A Gleam, Delaware Oaks & Greenwood Cup recap

by TCI 2 years ago

Jon & Joel recap the weekend stakes action and tell you which winners are likely to have the biggest impact on this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Fresh off the Princess Rooney (G1) and A Gleam (G2), they also launch a TCI Top 5 for the Filly & Mare Sprint division.

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TCI Top 5 Filly & Mare Sprinters

Rank Name Comments
1 Groupie Doll The fastest of the group and doesn’t have to take her track with her; Hock setback is concerning
2 Musical Romance Champ is back in top form and will again be a primary contender in this division
3 Broadway’s Alibi Has shown brilliance and plenty of class this year; Needs to return soon from minor setback
4 Turbulent Descent Been dominant in California, but she may have her toughest tests ahead now on the East Coast
5 Contested Fell apart in Mother Goose, but still very talented from 7-8 panels; Baffert lethal at SA

through 7/16/2012

Discussion

  • Joe Polander

    Joel – On the topic of the BC Marathon. I agree Redeemed is a quality horse. But I also agree in the Greenwood he had to work in the stretch to get the win. He could be a beatable, but definetely bet-able horse on BC Day. I also like Dhaamer in the BC Marathon. This horse recently won a turf race with Julien Leparaoux aboard. Dhaamer in April had a race over the SA track in a 1 1/2 mile stakes race and only lost by 1/2 length while closing. A horse I will be watching as a possible live longshot previously won a win an youre in BC Marathon race. This horse is Calidoscopio. This horse won a race in Argentina while travelling in dead last most of the race. He did his best running at the top of the stretch where he blew by the leader to win by open lengths. Calidoscopio was full of run that day and would surely be a big price come BC marathon day.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Joe, I agree the Tokyo makes a lot of sense as a key race for the Marathon due to the facts that it gives us a graded stakes example of who can win at a marathon distance on the SA dirt. The Cougar II at Del Mar is on my radar too in terms of finding out some of the best marathon contenders locally in California later this summer as we’re approaching the Breeders’ Cup.

      Dhaamer did close well at SA and is in tremendous form at that distance. And judging by his all-weather track win at Lingfield early in his career in Europe, one would think he’ll like the Del Mar Polytrack and perhaps be the horse to beat in that Cougar II Handicap.

      It’s hard for me to speak about Calidoscopio at this point. I don’t know much about him other than he’s never raced outside of Argentina. We’ll see! I’m sure we’ll get some North American horses that fell short in the Classic picture that will also make this division more inriguing… perhaps Stay Thirsty, Atigun and Ruler On Ice — three horses on the board in the Belmont Stakes the last two years :)


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