Looks like a vanity entry for owner Ernie Paragallo, who has said this
colt is a serious horse. Not in this race. Has won two straight in much
weaker company and belongs in an allowance race, not "The Test of the Champion."
Essence of Dubai
After his Derby flop, it's surprising to see him in another classic.
His grandsires, A.P. Indy and Summing, won the Belmont, so at least he
has the pedigree to stay. His deep closing style doesn't fit this race's
winner's profile, although he might get up late to hit the board.
Like A Hero
Looked good winning a minor stakes at 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park
recently, and has the breeding for 12 furlongs (by Pleasant Colony out
of a Silver Hawk mare). Has run only four times and never has faced heavyweights.
May have a future but this assignment looks like too much, too soon.
Came flying late to be second at 45-1 at Pimlico, so trainer Nancy
Alberts is taking a shot. Why not? Maternal grandsire Bold Forbes won the
'76 Belmont, but don't expect this gelding to repeat that feat. Unless
you made money off him in the Preakness, think twice about betting on him.
Bobby Frankel said after the Preakness that he was going to freshen
up this colt and try him on turf, but he's had a change of heart. Had trouble
in the Derby and apparently didn't handle the track at Pimlico, but how
many excuses do you want to give a horse that's 0-for-3 beyond a mile and
a sixteenth? I think 1 1/8 miles is his limit, but the Frankel factor will
Gelding ran well for third in the Derby and skipped the Preakness,
and he looks like one of the few that could upset War Emblem. Pedigree
says he should run on farther than most of these rivals, and few are better
than Eddie Delahoussaye at riding marathons. Has enough tactical speed
to be in position to strike if War Emblem gets tired. A contender.
Couldn't beat War Emblem twice but didn't miss by much either time.
Troubled, wide trip cost him at least second and perhaps a chance to win
in the Preakness. Might Wayne Lukas tell Mike Smith to gun him to the lead
at all costs and take the fight to War Emblem? Maybe, but is he fast enough
early to get to the front before the favorite? Has backed up twice in deep
stretch, but never toss out Lukas in a world-class race. Remember Commendable?
Pedigree is iffy for 1 1/2 miles but belongs in exotics.
Repent got hurt and Harlan's Holiday peaked too soon, so Ken McPeek
goes with his third-stringer. Former European hasn't run a bad one in five
tries on dirt but has serious class and distance questions. Winning the
Sir Barton on the Preakness undercard doesn't make him a contender for
If you're a wise guy, here's your best chance to knock off War Emblem.
Missing the Derby because he didn't have enough graded-stakes earnings
was a blessing, because he wasn't ready then for the big time. Looks like
he is now. His Peter Pan win was impressive and took little if anything
out of him, because Gary Stevens had it measured all the way. If anybody
can get a late developer ready to go 1 1/2 miles, it's Neil Drysdale. May
be a bit of an underlay but very dangerous.
A horse for the ages or the best of a bad lot? He's overdue to go backward
after three straight knockout wins, but maybe he's been sufficiently Baffertized
to get it done where Silver Charm and Real Quiet failed. Logically, he
should win and deserves to be 4-5 or so, but my gut tells me the racing
gods will conspire to deny him. Even if he gets out on the lead by himself,
I think 1 1/2 miles could do him in. Sometimes they get tired even if they
don't get pressured up front.
Dictated quick pace (:46 1/5, 1:10) and wired Lone Star Derby despite
starting from Post 14. Pedigree is slanted toward speed (by Hennessy out
of a Silver Deputy mare) but he could do enough for a mile or so to complicate
matters for War Emblem. Will be in the mix for quite a while.