Changes this week: NONE
The Classic – Shared Belief – He’s becoming more and more likely to be the winner of this race with every passing day. Will Take Charge and Game On Dude are retired, and California Chrome didn’t look good in the Pennsylvania Derby. We’ll see if he can stay undefeated this weekend in the Awesome Again Stakes.
The Mile – Wise Dan – Was triumphant in his return at Saratoga and looks to be on course for this race once again. He’s the most popular horse in America so you know he’ll be over bet, but they’ll have to bring in a monster to beat him.
The Distaff – Close Hatches – Will easily have the division lead coming into this race, but obviously beating Beholder on her home track could prove to be challenging. However, I think she’s gotten good enough to overcome her this year.
The Turf – The Grey Gatsby – Earned a tremendous win two weeks ago which obviously makes me feel even stronger about him. Hoping he makes the trip to Santa Anita more than ever now!
The Sprint – Secret Circle – Looks to me like he’s going to try and do what he did last year…come off a long layoff, win a prep, and then win the Breeders Cup Sprint. To me he’s still above all the other competition.
The Juvenile – I Spent It – This division is now WIDE open with the injury to Competitive Edge. I basically had him down as a lock, but now there will be a lot of directions to go. Must watch the preps with a keen eye…
The Turf Sprint – Reneesgotzip – You have to pick a horse with experience on the down hill turf course in this race, so that’s why I’ve picked Reneesgotzip for now. Finished 3rd in 2012 and 2nd in 2013…no Mizdirection to contend with this year so third time could be a charm.
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The Filly and Mare Sprint – Midnight Lucky – I changed to her really because it was just a question of talent level with Stonetastic. The health of Midnight Lucky is the only question mark.
The Filly and Mare Turf – Dank – If she comes back to defend her title I think she’s a clear standout in this group. Not considering others unless she doesn’t come over.
The Juvenile Fillies – Cavorting – Looks to be the most talented of the group so far, but I don’t think there is a big gap between her and the others. The key preps for this race is what we’ll really have to keep an eye on.
The Juvenile Fillies Turf – Malabar – I’ve learned my lesson picking American horses in the Juvenile turf races. Don’t know who is coming, but will be landing on a Euro horse for sure.
The Dirt Mile – Goldencents – It looks like the turf experiment has been but on hold with Goldencents, and this is the race he’ll be targeting. Easily the favorite to repeat…
The Juvenile Turf – Aktabantay – Much like my pick of Malabar, I’m going with a Euro in this race no matter what happens.