JC / Railbird

Tuesday Links

– Summer countdown: 35 days to Del Mar, 42 to Saratoga.
– Curlin breezed an easy half mile in :49 flat at Churchill on Monday, in his final prep for the upcoming Stephen Foster. After grousing over the 128 impost and making vague threats about withdrawing the reigning Horse of the Year from the race, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed yesterday afternoon that Curlin would start on Saturday: “Not running would be an injustice to him” (Courier-Journal).
– So true: “No matter how dominating a horse may look in a key prep race, or in a previous Triple Crown race, the ultra competitive spring classics provide no tolerance for any interruption of training” (DRF+).
– Trainer Rick Dutrow feels like a loser, scapegoats his jockey. (More discussion of Kent Desormeaux’s Belmont ride and the developing conflict among the connections here, here, here, and here.) Meanwhile, IEAH president Michael Iavarone is talking about the Haskell as a possible next start for Big Brown: “I know we’d get favorable conditions on a track that is more to our liking” (NYT).
– Zaftig, who won the Acorn most impressively under a handride after John Velazquez lost his whip mid-stretch, will point to the Mother Goose, where she could meet up with Oaks victress Proud Spell and up-and-comer Music Note.


I don’t know, if Iavarone thinks Belmont was a Beach on Saturday then Saratoga is going to appear to him to be the gnarliest quicksand in the world. Don’t think it matters, really, since it’s unlikely that BB will ever see another race.
Benny The Bull didn’t ‘like the track’ because he was running against the bias and still won. The only dirt race on the card where that was the case.
Gotta wonder what these people see or what I’m not seeing. The best stewards report is often your own eyes.

Posted by o_crunk on June 10, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

“The only dirt race on the card where that was the case.”
Forefathers came from off the pace along the inside and…http://www.drf.com/drfPDFChartRacesIndexAction.do?TRK=BEL&CTY=USA&DATE=20080607&RN=5

Posted by Ernie on June 10, 2008 @ 2:34 pm