The Sprint has picked up some more entries, including Atta Boy Roy, who figures to be a stout factor on the front end. And besides being fast, he's a five-year old who has developed into a steady triple-digit Beyer horse with three wins and two seconds on the dirt this year. Supreme Summit was supplemented for $100,000 and will be hoping that the Atta Boy Roy ensures that the pace is hot.
I guess this isn't a great development for Big Drama, who doesn't need to be on the lead, but who likes to track up close. I think he's coming up to the Sprint in extremely promising fashion. I love the way this son of Montbrook has developed, building on the promise he showed winning five in a row at age two, culminating in the Delta Downs Jackpot. Though he won just one in five at three, he acquitted himself pretty well; dq'd in the Swale, 5th in the Preakness, caught late in the W Va Derby at nine furlongs. But this year, trainer David Fawkes has him committed to sprinting, and with excellent results - two wins, two game bad-start seconds in Grade 1's. He's working up a storm down at Calder, and I personally think he's the horse to beat; at least tactical issues aside. There's not tons of speed here, but as you know, sometimes things just get out of hand on the front end in this race.
I was surprised to read in Haskin's column about the early wagering on the Classic overseas.
Lookin At Lucky is getting heavily supported in Europe, with William Hill, Ladbrokes, and Stan James all listing him as co-favorite with Zenyatta at 4-1. The other major bookmakers have it close with Zenyatta 7-2 and Lookin At Lucky 4-1. If you like Blame or Quality Road, you’ll find value, with Blame between 6-1 and 7-1 and Quality Road 7-1 to 9-1. Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Haynesfield is pretty much 8-1 all around. [Bloodhorse]Gosh, I don't see that at all. Sure, Lookng At Lucky is on a roll, and he's a nice colt and all; but they must think a lot more of our three-year old crop than we do. I'd have to be on Blame at 6 or 7-1.