I'm just glad to finally have hope once again for a TCW. Its been a long 4 years with out having a horse to win the first two legs!
But it could easily end up not working out like it did for Real Quiet, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones, etc. I never much liked Big Brown,,,it was very hyped up.
The horses today are just not run like they were at one time. Now a days horses are usually rested 5-10 weeks before their next race and trying to run 3 races with in a 5 week time span is hard for horses. Which on top of that the Belmont being a mile and a half....very tough task that will take a VERY SPECIAL horse to do it.
I'll Have Another looked very good in this race, I was more worried about this race then the belmont due to the shorter distance but he got the job done.
I'm 100% cheering for I'll Have Another to win the TC!!!! It will be the greatest sport story of the year. And the sport needs something like this! Has a very tough Challenge at Belmont though. Bob Buffet already said Bodiemeister will not be running in the belmont..awh rivarly is over for now. But Union Rags and dullahan is coming back.....That is going to be tough! I'll Have Another does have the running style for the Belmont and his pedigree screams distance just as good as the other horses.
Keeping my hopes up and fingers cross for I'll Have Another to win!! It will be great and he might just end up being that special horse! He showed he had heart and determination today.
I never really liked Big Brown either. I knew he wouldn't be able to handle the Belmont after the Derby and Preakness. I knew he had bad hooves to start with (something that bothered me about him) and he just didn't have it in him.
Afleet Alex won the Preakness and Belmont after a bad trip in the Derby, so the 3 races in 5 weeks can be done with today's horses. I'm liking I'll Have Another for the Belmont and the Triple Crown if he comes out of the Preakness well. He's raced and beaten Dullahan and Union Rags already. He just needs to be fit and ready for it. He can slow down without loosing momentum and turn on the speed when needed. Comes out of the gate well. And has a good pedigree for the distance.
Also I just didn't really like the connections that were tied with Big Brown. It just didn't seem right.
Afleet Alex had the bad trip in the preakness, as I assume you are talking about the trip when he went down on his knees? Or how he was trapped behind horses in the derby? A jockey error in the derby cost it for him and when he did get untrapped by the wall of horses he just couldn't get up there in time. And also lets not forget about Point Given who just didn't show up on Derby day but won the Preakness and Belmont by big margins. I'm not saying horses can't do the 3 races in 5 weeks just they aren't run as many times as they were back in the day. Therefore it will take a special horse to do it and good racing luck.
I am a little worried about Mario Gutierrez being the young, inexperience jockey. The belmont oval is unique and no other one like it in the US. Jockeys tend to move at geological areas on the track just because they are used to it and will move to soon at times.
I thought I'll Have Another ran pretty well. Pretty well considering the start and that he was camped outside all the way. The way he's run these first two legs makes me think he can do the distance of the Belmont. If he doesn't get locked in with traffic, I believe he can win it.
Anyone else notice him wanting to run to the right, though, as they approached the home stretch? I hope that's nothing.
The thing I like about "I'll Have Another" is he doesn't seem to give a crap about what type of surface he is running on. He seems to dig into whatever is offered. Assuming he stays healthy and they don't change up game too much on him, he just might do it. The mistake most make is trying to make their move too soon. This horse seems to get off on running them down late. I say wait until they can smell the finish line. I'll be there with the other 6 zillion idiots watching!