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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Don't Have to Be An Einstein

- Sometimes it pays not to try and be too damn smart and over analyze matters. I noted right here just how incredible Einstein's effort in the Gulfstream Park Handicap was. Yet I focused instead on the short rest, the turn back in distance and the bad post (as did others I suppose considering his 3-1 odds), all of which was trumped by a second almost unbelievable performance by this five year old son of Spend A Buck. Robbie Albarado made no effort whatsoever to save any ground going into the first turn, even though he had opportunity to do so in this case. Instead, he was strung out five, perhaps six wide. On the backstretch, he had to ease around King's Drama, who was being pulled up at that point. Einstein did manage to move in towards the rail a bit on the second turn, and then swung out and unleashed a strong winning rally down the middle of the track, and holding off Cloud's Knight, who rallied impressively for second from far back in the pack at an overlaid 22-1. “He felt [Cloudy’s Knight] coming to him, and he re-broke,” Albarado said. [Thoroughbred Times]

Trainer Helen Pitts spoke of the G1 Woodford Reserve as his next race, which has also been mentioned as a possibility for Lava Man. Though he's raced well at marathon distances, I think this mile and an eighth might be his preferred route. He fell short to English Channel by 1 1/4 lengths at nine furlongs in the Turf Classic last spring before his extended layoff; I'd sure like to see him try that one again this year if Pletcher's horse makes it back from Dubai in one piece.

- Invasor's dam Quendom is in foal to Distorted Humor, according to the Dubai Racing Club Blog. She's had three fillies since foaling the 2006 Horse of the Year.

They include a two-year-old filly by Southern Halo, a yearling filly by Orpen, and a weanling filly by Southern Halo, all foaled on Southern Hemisphere time at his Haras Santa Ines in Argentina, where Invasor`s grandam Queen of Victory and great grandam Twitch Crown also remain fertile and active through this day.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Another tough beat for me when Cloudy's Knight fell just short at 22/1. I bet him and McDuff as contest plays at Laurel. He was one of a handful of close calls that I missed yesterday. In fact if he gets up I would have moved into the top ten and possibly the top five with a bunch of races to go.