Horse Racing: Complete Preview of the 2012 Breeders Cup- Day: 2

Horse Racing’s 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita continue with day two. The highlight being Game On Dude in the 2012 Breeders Cup Classic.

Let’s get right to it….

Race 4 – 11:50 AM    

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Purse $1,000,000.

For Colts and Geldings, Two-Year-Olds

One Mile. (Turf)

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Summit County 2/C   C S Nakatani 122 D L Romans

30/1

2 2 Artigiano 2/C   L Dettori 122 M Al Zarooni

8/1

3 3 George Vancouver 2/C   R L Moore 122 A P O’Brien

8/1

4 4 Gervinho 2/C   R Bejarano 122 C Gaines

15/1

5 5 Fantastic Moon 2/C   K Fallon 122 J Noseda

12/1

6 6 Dundonnell 2/C   J Doyle 122 R Charlton

4/1

7 7 Brown Almighty 2/C   K J Desormeaux 122 T A Ice

20/1

8 8 Balance the Books 2/C   J R Leparoux 122 C C Brown

8/1

9 9 Noble Tune 2/C   R A Dominguez 122 C C Brown

6/1

10 10 Joha 2/C   J Castellano 122 M J Maker

6/1

11 11 Dry Summer 2/R   J Talamo 122 J Mullins

10/1

12 12 I’m Boundtoscore 2/C   S Rook 122 T Rankin

20/1

13 13 Know More 2/C   G K Gomez 122 D F O’Neill

8/1

14 14 Lines of Battle 2/C   R Hughes 122 A P O’Brien

12/1

15 15 Rising Legend 2/C   J Rosario 122 J W Sadler

20/1

 

Analysis: (ok, seriously this might be the toughest race on both cards to figure out.  The way I see it 11 or 12 of the 15 have a shot to win it.)

1) Noble Tune-blew out maidens with an impressive come from behind run, then did the same in the Grade: 3 Pilgrim Stakes in his next start. The difference was in the Pilgrim, he was sixth early on thru horrifically slow fractions (the six furlong split was 1:16.3) yet unleashed a visually impressive rally to inhale the leaders and win going away.

Once again, while watching the replay of his races, I still don’t think regular rider Ramon Dominguez has asked him for him best. I mean, thru those first two starts Dominguez could have left the whip in the jocks room.

 

 

2) Dundonnell- romped by 12 against maidens, then came back to win a group 3 race inEngland. He then followed that up with a “just missed” second in a group 2 race.  

I expect this horse to be sitting right “in the pocket” early and possibly pounce on the early leaders down the stretch….dangerous and big threat to win it all.

 

3) Balance The Books- is the uncoupled stablemate of the top pick and he too possesses quite a late run. I mean he came out of nowhere to win his last two races. (Both graded stakes and at different racetracks). He’s a little light in the speed figures department, but all he really needs is a reasonably quick pace in front of him in order for him to make an impact in this race.

 

Honorable Mentions: (and there are several)

Artigiano has three “just missed” seconds in a row vs. group 2 competition in England. He might continue that trend here. Brown Almighty has never been worse than second in now four lifetime starts. Closes and finished right behind the third pick recently….he has a chance and probably at decent odds too. Joha should be the early leader and might prove difficult to catch while dropping back a half a furlong in distance. Dry Summer’s best race (by far) was two races ago when he won a grass stakes race at Del-Mar in 1:35. Draw a line thru that last race, it means nothing…..longshot possibility here. Gervinho is another who is an overlay in my opinion. Unbeaten by using strong late runs in 2 starts and won a $100,000 stakes race over this surface in 1:34.2. Yet he’s 15-1 morning line?…he might be worth taking a flyer on.

 

 

Race 5 – 12:35 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Purse $1,000,000.

For Fillies And Mares, Three-Year-Olds And Upward

Seven Furlongs

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Teddy’s Promise 4/F L J Talamo 124 R W Ellis

20/1

2 2 Belle of the Hall 5/M L I Ortiz, Jr. 124 T Albertrani

20/1

3 3 Dust and Diamonds 4/F L J R Leparoux 124 S M Asmussen

9/2

4 4 Strike the Moon 4/F L J Lezcano 124 M J Trombetta

30/1

5 5 Rumor 4/F L M E Smith 124 R E Mandella

20/1

6 6 Turbulent Descent 4/F L J R Velazquez 124 T A Pletcher

5/1

7 7 Great Hot 4/F L E A Maldonado 124 A C Avila

30/1

8 8 Musical Romance 5/M L J C Leyva 124 W A Kaplan

4/1

9 9 Groupie Doll 4/F L R Maragh 124 W Bradley

1/1

10 10 Switch 5/M L G K Gomez 124 J W Sadler

12/1

 

Analysis: (This race looks pretty cut and dry)

 

1) Groupie Doll- has positively turned the corner in her career as she been untouchable since April of this year. Since then, she’s won two Grade 1 races and two Grade: 2 races by a combined 21 lengths, all four in fast times and scored a triple digit speed figure in three of the four.

