Anyone who was able to follow all of Saturdays stakes action surely wasn’t disappointed. So many top level performances from coast to coast, lets dissect a little….
Mshawish, ran a huge one in the Donn, where he sat the perfect trip right off the speed, swung out at the top of the stretch, and powered home. A horse that has been known to ease up once hitting the front, he ran hard all the hole way to the wire Saturday and it seems Dubai is next for him, as well as for disappointing favorite Keen Ice, who I said all along was using this as a prep.
Lukes Alley won the Gulfstream Park Turf, in a game finish to creep past Shinning Copper who looked home free 1/8 of a mile from the finish. He should be a force as the season continues, or at least until the Europeans send over their turf runners.
Tommy Macho won the Hooper showing a new dimension after being shuffled to the rear of the field, stablemate Stanford ran big off a long layoff and should progress nicely in his next (presumably the Gulf Park Handicap)
Tammy the torpedo also showed a new dimension going to the front of a pace less race in the Suwanee River.
Lady Shipman crushed an overmatched group in the ladies turf sprint, and is off to Dubai.
Out west, Songbird showed the very few sceptics she had left, that she is the real deal. Embarrassing a bunch of fillies in her comeback. Never looked threatened and pulled away without ever being asked. She has a bright future a head of her. Owner Rick Porter said no plans for the derby and she will continue on towards the Oaks.
Mor Spirit may have got overshadowed by Songbird but also ran a great race, winning without ever being asked hard to pass the to pace horses. At 3/5, he should have won, and did so.
Nice to see Hopertunity win a race after roughly 13 months in the San Antonio, which lost its big star when Dortmund didn’t run. One down side was he beat Imperative, who hasn’t won in 22 Months just doesn’t seem to want to finish a race off. Should have won.
Lastly after a mid career funk, Flamboyant has reeled off two stakes back to back and looks to have righted the ship. Is stretching out in his next start.