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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Romp for Asiatic Boy

- Watching the races on my illicit cable connection. How impressive was Asiatic Boy in the UAE Derby? He was wide the entire trip, but took off like a rocket in the stretch. No apparent excuse for Folk, who finished well back; nor for Day Pass. Another year with no Derby horses coming out of Dubai (Asiatic Boy is a Northern Hemisphere four-year old).

Runner up Jack Junior, making only his third start, is a Florida-bred son of Songandaprayer who is nominated for the Triple Crown; but it was said by the announcers after the race that he'll be heading to the 2000 Guineas instead.

No value in the U.S. on Mile winner Spring At Last, who was 2-1 early before drifting up to 7-2. Not much money in the pools here. He looked like he was going to be swamped in the stretch, but Garrett Gomez coolly kept him in reserve before drawing off to win easily. That is his first stakes win, and it couldn't have come at a better time or place. Good start for Doug O'Neill, who is hoping to cap his day off with Lava Man in the Duty Free.

1 Comment:

Steve D said...

Not much value? My wife took me out for my birthday last night and after some hard drinking I woke up late, thus not having the opportunity to get 7-2 on the standout of the day!!!

No worries, I caught Vengance of Rain thanks to my buddy Al, a Hong Kong specialist who claimed that Vengance laid over the field (the perfect trip didn't hurt). I finshed the day off with the late P3, where I had Premium Tap and Invasor, so I didn't even have to root.

Overall, my best Dubai World Cup since I bet a weeks pay on Big Jag 8 years ago.