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Questions Remain

The Tampa Bay Derby was certainly a great race; both Street Sense and Any Given Saturday showed a lot of determination. But did it take too much out of Street Sense? That’s certainly been the rumor going around, which seems to have been backed up somewhat by his trainer:

We got tired, we got empty, but looking at him, it’s probably what we needed,” Carl Nafzger, the trainer of Street Sense, said Monday. “He was fit going in, but he got the extra depth and fitness he needed. He might have needed a race like that to get ready for the Blue Grass.”

Perhaps he did get something out of it rather than leaving it all on the track — but there are other clues (beyond that long layoff, of course) that Street Sense might be the delicate type. Naturally, it’s all speculation at this point.

Cobalt Bule and Curlin looked good in their races — given the competition — but that’s not enough yet to sell me on either one of them. They ran respectable numbers but nothing earth-shattering; obviously they don’t want to pull a Bellamy Road and knock it out of the park too early in the year (or too early in his career full stop for Curlin), but their figures still put them mid-pack at best in my opinion.

There’s a nice article on Hard Spun today as he preps for the Lane’s End; he’s certainly been training well lately (he seems to love the Polytrack) but I wonder if he wouldn’t be more impressive on turf:

Hard Spun trained earlier in his career over a synthetic surface at Fair Hill, Md., and over grass at Sharp Farm. Being by Danzig, he has a pedigree for turf, which often translates well to Polytrack. “If he doesn’t perform well on Polytrack, it could be that maybe he’s not good enough,” Jones said.

I think we’ll see a better race than his last time out, but his figures have never been anything outstanding on dirt. However, that does not mean he might not mature into a nice turf miler. It would be interesting to see him go in that direction. It might be less a case of ‘not good enough’ and more of ‘not the ideal surface.’

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (quietly) — Great Hunter is still my PA-bred pick — legal issues notwithstanding!

Finally, in case you missed the big news, Barbaro has miraculously appeared in Cheeto form on eBay. I’ll make no further comment on that.

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