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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!
I think we will know more after this weekend when 2 of their runners are competing.
For years he tried his way, an entrant from Dubai Prep to win the Derby.
I don't know how to answer this, I can't see 3 of his entrants in the Derby, I wonder if he feels like
its getting away from him ! Time changes people. That was a g0ood performance and he belongs if he comes imo.
They have tried to win the Derby their way. Wouldn’t it be something if they had two top candidates running in America, yet the one that they brought according to their earlier efforts, is the one to break through? How much satisfaction would that provide? If they have three that qualify, I won’t be mad if they all run. They all have shown themselves to be more legit contenders than most of the rest in my opinion.