- A Beyer rating of 113 for Any Given Saturday, which exceeds anything earned thus far by Street Sense or Curlin. Pletcher indicated to the Form that he'd prefer the colt to have only one more race before the Oct 27 Classic, jeez! Just when we see this horse really start to blossom, the trainer is basically telling us that if it were up to him, we'll only see him race twice more in his career. Unless of course you believe that he's destined to return to race in 2008, a highly unlikely prospect in my opinion. Since the Travers is nine weeks before the Classic, the Toddster mentioned the Sept 22 Brooklyn BC, or the Sept 30 Jockey Club Gold Cup as options. I'm still not counting him out for the Travers however. The owners may want to strike while the iron is hot against a crop of three-year olds that suddenly seems to be at his mercy, rather than wait and take on tough older horses like......er........ummm...........well, Lawyer Ron? Anyway, if the Travers is too short a turnaround, how about the Sept 1 Woodward, which would leave four weeks until the Gold Cup, and then four more until the Classic?
As for Curlin, Steve Asmussen still sounds a little shaken by a performance that didn't seem all that bad to this observer. Regarding the Travers, the trainer told the Form: "A lot will be told when we take him back to the track, his first breeze back, and how closely we pay attention to what he's telling us. But John Pricci, writing on his Horse Race Insider site, speculates that the defeat in the Haskell actually gives the Curlin team extra incentive to run in the Travers:
We’re thinking that if Curlin had won instead of finishing third, he sits out the Midsummer Derby for sure. But now can he afford to spot Street Sense another prestigious victory?And I'm glad to see Hard Spun cutting back to seven furlongs for the King's Bishop.
"We're going to turn him back to seven furlongs and try to stretch him out again,'' Jones said. "Our goal is still the Breeders' Cup Classic (Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park), but we're going to take a different approach with him.'' [Albany Times Union]The trainer just won't give up on his distance aspirations with this fine colt. Here's hoping that the King's Bishop is instead his first step towards either the Mile or the Dirt Mile. (Is that race really going to be called the Dirt Mile?)