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SameSteve G said...Rebel's Romance much the best. Off smartly, dropped back, raced wide & had plenty left in the drive.
Thanks, Steve. I would love to see this one come over for The Belmont Stakes. Would be a fierce contender for that distance. Those UAE Derby winners are close to my heart: Thunder Snow, my "ex horse boyfriend" Mubtaahij, Lani, Mendelssohn......always incredible!!! I always fall hard for them.
Or this Japan beauty who just won the Fukuryu Stakes
Good grief look at the pedigree.......he probably doesn't even start moving til 10F......
I love those horses, too. My imagination goes in that direction because I have consistently rooted for an international horse to come & win The Kentucky Derby.
Upset the traditional apple cart. Like when the mighty Black Caviar (who was far from her best form on the day) made the daunting trip to England to win at Ascot in 2012.
I rejoiced. :)
Thinking here is this years Kentucky Derby is a wide affair, at least 10 horse have a legit shot at the win. Rebel's Romance and Essential Quality have a big chance here. I knew nothing about RR until his win in the UAE.
Unlike Essential Quality, who has raced in the US his entire career, Rebel's Romance has only raced overseas & if he does come over for the KD without a stateside prep will be facing the same significant hurdle the other UAE Derby winners who never raced stateside also faced.
He'll only be worth backing at a big price.
On the other hand, if Essential Quality makes a good showing in The Blue Grass, he will be heading to Louisville as one of the KD favorites.
There's no question whatsoever that Godolphin highly covets roses on the 1st Saturday in May.
They also own Prevalence, correct? They won't have a better shot than this year!
Yes & headed to The Wood if I'm not mistaken.
Bring him on. Crowded Trade barely got beat by Weyburn, got the same beyer, yet I saw the latter on several top ten lists. I hope CT proves he belongs with another strong effort in the Wood.
I think the Wood will be sneaky good this year. The pandemic has altered the whole process
in the last year and I see more pedigrees bred to carry their speed a distance of ground no matter the horses style and these type imo may dominate with so many late starters and lightly raced and the Wood
is going to be a showcase of this imo. Saying that because i didn't know what the field was going to be
until today and the same for the other preps coming up. Essential Quality will be tested in his race and I don't know the Santa Anita Derby field yet.
I really like Crowded Trade's Pedigree and I hope he has a full Sister ,I like that better
for breeding matching up all of the 1x thru Buckpasser, Big Red with Princequillo
and the family of Miswaki up the middle, imo MTR as a Bm Sire. not to take anything away
from Crowded Trade as a G1 Runner Prospect. MTR is getting better Mares .
Getting back to the UAE Derby. I just watched it again. Let's just say that I hope Essential Quality wins the BG is a romp. If he gets beat, Godolphin might decide to bring the winner of the UAE Derby to America, which I don't think they plan to do at this time. I'm not sure I want that horse in the Derby. He was wide the entire way around, and was able to win going away in good time. I don't care who was behind him. This horse seemed to grow up around two turns. That was an amazing performance!