2018 JCGC and AA Watchalong

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Mylute
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:05 pm

OH MY GOD DISCREET LOVER!!!!!!!!!!

I'M SO HAPPY FOR HIM!!!!!!!!
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:09 pm

Anyone else notice the winner looked lame after the outrider let him go to jog back to the winners circle? Outrider quickly grabbed him again and they walked the rest of the way back...
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:14 pm

Mintano wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:09 pm
Anyone else notice the winner looked lame after the outrider let him go to jog back to the winners circle? Outrider quickly grabbed him again and they walked the rest of the way back...
Trainer made a comment in post race interview with Maggie that he needed to make sure his horse was OK. That puts the comment in better context. . .
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:17 pm

katmandu wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:14 pm
Mintano wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:09 pm
Anyone else notice the winner looked lame after the outrider let him go to jog back to the winners circle? Outrider quickly grabbed him again and they walked the rest of the way back...
Trainer made a comment in post race interview with Maggie that he needed to make sure his horse was OK. That puts the comment in better context. . .
Hoped I was just seeing things. Was walking fine at least!
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:17 pm

Trainer Uriah St. Lewis's daughter's reaction is so beautiful

https://mobile.twitter.com/ABRLive/stat ... 1427549185
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:21 pm

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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:04 pm
I wouldn't say Thunder Snow is better than Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn hanging tough for as long as he did after those fractions vs. Thunder Snow coming in late to pick up the pieces and still getting beat by a 45-1 shot reflects better on Mendelssohn than Thunder Snow - in my opinion.
Mine, too. And who would have thought he could take Diversify out? Great job by A'OB over the summer with this horse. And of course, great job by USL with Discreet Lover. A first in a solid G1.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:24 pm

Mylute wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:17 pm
Trainer Uriah St. Lewis's daughter's reaction is so beautiful

https://mobile.twitter.com/ABRLive/stat ... 1427549185
very touching ----this is a great win
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:29 pm

You could also tell that Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore have been doing their homework about the lightning fast breaks that are often vital in American racing. Mendelssohn was out of the gate like a bullet!
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:40 pm

Kurenai wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:02 pm
I agree that Mendy is better than Diversify (that was just like a match race), but disagree that Thunder Snow is better. The race set up perfectly for whoever wasn't up front. If Mendy steps forward of this race (and that's the big if) then he should have a good shot at the BCC. Still can't believe that he hung in there, thought he was done around the turn already. :lol:

Yay for Discreet Lover! What a run he put in, well deserved!
I mean knowing the plan and what I’ve been reading in interviews etc this race was really meant to be used as a prep so I expect he’ll move forward off this, the ultimate goal is the Classic after all.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:46 pm

After watching everyone crawl home in the Awesome Again, I think for the first time in history no one will win the Classic this year.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:54 pm

SuperStarVincent wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:46 pm
After watching everyone crawl home in the Awesome Again, I think for the first time in history no one will win the Classic this year.
Well, the JCGC was pretty fast wasn't it?
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:13 pm

I just discovered that Discreet Lover’s dam is half to Desert Code.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:38 pm

Mylute wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:54 pm
SuperStarVincent wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:46 pm
After watching everyone crawl home in the Awesome Again, I think for the first time in history no one will win the Classic this year.
Well, the JCGC was pretty fast wasn't it?
I would say just under 2 minutes for 10f at Belmont is pretty dang fast yes.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:41 pm

Agree that Mendelssohn ran a better race Thunder Snow. Being eight+ lengths off of that pace the latter should have blown by the former but he had to work hard to pass him.

Thrilled for the winning connections -- the trainer has always maintained in this horse and was rewarded today. Even if he finishes up the track in the Classic, today was fantastic for them.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:52 pm

Starine wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:41 pm
Agree that Mendelssohn ran a better race Thunder Snow. Being eight+ lengths off of that pace the latter should have blown by the former but he had to work hard to pass him.

Thrilled for the winning connections -- the trainer has always maintained in this horse and was rewarded today. Even if he finishes up the track in the Classic, today was fantastic for them.
Was impressed when I saw Mendelssohn actually try to rally back and briefly poke his nose in front of Thunder Snow again for a few strides. After the AA and the JCGC I'm more and more convinced he is in a very good position to win. (And as a sucker for fairytales, wouldn't it be something for Aidan O'Brien to finally win the Classic the same year his closest chance, Giant's Causeway passed away?)

Really happy for Discreet Lover as well, I think for these connections who are 'local boys' winning the JCGC at Belmont could almost mean more than whatever happens in the Classic.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:56 pm

Treve wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:38 pm
Mylute wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:54 pm

Well, the JCGC was pretty fast wasn't it?
I would say just under 2 minutes for 10f at Belmont is pretty dang fast yes.
Mr. NewYork addressed the main track condition and times earlier in the day after races 2 & 3.

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One thing is for sure, given the final time of 1:14.76 for 6.5F in the 2nd at #Belmont, we have a VERY quick main track. This has been the case for much of this meet.

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If Shiraz just went 1:08 2/5, what is the final time going to be in the Vosburgh? Hopefully @larrycollmus won't get TOO excited when he sets a new track record.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:18 pm

Well, well...that just happened. :shock:
Mind Your Biscuits just won the nine-furlong G3 Lukas Classic by open lengths.
Not just a sprinter, and apparently runs well at Churchill. I expect that we should soon be hearing an announcement from connections that he WILL be targeting the Classic.
Has a puncher's chance, IMHO. ;) 8-)
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:32 pm

I agree about Biscuits.... he really looked wonderful winning at Churchill tonight. he galloped out great too. would love to see him run in the classic.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:39 pm

Biscuits finished the best of all the Classic contender winners today. Obviously different tracks but ran the mile and an eighth almost 2 seconds faster than Accelerate.
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Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:43 pm

Nice for Toast of New York to get up for second, even if it was far back.
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