Monday, March 23, 2009

The Poly-Preps

Its nice to see ESPN is finally ready to cover some Triple Crown action, though one has to wonder why they picked this weekend instead of last.

Not a whole lot to recap, because at this point both winners over the weekend are not genuine Derby contenders yet.

G2 Lanes End

Hold Me Back won the Lanes End impressively for his '09 debut. In retrospect he was the best bred horse in the field and certainly the best bred for the distance. Like all synthetic preps, the winners have to be viewed with some skepticism.

Next stop the G1 Bluegrass, though they are considering the option of training up to the Derby.

Rushaway Stakes

Cliffy's Future made a nice move to take care of the field in the co-feature. Looks like the quirky Tampa Bay track makes the Sam Davis effort a toss. Interesting pattern of note here. The trainer used the Rushaway as a launching point for the G1 Bluegrass with Dominican two years ago. Also for the eternally optimistic, Cliffy's sire won the 2004 Bluegrass and was a multiple graded stakes winner at Churchill.

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