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Yes, He Can!

On occasion, I like horses to prove me wrong. Colonel John did just that in the Travers, demonstrating that not only could he run on a conventional dirt track, he could do so after a tough stretch run and against a determined competitor. I wish the finish had been a micron closer, however, because Mambo in Seattle’s effort was certainly equally worthy of the winner’s circle (and a dead heat in such a big race would have been a lot of fun).

It’s hard to evaluate the rest of the field, given how rough things got – everyone has a built-in excuse, with poor Macho Again getting the worst of it and coming out of the race with a limp. It’s easy to point out that the time was not particularly stellar (indeed, it could be described as downright pokey), but it was still an exciting finish – and at least both of these horses should turn up for the Breeders’ Cup, with Colonel John likely training up to the big day. The Super Derby or Jockey Club Gold Cup are both on the table for Mambo in Seattle – it would certainly be something for the horse to meet older horses only one outing after his first graded stakes race.

Visionaire’s out-of-nowhere victory in the King’s Bishop further cemented his status as a real threat as a sprinter/miler. His last-to-first burst of speed reminds me a bit of the mighty little mare Megahertz (who is currently in foal to Street Cry, by the way), who was always such fun to watch. They may have had just the one running style, but it certainly works. I did find this interesting snipping regarding Visionaire’s recent run of good luck:

The Grade 1 victory also enhances Visionaire’s value as a stallion, although retirement is clearly far down the road after his impressive victory.

Wait, horses who are doing well stay in training longer? Someone had better circulate that memo post-haste, since it seems more than a few owners have missed it. More on the rest of the weekend (including the Pacific Classic) after some quality TiVo time…

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