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Monday, April 25, 2005

Rave Reviews

- Jay Privman in the Form counts 23 that want in for the Derby. He says that Spanish Chestnut is still under consideration, though his lot in life appears to have become a designated pacemaker for Bandini. Let’s see what they decide before I say what I would think about that; in fact, another article in the same publication says he’s possible for the Derby Trial. Maybe he’ll go in both. And the Preakness, Dwyer, and Belmont too. Other horses mentioned as possible are Storm Surge, Sort it Out, and even Don’t Get Mad, depending on how he does in the Derby Trial, which is a one turn race that should suit him perfectly.

Trainers seemed fairly happy with Monday’s workouts:

John Sheriffs (Giacomo, 1:23.80): "If I could have scripted it, it could not have gone better,"

Craig Dollase (Wilko, 1:26.80): "We're delighted. He put smiles on everyone's faces.”

Jeff Mullins (Buzzards Bay, 1:12): "I couldn't have asked for it to be any better."

Kiaran McLaughlin (Closing Argument, :49.20: "He worked fabulous.” [Daily Racing Form]
It’s like a full-page ad of an extremely well-reviewed film, except that the quotes are all from the film’s director. It’s rare that I hear trainers speak anything less than glowingly about workouts before big races. I hope they're all being totally honest.

- Coin Silver earned a 99 Beyer for his win in the Lexington.