Tahitian Warrior lost the third on Wednesday at odds of 1-4; and Dave Litfin notes in the Form that Godolphin Stable is having a down year, with just seven U.S. winners, none in graded stakes. Of course, that's not the only problem facing the Sheikh of Dubai these days. Godolphin purchased this three-year old son of Maria's Mon after he won his debut at Gulfstream early in the year, defeating 11 horses who have combined to win a grand total of four races since then, all maiden claiming races. There's a big red-board for you.
From there, Tahitian Warrior was shipped to Dubai and ran 10th on the grass at Meydan before coming back here to win two out of three allowance races on dirt, earning triple digit Beyers in those wins. He therefore earned the tag useful form on the Godolphin website; but I imagine they were looking for more than "useful" when they bought him. He wasn't very useful to the early Pick Four players who singled him on Wednesday, as he was unable to collar Birdrun ($11.20), who proved to be unintimidatable when confronted by the heavy favorite.
Humilarity ($5.80) won the 6th for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who continues to win at a hefty win percentage, as opposed to his record as a jockey. This was his 6th winner from 15 starters at this meeting. The verbose NY-based chart-caller must have gone to the bathroom during this race, as the entire comment section was shorter than we sometimes see for a single horse. Refreshed, he made up for it in the 7th.
RJ HOPE bumped several times lightly with JOSHUA REYNOLDS, was unhurried racing along the outside, found room to angle sharply five wide into the lane, took off in earnest after being straightened away, charged down the center of the course with powerful strides towards the frontrunners during the run through the furlong grounds, then sustaining the momentum got a nose in front right on the finish line.No need to go to the videotape here; obviously a tough beat for those who had second place finisher Deflationary Fears. Based on his halting performances since Paladino won the primary, Andrew Cuomo might think about hiring this guy.