Whitney (G1)

Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby stark » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:16 pm

Steve Asmussen said the Woodward here on 9/2 is a real possibility for Gun Runner. Would give him 9 weeks to the BC Classic.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby Spahny » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:22 pm

stark wrote:Steve Asmussen said the Woodward here on 9/2 is a real possibility for Gun Runner. Would give him 9 weeks to the BC Classic.


A possible for Arrogate too... which would be good for NYRA. Doesn't everybody want that?

At least Baffert knows Arrogate likes Saratoga. Del Mar???
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:55 pm

I really hope that is some sort of lip on the front of that shoe....and not a torn-off part of Cautious Giant's hoof. :shock:
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby firehorse » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:55 pm

Spahny wrote:
stark wrote:Steve Asmussen said the Woodward here on 9/2 is a real possibility for Gun Runner. Would give him 9 weeks to the BC Classic.


A possible for Arrogate too... which would be good for NYRA. Doesn't everybody want that?

At least Baffert knows Arrogate likes Saratoga. Del Mar???


Don't know about Del Mar but may be he should learn to love it given the BC is there this year :lol:
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby Tessablue » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:42 pm

I would dearly love to see them both in the Woodward, but the Pacific Classic makes more sense from several angles. 10f is certainly Arrogate's preferred distance and Baffert really needs to know if the track is an issue.

Anyways, the race set up a lot better for Gun Runner than I think many expected, but he's so very good this year.
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby Apollo » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:47 am

So Cautious Giant hooked him with a half mile to run

Preferable to a safety pin
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby sweettalk » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:37 am

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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby stark » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:03 am

David Grening‏ @DRFGrening

Gun Runner a 112 Beyer for Whitney. Woodward likely next, per Asmussen
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby Tessablue » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:34 am

Gun Runner has run 110, ~112, 110, 112 on the year. Have to appreciate a horse who shows that sort of consistency from track to track!
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Re: Whitney (G1)

Postby Big Ten » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:53 am

If Arrogate was in the Woodward, he wouldn't be a lock to win. Arrogate has regressed ever since he peaked in the Travers. Gun Runner has improved as a 4YO while Arrogate hasn't.

My money is on Accelerate to win the Pacific Classic and BC Classic. In the PC, Arrogate will probably still be 3-5 and say he soundly beats Accelerate by 1.5 lengths or even 5+ with a solid 115 BSF. I still like Accelerate's chances in the BCC knowing a bounce effect from Arrogate. Just a reassurance win for Baffert and Arrogate fans. Accelerate is 2-0 on Arrogate. He can finish 4-0 or even 3-1 on Arrogate like Sunday Silence did to Easy Goer.

I don't really like Gun Runner's chances once he ships here but he has speed to soften up Accelerate. I like Victor Espinoza's revenge for losing twice to Baffert's BCC threepeat and end Bob's possible 4peat run. Get Accelerate at 5-2 or 3-1 in the PC and say he loses it, then 6-1 in the BC. Arrogate and GR will get all the money on BCC day. It will be hyped as East vs West while Accelerate's San Diego will be looked upon as a fluke. But Accelerate is still a dangerous horse on BC day like after Blame lost the JCGC.

Arrogate went from ordinary to extraordinary to back to ordinary very quickly. He is still extremely vulnerable even if he bounces back and wins the Pacific Classic this month and Del Mar is not a track many horses love to run at.
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