Since it seems like almost every horse has had their own thread, I'm starting one for him. The more I go over the PP's the more I like this guy. Was held in high regard from the start as he was even money in his first start, where he was 3 wide but drew off to win at 4 1/2 furlongs. After running a closing 3rd in the Kentucky Juvenile, he was put away for the rest of the year. Returned after a 8 1/2 month layoff and ran a credible 2nd by a head earning a respectable 87 Beyer. Was then entered in the Southwest where he chased Conveyance around the track from the 10 post, he upped his Beyer to 89. It's his last race however that I really like. He broke close to the pace, but Maragh dropped him back to 7th; he then made a 3 wide rally to get up. It shows me that he's rateable and can sit wherever Maragh puts him. In addition his Beyers show a steady increase and a 100 certainly doesn't seem out of his reach (his Roman PF of -55 is the best in the field).
Finally, he's been looking really good in the mornings and the slop shouldn't be a problem. He might be the Pletcher that's overlooked in here.
At a possible 15/1, I'm going to key him in the first 3 spots.
Originally LAL was my top pick, but the post position doesn't thrill me. I'll still play a 1/14/all and a 14/1/all
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Me too...really has shown a solid 3 year old campaign. Has a versatile running style and his figs are as solid as many others. Doesn't look like he's had a single race go his way where he could just coast, has been wide like he'll be on Saturday and I saw his last work, and it was one of the easiest, most fluid works I've seen. Just seems to look the part of one that will only get better at the 1 1/4, and you can't say that for at least half this field.
I barely gave the critter a thought until I saw him in person. It's not that he's a remarkable specimen; it's the way he did his job. He's very professional and purposeful. It just seems like his needle is on "F" and he's just waiting for somebody to hit the throttle.
Alas, The Deputy looked the same way. So you never know.
Still on the fence about Mission Impazible. I will only consider one of the Pletcher entries. Currently, debating between him and Super Saver who, IMO, gets the class edge. I like that he won the Louis derby off the pace, a tough feat but 6 weeks off of a low tier Derby prep worries me. I like that he ran his best (a 6f sprint) in the slop despite having less than stellar slop pedigree which makes him more likely to run big figures on a fast honest track. His pedigree is ok but not as good as Super Saver for the Derby distance. Can anyone help by offering more insight about his final pre? How about his Ragozin figures vrs Super Saver?
You weren't the only one Steve. I remember being livid after learning they ran a dehydrated horse- and that Sahadi used to give him wine! Hello!! The Deputy was ruined- never raced again far as I recall. Shame.