Congratulations to fellow TBA blogger Patrick (of Handride fame) for the winning effort of his Harlem Rocker in today’s G3 Withers Stakes; the gray son of Macho Uno looked amazing kicking in down the stretch to blow right on by J Be K and Double or Nothing. David and Marilyn Randal should be kicking themselves about now for selling most of Face the Cat to Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables because moving that promising colt from Helen Pitts’ care to Todd Pletcher has ruined that horse; he floundered badly to finish last.
Another Macho Uno three-year-old, West Point Thoroughbred’s Macho Again, won the Derby Trial over Kodiak Kowboy and seven others. With the “real” race looming less than a week from now, I’m still all over the place in terms of a “favorite.” Maybe after the post position draw on Wednesday things will become clearer…
Some old favorites worked well today at out-of-the-way tracks, including G1 Vosburgh winner Fabulous Strike who went 3f in 36:60 (13/39) at Penn National, and sprinting mare Miss Macy Sue who threw a bullet 5f (58:97) at Prairie Meadows—her second bullet work in a week.
Not to take anything away from Pepper’s Pride and her record-tying sixteenth straight win today in the $75,000 Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park, but there wasn’t one damn mention in the Daily Racing Form, Bloodhorse or Thoroughbred Times articles that the game runner-up Bossy Bush broke down just past the wire. No further word about her condition.