Here's a rundown of the field for the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with reasons each contender could get the money... and why they might not.
With the final round of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps underway, so begins the usual analysis of top contenders--Are they good enough?--Will they get the distance? read blog
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Undefeated in three starts, including a solid win in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), Wicked Style has now achieved prominence as one of the favorites for the upcoming Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the title of champion juvenile male. But his greater significance may lie in his importance to the stud career of his sire, Macho Uno. Now third on the freshman sire list, Macho Uno stands as the heir apparent not only to his own sire, Holy Bull, but to an old American line which has managed to stay alive against all odds for over a century.
- By Ron Mitchell
The marathon Keeneland September yearling sale did not lose any momentum by taking a day off Sept. 14, with the following sessions on Saturday and Sunday continuing the upward tick shown during the "open" sessions of the auction.
Ten years figures to be long enough to assess the impact of some of the top-priced yearlings at the 1997 Keeneland September sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
The trend seen at Saratoga more horses offered and sold at lower average prices sounds a clarion call that innovation is needed to attract and retain new Thoroughbred owners.
There simply are too many highly regarded horses with near-identical running styles to get a good read on this race, which is one of the most puzzling in memory.
This weekend's big Derby prep extravaganza looks pretty clear cut on paper, with Empire Maker, Peace Rules, Badge of Silver, Eugene's Third Son, Region of Merit, Man Among Men, and Aristocat expected to dominate the three races. But don't ignore several others, including one D. Wayne Lukas.
You can handicap the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races all you want, and you're still going to come away befuddled. There's simply too many good horses who can win, and very few horses with major weaknesses who can be dismissed. What we're going to attempt is to point out longshots who might be huge overlays, and horses who have impressed us with their training and their appearance.
OK, so you don't like Point Given, who by the way handled himself very well Thursday morning on his first excursion around Belmont Park, except for some typical gawking during his gallop. That's fine, as there is plenty to choose from.
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