Interesting comments from Barry Irwin. Looks like he wants to go for being the first horse to win G1 races on all three surfaces in the same year before returning to Churchill for the Classic. Arlington Million as a 3YO is certainly ambitious, that's been won by a 3YO just once.
I was hoping he'd say Travers.
He'll be forced into the Travers if Animal doesn't win.
With the horses who come from behind, there is no way to predict who will accept this slop and keep moving forward.
Keeping their faces clean will be the goal of the closing jocks
Winner and Stay Thirsty were in the clear 2nd and 3rd all the way around, never getting splashed. Brilliant Speed was clearly the best of the closers as he put in a big run nearing the stretch and continued on gamely. He was broadcasting his readiness in the post parade. Shackleford needs a much overdue rest.
Be interesting how they now handle Animal Kingdom moving forward.
I think Irwin's announced plan is by the boards as he'll never get top 3rd old that way.
My wife had Ruler on Ice, she bet 6 bucks and won 90.
I put a few bets in throughout the day totaling around 90 and got zip.
Worst part - my 10 cent Super was 1,3,5,6. For a split second when I saw Nehro get up for 4th I thought I had it, then saw no red and realized it was over. Thaaat close to 7 grand, though if Master of Hounds hit it would've "only" been 4 or 5 grand. Still hurts when you manage to beat the favorites but with the wrong horses.
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Unrivaled Belle broke her withers when she fell backward waiting to be saddled for Saturday's Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park and was subsequently retired from racing, her connections announced early Saturday evening.
Trainer Bill Mott said he guessed immediately that Unrivaled Belle had broken her withers and X-rays taken back at the barn confirmed his suspicions. While Mott said he has had horses return to the races and win following such an injury, there isn't enough time remaining in the year to get Unrivaled Belle back. She was going to be retired at year's end.
"If she were a gelding you'd give her six months off and she'd come back and she'd be fine,'' Mott said. "By the time you give her the time to heal up the year's going to be over. We've had horses do that before, it's not an uncommon injury. I've had horses come back and win races before, I had horses come back and win a stake.''
Unrivaled Belle has been known to be difficult in the paddock and on the track prior to her races. Mott expressed frustration over what he felt was an inordinate amount of time Unrivaled Belle was in the paddock before the tack was brought out.
"It took so long to bring the saddles out, if we came in the paddock and the saddles were there and put the saddle on her I could have handed her over to the pony,'' said Mott, who had made arrangements to have Unrivaled Belle be led out from the paddock to the track first. "We walked and walked, and the longer we walked the more buzzed up she got. It's one thing to wait five minutes, but why should you have to wait any longer than that?''
Unrivaled Belle, a 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song owned and bred by Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler, won 6 of 14 starts, including four stakes, highlighted by last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic victory at Churchill Downs.
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