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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Wednesday Night Notes

- Ghostzapper is being pointed to the Met Mile at Belmont on Memorial Day for his 2005 debut, and a sharp Forest Danger, the winner of the Carter, awaits. He demonstrated scary versatility when he raced last in the early stages of the Carter and rallied for the win, earning a Beyer of 115. [DRF]

- Now it looks like High Limit is in for the Preakness, another entrant that I really don’t understand, though I guess one could argue that he didn’t expend much energy finishing last in the Derby. He’ll need a new rider though, as Ramon Dominguez jumps off to get on Scrappy T., who is “training like a monster” according to trainer Robert Bailes. [DRF] There’s no doubt he’s improved, and probably would have been a bit closer to Bellamy Road in the Wood if his saddle hadn’t slipped - maybe he would have only lost by 13 lengths. Scrappy T took the roughly run Gotham off after his third to Sort it Out in the Whirlaway, and followed up the Wood with his 102 Beyer win in the Withers. That race was 3 weeks ago, so he definitely should be fresher than the Derby horses; maybe he can get a piece at a decent price? I’m hoping that he’s overlooked due to his being an Aqueduct inner track horse.

He has a high dosage, but who cares about that anymore with yet another Derby winner with a DI over 4.0. He’s by Fit to Fight, and is out of a mare by Derby winner Sunny’s Halo. He’s inbred 3x4 to Bold Ruler and 5x5 to Princequillo. He has a horse named Ward McAlister in his pedigree who I remember from the early 70’s so I must have scored on him once or twice.