Let’s look back at some of the big races from last weekend, and some of the races we looked at here.
This weekend looks a little quiet (though Songbird runs, against an incredibly weak field, in the Delaware Handicap on Saturday) before Saratoga opens on July 21st, and then Monmouth will run the Haskell on July 30th.
We’ll have a post later today on Saturday’s Kent Stakes at Delaware, where we like a horse to upset Frostmourne, the Penn Mile winner.
Will Oscar Performance face more pace pressure in the Belmont Derby?
Well, we thought the answer would be yes. It was an emphatic no, and he wired the field. We were also a little skeptical of him getting 10 furlongs, which he did here, but obviously was aided by circumstances. Good Samaritan, our pick, ran well in a race that featured a final half mile in 45.87 seconds. If Oscar Performance goes to the Del Mar Derby instead of the Secretariat (as is possible), Good Samaritan might be the one to beat in that race. 3-1 Yoshida was a little disappointing, pressing the moderate pace and fading late, but he might be better going a little shorter.
Can Matt King Coal wire the Suburban?
We were pretty sure Shaman Ghost would be almost unbeatable in there, but he had to chase Matt King Coal, who stopped in the lane, and Keen Ice ran maybe the best race of his life to win. He’s off to the Whitney, which, at nine furlongs, suits him a lot less than the ten furlongs of the Suburban.
Will Sistercharlie run back to her French Oaks in the Belmont Oaks?
Not quite, but she ran very well, making the wide run and just missing to New Money Honey, who got the jump on her. Uni had a little traffic on the backstretch (1:00 mark) and maybe a touch more rallying on the inside, but angled around the tiring Dynatail and overall had an excellent trip. Coasted and Beau Recall, our two price ideas, had their chances but just weren’t good enough.
By the way, Chad Brown ran 1-2-3 in this race, the first time it’s happened in a US Grade 1 in 20 years!
Can Tricky Escape get the distance in the Dick Memorial?
We asked that here, and she ran pretty well, relenting only in the last furlong, finding the going a bit too far. But Tricky Escape is still one to keep an eye on off a terrible trip in the Eatowntown at Monmouth in early June.
Who was the best horse to run last weekend? That would be Mind Your Biscuits.
Our Sunday Monmouth picks were terrible though Abundant Faith had some trouble early. Still, she did no running in the lane.