2017 Ark Derby – Post Race

Track playing fast.

Classic Empire was settled further off the early lead as compared to his last few efforts. He was between horses for the first half of the race down on the back side, was eased back and around to commence his drive and slowly moved into contention turning for home. Battled with the leader (Conquest Mo Money)  into the stretch and wrangled the lead midstretch to win in the late stages. This race surely marks Classic Empire as one of the favorites in Kentucky and for good reason. He showed a lot of fire through the stretch and he turned in a solid finishing fraction of :12 2/5ths. Also seems to be peaking now!

Conquest Mo Money turned in a dynamite race as he battled on the lead for much of the race and was still there battling in the late stages to earn the place spot. Not sure if he gets better off this effort because it seemed like the type of effort that will tax a horse considering his next start. Perhaps the works heading into the Derby will give us a better idea. One thing is for sure and that is Mo can rattle. He has heart and tenacity and although he is not nominated to the Kentucky Derby he can be the main challenger at the Preakness!

Overall, this Derby prep was the fastest finish of any of the Derby preps as the winner finished in :12 seconds which makes me think that there is a very good chance that the Derby winner is coming out of this race and perhaps horses like Looking at Lee and even Soneteer can hit the board to finish some great payouts!

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2017 Lexington Post Race

Track playing fast

Senior Investment ran a very strong race as he came from well out of it to get up in the last stride to outfinish West Coast. Thrilling finish however the final time and finishing fraction was slow as the final 1/16th was run in :6 4/5ths which makes me feel that the winner of the Kentucky Derby is not coming out of this field.

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2017 Santa Anita Derby Post Race

Track Playing Fast

Gormley surprised many and rated off the fast early pace as he was back in 4th position to start, got wrangled off a horse in front of him at the half, then made a sharp move to pick up the early leaders turning for home and fired down the stretch to pull away for the victory. Great effort however the last part of the race was kind of slow which might mean that getting 1 1/4 miles right now might be a reach?

Battle of Midway got off to a quick early start as he was on the early engine and was still on the lead turning for home. He showed guts s he battled to midstretch before weakening late. With just 3 races under his belt going into this race it’s quite clear he has talent but getting a longer distance right now seems tough to have confidence in him doing.

Royal Mo pressed the early pace and then battled for the lead all the way to midstretch before weakening late. A very gutsy effort and has a lot of talent but not sure he can battle a quicker early pace and get a longer distance right now.

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2017 Wood Memorial Post Race

The Wood Memorial – Track Playing Fast

Irish War Cry showed more patience in the early going by sitting off the early lead back in 4th position as the pace was fair, slowly got closer the the leader by the half,  wrangled the lead away just past the 1/8th pole and opened up several lengths to the wire. Have to believe the softer early pace made a big difference in Irish having fire in the stretch along with the early patience he showed at the start. He is bred to go long and if he can rate further off the early pace he should be a factor at the finish in Kentucky.

Battalion Runner led under honest early splits and just couldn’t match strides with the winner through the stretch. Not sure if he can handle a longer distance right now in Kentucky.

 

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2017 Blue Grass – Post Race

The Blue Grass – Track playing fast.

McCracken was racing in 4th position between horses about 3 wide and dropped back suddenly on far turn when another rival moved up on his outside and got in front of him. McCracken eventually made up ground and launched a bid about 7-wide turning for home. Was able to get up to 3rd position midstretch but flattened out late.  McCraken was in off a 55 day break so he can be forgiven for flattening out late especially when considering that he was between horses early and had to regroup after getting shuffled back on far turn. His works might be a tipoff to how he does in Kentucky.

Practical Joke was stalking off the early lead, moved to contention on final turn but couldn’t match strides with the winner through entire stretch.

Irap was able to sit just off a soft early lead, pushed to the front by the 3/4′s mark and held sway to the wire. Not sure he can go longer especially if the pace is faster.

Tapwrit got off to a sluggish start as he seemed unprepared and raced well back early and didn’t show much fire. Not sure why he was so dull and not sure if he will fire his best going to Kentucky. Seeing how he trains and works will be key.

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