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Classic Empire, Cloud Computing, Always Dreaming and the other big boy three year olds are making their summer plans. With the division still wide open on paper, these decisions and the ensuing results will go a long way in establishing the champion three year old. If you want to just fast forward, read by past thoughts about Cloud Computing before The Preakness, and therein the answer lies.
There is no question Richard Migliore brought a lot of game to the NYRA broadcast. Admittedly I do have an issue with “analysts” using phrases like I’m going with so and so because ………and don’t actually wager but that is a pet peeve for another day. What’s for today is anyone who was around when “The Mig” was brought around the track and went to work and was started by Steve DiMauro knows his nickname “The Mig” stemmed from his last name Migliore. Where Bloodhorse who I am a fan and supporter of came up with the Russian Fighter story is an example of hiring young inexperienced people who don’t really know the game. It’s simply not what happened. Nonetheless The Mig will be missed.
Gun Runner as expected made short work of an overmatched field in the Stephen Foster and won wire to wire and throttled down at the finish. While cementing his spot as a very serious racehorse, he remains second best to Arrogate. The Stephen Foster is a win and you are in for The Breeders’ Cup Classic.
It made all the sense in the world for this to settle. Derby Wars is making money, using Stronach races, you gotta pay. No free rides.
I am not sure many thought Mor Spirit would turn into a top miler when he was on The Triple Crown trail, but it seems that is exactly what happened. He humbled The Met Mile field, albeit not one of the best Met fields we’ve seen, but he did it the right way and has really come around. Bob sure knows how to get the best out of them.
I took a lot of heat taking a stand with Tapwrit on a large Pick 6 ticket in The Kentucky Derby. Mindful The Belmont was a different race, on a different day, and run under different conditions, I can’t help feeling some vindication. I know this horse was capable of taking one of The Triple Crown Classics after seeing him in the Sam Davis when he was second to McCracken. There is just something about being right in this game and making it count at the windows. If you attended our Belmont webinar odds are you made it count too.
Gun Runner looks like a stand out in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs, but one has to ask themselves if he is a possible bounce candidate off his big second to Arrogate in The Dubai World Cup. We have seen horses need a race or some extra time after that trip, and possibly even more so after such a big effort over a closer friendly track that was tiring. he may just be too good, and may have had enough time, but the question in legitimate.
Epicharis waited a long time and traveled pretty far to run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Now it looks like he might not run, or if he does it won’t be under optimum circumstances. Epicharis according to Veterinary records is being treated for lameness. That is exactly what you do not want to hear going into The Test of Champions at a mile and a half.
Classic Empire, the likely post time favorite for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes will miss the race with an abscess in his right front. This is the same abscess that bothered Classic Empire after The Holy Bull back at Gulfstream and forced him to miss another prep race for The Kentucky Derby back in Hallandale. Classic Empire had a troubled trip in The Derby, and ran a big second in The Preakness. I was concerned about the three hard races in a row (Arkansas Derby), and thought he was a play against in The Belmont because of it. The abscess could pop in time for him to possibly run, but with a long year ahead, and Team Casse being the kind of horsemen they are, they will give the colt time, which never hurts.
Arrogate is likely for The San Diego at Del Mar this summer, followed by The Pacific Classic later in the meet then the Breeders’ Cup Classic run later this tear and also at Del Mar. It looks like his next three races, quite possibly his last three races will be at ole Del Mar.