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02-10-2013, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles View Post
Odd prices. $23 superfecta with Point of Entry winning. That is as low as I have ever seen.

Pletcher said this after the race about his win with Graydar:



Not an impressive ride on Animal Kingdom, Johnny V was some spot on criticism:



http://www.equibase.com/racingnews/article/View.cfm
Regarding Pletcher's quote.
The only way a horse like that wins is on the front end, then run your eyes out.
He probably wouldn't been able to track down much more seasoned horses.
Gulfstream has always been a speed favoring oval with a short stretch.

I watched the turf race on TVG right after it had run.
This was one of those impossible races for a closer like Animal Kingdom to win. The pace was 50 for the half on a rock hard fast turf.
The rider sensed this and moved on the rail. Johnny V saw what was happening and picked up his pace at the exact same time.
Animal Kingdom had no shot with that pace, especially against a 4 time Gr1 winner who had tactical speed.

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