Alan, I'm completely opposite to you on this. I didn't think Eight Belles looked impressive in the Fantasy at all. However, the race doesn't look so bad on paper (compare it to the Rebel).Well, it wouldn't be much fun if we all agreed, would it? I think it's a fair point that it wasn't the most visually impressive race in the world. But I gave her credit for overcoming a fair amount of adversity and a negative pace scenario against a filly who might turn out to be a good one; in her only prior start for Asmussen, she won by 18.
- Anonymous writes:
Sticking with Monba, whose Hollywood Futurity was as good a race as any of the other touted CAL invaders..I was looking at Monba on Formulator; the pp's weren't available on it when I wrote about this colt, who also gets credit for a good name (Maria's Mon - Hanba). In the Cash Call, only his third career start, Monba closed in 29.13 for the last 2 1/2 furlongs - 23.27 and 5.86. So he was flying late, and you see him zipping by the winner in the gallop out. He also has a win over the Churchill track. However, if you disregard the Fountain of Youth, in which he was hurt, he's essentially trying to win the Derby on one prep, the Blue Grass. But it's a sign of the times that you don't really hear that spoken about a lot. I hesitate to make him my "Derby pick" because I'll never hear the end of it from John if I go down with the Toddster again. But I'll definitely have him on my tickets somewhere.
- Another anonymous person wrote:
And how is Dutrow allowed to bet $150,000.00 on his horse when Matties and his family were denied stalls for betting on theirs.We haven't heard a single word of about Greg Matties since the story broke on April 17. So I can't really make the comparison without knowing the facts. But that seems an excellent question.