This daughter of Bowman’s Band shows 2 superb works since her last race which signals she is holding her current form. Logical pick….

 

2) Dust and Diamonds- is in career form and looks to have the best chance of knocking off the top pick.She is another who has really come into her own this year, she shows three straight “by daylight” wins in her last three including her last race which she went six furlongs in 1:08.1 and finished 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.3 while winning the Grade: 3 Gallant Bloom Handicap in NY…never off the board in nine career starts and if you’re an exotics player, this horse is a “must use”

 

3) Turbulent Descent- good looking and talented filly had a two race winning streak snapped when she ran into the streaking second pick in her last (the Gallant Bloom).

She shows a win and a second in three tries over this track, top jock John Velazquez takes the reins once again and I expect her to hit the board in some capacity in this race.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Musical Romance is the defending Filly and Mare Sprint champion and is having a pretty good year (7-3-1-1). Hickory tough five year old mare makes her 41st start on Saturday but please note, she’s been already been manhandled by Groupie Doll (twice) and Dust and Diamonds earlier this year. Switch seems to have lost a step from last year (only 1 for 5 so far in 2012), but when/if she’s right, she is one of the better (late running) female sprinters in the country….only off the board once in 6 tries over this surface.

 

 

Race 6 – 1:14 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Purse $1,000,000.

For Three-Year-Olds and Upward

One Mile

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Rail Trip 7/G L J Valdivia, Jr. 126 R W Ellis

10/1

2 2 Delegation 3/G L P Husbands 123 M E Casse

12/1

3 3 Jersey Town 6/H L J Castellano 126 B Tagg

4/1

4 4 John Scott 5/G L V Espinoza 126 C Gaines

12/1

5 5 Fed Biz 3/C L J Talamo 123 B Baffert

6/1

6 6 Shackleford 4/C L R A Dominguez 126 D L Romans

2/1

7 7 Emcee 4/C L A Garcia 126 K P McLaughlin

5/2

8 8 Tapizar 4/C L C S Nakatani 126 S M Asmussen

12/1

9 9 Second City 3/G L M Gutierrez 123 B D Cecil

30/1

 

Analysis:

1) Emcee- was ultra impressive in winning the Grade: 1 Forego Handicap in his last and shows a 6-3-0-2 record this year.

He’s never been this far (one mile) before but this son of Unbridled Song is one fast racehorse. Triple digit speed figures galore and has recorded two sub-1:22 seven furlongs in his last three starts….Tepid choice in fairly wide open contest.

 

 2) Fed Biz- may not have cared for the “good” Hoosier surface in his last (the Indiana Derby) yet still ran a close third with a strong speed figure (92).

 This impeccably bred (Giant’s Causeway-Spunoutofcontrol), $950,000 Keeneland yearling colt gets back “home field advantage” with a return to Santa Anita (where he is unbeaten) and I expect a big performance.

 

3) Shackleford- speedster won the 2011 Preakness Stakes but, with the exception of two races in May, his form has been a little sketchy. He should be winging it on the early lead and should hit the board in this spot….win it? I doubt it, but I certainly see him running well.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Tapizar possesses a good turn of early foot when he’s right….but he’s been plagued with inconsistencies throughout his career…. Threat if he brings his “A” game. John Scott shows a 6-3-1-1 record in 2012 but is 0 for 3 at Santa Anita.

 

 

Race 7 – 1:57 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Purse $1,000,000.

For Three-Year-Olds and Upward

About Six And One Half Furlongs. (Downhill turf)

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 California Flag 8/G L J Talamo 126 B J Koriner

6/1

2 2 Camp Victory 5/G L J R Leparoux 126 M R Mitchell

10/1

3 3 Great Mills 4/C L R Bejarano 126 S M Asmussen

20/1

4 4 Tale of a Champion 4/C L T Baze 126 K Mulhall

30/1

5 5 Next Question 4/G L R A Dominguez 126 M J Trombetta

10/1

6 6 Upgrade 5/G L R Maragh 126 M Nihei

30/1

7 7 Reneesgotzip 3/F L G K Gomez 121 P Miller

8/1

8 8 Great Attack 5/H L J Rosario 126 W A Ward

10/1

9 9 Bridgetown 5/H L J R Velazquez 126 T A Pletcher

9/2

10 10 Corporate Jungle 4/C L J Castellano 126 C C Brown

6/1

11 11 Mizdirection 4/F L M E Smith 123 M Puype

20/1

12 12 Chosen Miracle 4/C L M Garcia 126 J Hollendorfer

15/1

13 13 Unbridled’s Note 3/C L C S Nakatani 124 S M Asmussen

5/1

14 14 Starspangledbanner 6/H L1 J P O’Brien 126 A P O’Brien

10/1

15 15 Global Power 4/C L P A Valenzuela 126 T M Amoss

30/1

16 16 Starspangled Heat 4/G L C S Nakatani 126 B Abrams

30/1

 

Analysis: This race is usually won by late runners; also #15 and #16 are AE’s

 

1) Bridgetown- comes into this in peak form (back to back wins and back to back triple digit speed figures). He is also versatile and can adapt to any pace scenario.

