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Racing Dudes Divisional Rankings

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Older Males

1. Palace Malice – The showdown is here!  Palace Malice vs. the world in the Whitney this weekend.

2. Wise Dan – He’s training well and getting closer to a return to the races.  Hopefully he comes back running.

3. Moonshine Mullin – Can the miracle run continue?  We’ll find out this weekend.

4. Will Take Charge – Word from the barn is that this guy is training super.  Will we see a Saratoga revival part 2?

5. Game On Dude – Threw in another dud performance in the Gold Cup. They are starting to happen more often now.

Sleeper: Zivo – Forget about New York breds…Zivo looks likes he could be a force wherever or whenever he runs!  Will he face the giants at Saratoga?

Older Females

1. Close Hatches – New leader of this division is now three for three including an exciting win in the Ogden Phipps.

2. Princess of Sylmar – Her loss in the Delaware Handicap wasn’t a real concern to me, but she needs to rebound next time out.

3. Beholder – She’s much better than her Ogden Phipps effort and will regroup.

4. Midnight Lucky – Freakish type sprinter may not be able to go two turns, but has ability.

5. Iotapa – Seems to always run a big one at some point…can she string a few together?

Sleeper: Belle Gallantey – Winner of the Delaware Handicap got a perfect set up.  Will have to show us she can do it again.

3 Year Old Males

1. California Chrome – Back in training and still the division leader, but worthy rivals are starting to line up.

2. Shared Belief – He has work to do to unseat California Chrome, but has a chance to do so.

3. Bayern – He might be turning into a super freak!  California horses now hold the top three spots.

4. Tonalist – Not a bad effort in the Jim Dandy, but needs a stalking trip to be successful.  Tactics will change in the Travers.

5. Wicked Strong – Huge improvement when putting the blinkers on, and is now in a great spot to move up the ranks.

Sleeper: Wildcat Red – Quietly having a great year, only bad race came in the Kentucky Derby.

3 Year Old Females

1. Untapable – Lost to the boys, but she’s still better than all of these.  Perhaps she is starting to lose a bit of form though.

2. Stopchargingmaria – Crushed a bad bunch at the Spa last time out, and will most likely do the same in the Alabama.

3. Minorette – Big turf win still puts her in this group because the dirt horses are just not very good.

4. My Miss Sophia – Haven’t heard much of her since her dull Acorn effort…in a wait and see stage.

5. Unbridled Forever – Always picks up the pieces against bad groups.

Sleeper: Fortune’s Pearl – Very sharp win in the Delaware Oaks could mean she’s improving.

Sprinters

1. Goldencents – You know this divisional is a total mess when a horse can lose a race and still be number one. Goldencents is really more of a miler as well.

2. Big Macher – Beat Goldencents in the Triple Bend for his second straight Graded Stakes win.

3. Clearly Now – No idea whether he can reproduce that Belmont Sprint Championship effort again, but if he can….

4. Work All Week – Lost for the first time in forever last weekend, but losing nothing in defeat in my eyes.

5. Secret Circle – Think he’s best of the bunch, but when will we ever see him again?

Sleeper: Delaunay – He ran a great race in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, just couldn’t beat Work All Week.

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