in order, 8-6-5-2.... Good luck!
Contenders: 8 Dhaamer (IRE) 5 Richard's Kid 4 Oilisblackgold 6 Calidoscopio (ARG