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Classic Considerations

Gorella won in her trademark style over the weekend (although Karen’s Caper looked very sharp indeed) and now seems much more likely for the Mile after George Washington’s defection to the Classic. The Mile will still be a tough race — Aussie Rules was very impressive in his last win and Aragorn is a fine horse, but I am always a fan of a filly against the boys and it means I can still root for Ouija Board in the F&M Turf.

As for George Washington in the Classic…why not? I have to agree with the Independent in that we should applaud Coolmore for taking a shot (even if it is motivated by what seems to be more of a point-scoring rivalry than a desire to see the best horses face off against one another). And it’s nice to see Flower Alley back in the Classic picture (he was my pick last year), even if he may not be at the top of his game. I hope David Junior makes it to the starting gate as well and there are some other legitimate contenders, along with some horses I can only assume are there for the fourth-place payout. I’m still looking for a good performance from Lava Man, even if he is out of his California comfort zone — but on paper it continues to look like Bernardini’s race to lose.

In other news, the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit took place at Keeneland on Monday..let’s hope it’s the start of something useful. In related Barbaro news, the Washington Post has a great article with new photos, and there are shorter ones here and here. I’ll have to get a print copy of Bellwether later this week…

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