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Wicked Strong

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida U.S.A.
 June 7, 2014 
The 18th Year.

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The 146th Belmont


By all reports an absolutely gorgeous day in New York. Wish I could be there!

By the time I finally got on the now bulging bandwagon I couldn't come up with the right horse to complete the exacta. Since the odds were way too low to make a win bet, well no dice in Baltimore.

Since I missed the wedding, and fumbled the reception, what now?

Chrome has proven many wrong with their distance limitation prognostications, including me. This is the real test though, and I can't help but think that he had a lot taken out of him in Baltimore. Sure, he's trained forwardly coming in. But he's got another 1/4 mile to go today, and that last 1/4 will be telling, especially if he has to use anything left in the tank to get position into the final turn.

Many think Tonalist will be a detriment. He looked good in the Peter Pan and he likes it on the front end so he should make his presence felt, and may soften up Chrome a bit. But he's been training in bar shoes, and a horse with foot issues probably won't win on this stage. The outside post will use him up early as well.

Ride On Curlin ran BIG in Baltimore, but that was a career best race, and having now raced in the Derby and Preakness I would expect a bounce here.

I loved Wicked Strong in the Derby, and he ran creditable given his post and the problems he encountered in the stretch. Skipping the middle leg was a good idea, and now he's back home where he is training like a monster. I have to think he's got a BIG shot here. Only negative is how will he react in the post parade. He'll need to stay a bit closer to the pace like he did in the Wood. Assuming he can keep his head on straight, I like him to win. Still feel he will be the best of this crop in the long run.

So the play is Wicked on top and in the 2nd spot, with Commanding Curve, Medal Count, and California Chrome in the exotics.

Early pick 4: 3,4,5,7/1,2,3,8/3,9,10/3  Late Pick 4: 9,10/5,9,13/1,4,5,8,10/1,4,9

Good luck everyone!!!



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Barbaro Wins The 2006 Florida Derby

Tributes To Barbaro 

Cindy Pierson Dulay's Barbaro Tribute

Debi Kral's Barbaro Gallery

The Heart In The Winner's Circle-Jane Smiley and The Wahington Post

Barbaro Cartoons

Pure Of Heart-NY Times Editorial

Undone By The Loss-Jay Cronley and ESPN

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Animal Kingdom Won't Win Preakness Too-Ray Kerrison and The New York Post

A Long But Wonderful Journey-Kevin Van Valkenburg and The Baltimore Sun

A Colt That Gives Him Hope-Joe Drape and The New York Times

Miracle Fit For A King-Ray Kerrison and The New York Post

Preakness Crowns Champions-Ed Fountaine and The New York Post

Low Hanging Fruit-Paul Moran and ESPN

Countdown To The Crown April 15-Jeremy Plonk and ESPN

Don't Bet The House On This Old Kentucky Home-Jim Murray (1995) from The Los Angeles Times

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