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Tuesday Round-up

I would encourage you to look at our Hymn to Einstein from yesterday; his victory was by far my racing highlight of the year so far. Gio Ponti and Ventura battling it out for the Kilroe Mile was quite exciting as well – but today, our main focus will be on the 3-year-olds.

Like Dana, I wonder why so many media outlets (and, indeed, her owners) were so down on Stardom Bound’s win in the Santa Anita Oaks. The game filly had to overcome an extremely wide trip, a slightly peculiar ride by jockey Mike Smith and not insubstantial knocking around in the stretch – and yet she still managed to pour it on at the end to win – it was a stellar effort, in my opinion. If anything, that one race probably gave her more of a test of character (and strength) than any of her male counterparts have experienced so far this season – certainly
not a bad thing if a Derby run is being considered. It seems like it’s off the table now, though – she’s being pointed to the Ashland next. Nevertheless, I’m leaving her on my top ten list for the moment –
frankly, her ‘barely there’ victory impressed me a lot more than
anything Old Fashioned has done so far this season (but more of that
tomorrow).

‘Impressive’ is also an appropriate word for I Want Revenge; he
certainly proved that his second to Pioneerof the Nile was no fluke as
he demolished the field in the Gotham. While I am no fan of his
trainer, Jeff Mullins (I share neither his taste in milkshakes nor
bling), I Want Revenge marked himself as a legitimate Derby contender.
The producers of ‘Jockeys’ must have been thrilled – their young star,
Joe Talamo, has a live Derby mount – just as they are likely getting a
second season. I hope they had an HD camera on hand at Aqueduct.

Given those efforts, here’s the Superfecta Derby Top Ten for this week:

1) Pioneerof the Nile
2) The Pamplemousse
3) Old Fashioned
4) Friesan Fire
5) I Want Revenge
6) Quality Road
7) Chocolate Candy
8) Stardom Bound
9) Patena
10) Hello Broadway

Check back tomorrow for more on this weekend’s full plate of Derby preps
– The Louisiana Derby, the San Felipe, the Rebel and the Tampa Bay Derby
are all almost here.

1 comment to Tuesday Round-up

  • Eddie D.

    I agree that Stardom Bound’s effort was good (great even) from a “she did what it took to win” perspective.

    Showing that kind of heart and determination to win is what separates the good from the great.

    Still, I don’t think she’s good enough to cash a check in this year’s Derby given the strength of the boys this year.

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