Kurenai wrote:If it would be my filly, I wouldn't run her in the derby either. I miiiiight be very tempted with the Preakness though. (Pending on how the derby and the oaks went). Then maybe another race (against fillies again) before some freshening up for the fall campaign.
She is most likely the best 3yo out there, but it's not like she will be done at the end of her 3 yo campaign. Wouldn't want to take too much out of her too soon. She's also not really easy to handle and the derby hoopla would probably freak her out.
I'd be more aggressive with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I'd run her against a suspect field in the Santa Anita Derby to collect some points and leave my options open. I could still run in the Oaks where I'd be 6/5 or I'd qualify to run in the Derby if everything fell into place and she was kickin the barn doors down in May, I like having options! IMHO, that's a much better path than giving the Preakness future consideration.
As for the derby hoopla freakin her out.......I've seen her school in the paddock on a Thursday with nobody around, and she's the same handful you see on racedays, that's just her, don't worry.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.