Triple Bend and Shoemaker Mile recap

by TCI 2 years ago

After the Triple Bend and on the heels of the Smile Sprint, the TCI boys opine on the Top 5 Sprinters in North America in the always-intriguing Breeders’ Cup Sprint division. They also recap the Shoemaker Mile, the lone “Win And You’re In” race of the weekend, and tell you what sort of impact to expect from impressive Iowa victors Hansen and Fort Larned the rest of the season.

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TCI Top 5 Sprinters

Rank Name Comments
1 Amazombie Defending champ deserves this spot on his class, consistency and love for Santa Anita
2 Roman Threat Lightly-raced half to champion Indian Blessing has exploded onto the scene as a 4yo
3 Trinniberg Unquestionably the leading 3yo sprinter, but can he be effective against older horses?
4 Emcee Another talented and lightly-raced older horse; Set up for a big summer in NY
5 The Factor Loves Santa Anita, but his ability at six furlongs against top sprinters is very suspect

through 7/2/2012

Discussion

  • Joe Polander

    Joel – I agree Amazombie deserves to be on top of the Sprint Division. He loves SA and loves the 6f distance. However, Trinniberg seems like a major sprint player, he was keeping up with Bodemeister in the KY Derby in the early going and we all know how fast Bode is. Roman Threat also likes SA and in his last race easily defeated Camp Victory who went on to an impressive win vs. the Factor. I wasn’t aware of Caleb’s Posse’s injury. Is it something that could keep him out of the BC? I will be attending my home track Thistledown this Saturday for the Grade III Ohio Derby. I am looking for a mild upset. I like Politically Correct to beat the Heavy Favorite Prospective in the small 5 horse field. Politically Correct has raced competitively against Atigun and Teeth of the Dog in his last two starts. Atigun ran a strong race in the Belmont, and Teeth of the Dog won the Dwyer. Who do you like in the Ohio Derby? Hansen was very impressive in the Iowa Derby and could be a major player in the BC Dirt Mile  vs. Shackelford. Looking forward to the end of the month with the Haskell right around the corner.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Joe,

      Caleb’s Posse’s injury is something that they’ve sort of kept quiet to this point. I read that they hope he returns at the end of the summer, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a bigger setback than people think. The horse is currently on a farm in Kentucky. I hope I’m wrong, but it doesn’t sound promising in terms of having faith that he’ll make it back to 100% by the beginning of November.

      Enjoy the Ohio Derby! I agree Politicallycorrect has a big shot. I wonder if he’s better around one turn than he is around two, but his current form holds up well in here when you consider his last couple starts against those two colts you mentioned. Good luck and have a blast!

      I agree Hansen is a big player in the Dirt Mile, which is the division I believe he’s best suited for. However, he does have an ambitious owner who probably is thinking $5 million Classic right now. Perhaps the Travers will be the decider. Maker has won the Dirt Mile in California, which makes Hansen all the more intriguing in that race. We’ll see! I do know that Team Shackleford is shooting for Horse of the Year honors, and they know that if they want that honor they will have to stretch him back out… Dale told me they’re likely running in the Whitney & Woodward at Saratoga, so we’ll see if they pursue the $5 million Classic like they want to. I do believe Shack is a Dirt Mile horse too in terms of where he best fits.

      We’ll be at the Haskell and Jim Dandy the day before. Cannot wait!! :)   


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