Changes this week: Distaff, Sprint, Juvenile Fillies, Turf
The Classic – Shared Belief – Still behind Shared Belief for another week. No reason to change anything yet considering the field that is lining up to face him isn’t getting any tougher.
The Mile – Wise Dan – He’s simply the best horse in the country, and a spectacle for all to see.
The Distaff – Beholder – After the flop by Close Hatches she now has to be the pick. Was obviously a bit short last time, but that’s why they call them prep races.
The Turf – Flintshire – Since it looks as though The Grey Gatsby will not be making the trip, Flintshire is now the pick. If he doesn’t show, then another Euro horse will surely take his spot.
The Sprint – Work All Week – Who knows what is going to happen in this one. I put Work All Week as my top pick, but this thing is a complete grab bag of craziness.
The Juvenile – American Pharoah – The competition has stiffened significantly now with Pletcher speedsters popping up like crazy. Still believe he’s the best of the bunch, and he also will have home advantage.
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 – Angela Renee – With nothing jumping out at me last weekend in the filly department, Renee assumes the top spot. She has a win over the track as well that makes her even more attractive.
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 – His loss in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship doesn’t bother me one bit. He’ll stretch out to a mile in the Breeders Cup, and he will dominate.
The Juvenile Turf – Aktabantay – Much like my pick of Malabar, I’m going with a Euro in this race no matter what happens.