JC / Railbird

Much the Best

Mike Watchmaker asks, “Seriously. How good is Forever Together?” (Beware: DRF+ link.) Just watch the Jenny Wiley stretch run for the answer:

Slow pace, late kick: After Kiss With a Twist takes the field through the first six furlongs in 1:17.12, Forever Together makes her move on the outside, going from sixth entering the stretch to a win in less than 30 seconds (with the final sixteenth in :6.13), all under a handride, becoming the latest Breeders’ Cup winner to return successfully this year. It’s going to be fun watching her campaign through the summer and fall …

Zenyatta too, whenever she debuts. The champion worked six furlongs in 1:10.60 on Saturday in prep for her eventual return. A race in May at Hollywood is a possibility, said trainer John Shirreffs, but nothing is set. Whatever the race, it seems safe to say it’ll be the most anticipated of the spring.

Oaks and Derby odds and ends: Ashland winner Hooh Why is under consideration for the Oaks; no decision yet on Stardom Bound, who gets a new rider in Garrett Gomez. Julien Leparoux picks up the mount on General Quarters, replacing rider Eibar Coa for the Derby. (The General gains a little more credibility with that move.) Pioneerof the Nile worked a bullet four furlongs handily in :46.20 at Santa Anita this morning, Papa Clem arrived at Churchill on Tuesday, and @derbyoaks tweeted that West Side Bernie jogged over the track for the first time today. Also on the grounds and out of quarantine, Desert Party and Regal Ransom. The duo will work over the weekend. Terrain is off the trail: “We just feel he’s not quite a Derby horse,” said trainer Al Stall, who said the gelding would be pointed to the Lone Star Derby instead. If only more connections had the restraint. Instead, come Derby day, “8 or 9 certainly won’t belong at Churchill.”

That gives me an idea: Who are five unlikeliest Derby prospects? The horses you think would be better pointing elsewhere? List below in the comments …


I’ll start: 1. Square Eddie 2. Hold Me Back 3. Flying Private 4. Win Willy 5. Giant Oak

Posted by Jessica on April 15, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

Giant Oak for sure is the one that sticks out to me. I Would point this one toward the Colonial 3YO grass races.

Charitable Man another that should have been pointed toward a summer Haskell / Travers campaign.

I think Square Eddie should have been sent back to the other side of the pond after scooping up that G1 at KEE in the fall. Was looking at his pedigree just the other day just to see if he might have a shot on dirt, but it didn’t look like it.

Aside – was looking at those fall 2YO races and the BC Juvy, I don’t think one horse other than Pioneer of The Nile has won since that race. A lot of those 2YO are long faded into irrelevance. Now even moreso that OF is off the trail.

Whatever happened to Cocoa Beach? Thought she arrived big time after taking that grass race at Hollywood and looked to be the one to deny Zenyatta going forward? She hasn’t worked and hasn’t popped up on the formblog’s DL and Godolphin still says she’s being pointed toward a 2009 campaign.

Think she’s the one that’s going to get to Zenyatta.

Posted by o_crunk on April 15, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

Oooh, you better watch it with Hold Me Back. Although, the more you go against … Hold Me Back from the window!! Seriously, he’s my primary sleeper in the field.

And can someone please PLEASE tell me why the Lone Star Derby is scheduled the week between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Last I checked, the Lone Star and the Preakness were Magna properties. No wonder these guys are in bankruptcy. The Lone Star siphons prospects away from the Preakness. If it isn’t a full field for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the brain trust up north.

Posted by John S. on April 16, 2009 @ 10:56 am