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Picking The Pamplemousse

This weekend’s 3-year-old action comes to us from California and Florida; The Pamplemousse takes on eleven in the Sham Stakes, while the now-shortened Fountain of Youth showcases quite a few Derby hopefuls. I admit I’m most excited about seeing The Pamplemousse (pictured) in action again – there’s always something interesting about him on Mary Forney’s blog (and you have to love trainer Julio Canani’s hat). Here’s hoping for another good effort tomorrow (and an ability to run on real dirt down the line).

The Fountain of Youth seems much more wide open; while my rooting interests will likely involve Capt. Candyman Can (the subject of a nice profile here) and Hello Broadway, I’ll also have an eye on Taqarub. Beethoven and Break Water Edison will have to step up to make it onto my list. Notonthesamepage and the (too?) improved This One’s For Phil strike me as more suited to sprinting – while that may not be a problem here, given that the race was hacked down to a mile, I’m not sure where they fit in the bigger picture.

I was intrigued by owner Paul Pompa’s comment about selling a share of This One’s For Phil (although he’s still the majority owner this time around):

“I’ve had lots of inquiries about the horse, but I wanted to make it simple and go with the right kind of people,” said Pompa. “Jack Mandato is a philanthropist who wants to be in it for the action. Michael Dubb is always one of the leading owners in New York, and we have a relationship since we both own a piece of Stardom Bound.”

It’s easy to read a lot into that if one were so inclined – but in any event, we should have a very interesting race or two this weekend!

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