Shows a 9 for 19 career record on the turf and a monster (:46.4) work last week…Looks best in yet another wide open event.

 

 

2) Unbridled’s Note- had a very wide trip yet still won his turf debut (the Grade: 3 Eddie D stakes) over this Santa Anita turf course last time out. That race was mind-boggling fast (six furlongs in 1:06.2) and if he runs that race again in this spot, he’ll probably be standing in the winners circle.

 

3) California Flag- speedy now 8 year old gelding won this race back in 2009. He also shows some amazing stats like say he is 6 for 9 on the Santa Anita turf course, 5 for 7 at this distance and 11 for 22 overall on the weeds. He should be respected in any Santa Anita turf sprint race.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Great Attack closes and is very consistent. He actually beat the top choice in his last race albeit that was back in May…..chance. Mizdirection has never been worse than second in 8 lifetime starts on the grass (8-5-3-0). He also shows a 2 for 2 over this turf course and I have no idea what he’s doing posted at 20-1 on the morning line…to me, he looks like a definite longshot threat.

 

 

Race 8 – 2:36 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Purse $2,000,000.

For Colts and Geldings, Two-Year-Olds

One And One Sixteenth Miles

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Title Contender 2/C   M Garcia 122 B Baffert

6/1

2 2 Speak Logistics 2/C   A Serpa 122 E Plesa, Jr.

8/1

3 3 He’s Had Enough 2/C   M Gutierrez 122 D F O’Neill

20/1

4 4 Shanghai Bobby 2/C   R Napravni 122 T A Pletcher

2/1

5 5 Monument 2/C   J Talamo 122 J W Sadler

12/1

6 6 Dynamic Sky 2/C   L Contreras 122 M E Casse

12/1

7 7 Capo Bastone 2/C   J Rosario 122 J W Sadler

15/1

8 8 Fortify 2/C   R A Dominguez 122 K P McLaughlin

9/2

9 9 Power Broker 2/C   R Bejarano 122 B Baffert

5/2

 

Analysis: This looks like a two horse race also

 

1) Shanghai Bobby- is 4 for 4 and won those 4 races by a combined (almost) 14 lengths. Far and away the east coasts top two year old male. This $105,000 Harlan Holiday colt is versatile and appears like he can handle the extra distance.

His success is as simple as this, if he handles cross country trip and  the Santa Anita surface….he wins…if he not….well….

 

2) Power Broker- Not sure if it was the surface switch or the stretch out in distance or maybe he just finally figured it all out, but this horse was nothing short of spectacular in winning his (Grade: 1) prep for this.

I mean, he sat right off the early pace in that race and just exploded down the stretch to win by 6+ lengths.

Bob Baffert trained colt by Pulpit is going to be the top choices’ main problem…especially that he has “home field advantage”.

 

3) Monument- is 3 for 4 in his career and 1 for 1 over the track. Closes and he looks the best of the rest to me even being a little light in the speed figure area.

 

Honorable Mention:

Dynamic Sky is by the gorgeous Sky Mesa and has performed well is all three career outings on the synthetics….if he handles the traditional dirt surface; he could hit the board in this spot.

 

 

Race 9 – 3:18 PM

Breeders’ Cup Turf

Purse $3,000,000.

For Three-Year-Olds and Upward

One And One Half Miles. (Turf)

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Point of Entry 4/C L J R Velazquez 126 C R McGaughey III

3/1

2 2 Turbo Compressor 4/R L J Bravo 126 T A Pletcher

15/1

3 3 St Nicholas Abbey 5/H L J P O’Brien 126 A P O’Brien

7/2

4 4 Treasure Beach 4/C L J P Spencer 126 A P O’Brien

12/1

5 5 Shareta 4/F   C P Lemaire 123 A De Royer-Dupre

7/2

6 6 Cogito 3/C L L Dettori 122 D F O’Neill

30/1

7 7 Little Mike 5/G L R A Dominguez 126 D L Romans

12/1

8 8 Kindergarden Kid 5/G L J R Leparoux 126 P Miller

30/1

9 9 Dullahan 3/C L J Rosario 122 D L Romans

12/1

10 10 Optimizer 3/C L J K Court 122 D W Lukas

20/1

11 11 Slim Shadey 4/G L G K Gomez 126 S Callaghan

10/1

12 12 Trailblazer 5/H L Y Take 126 Y Ikee

6/1

 

Analysis: This race should be a slam dunk for the American horse (s). This race has been habitually dominated by the Europeans

 

1) Point of Entry- has it all…a five race winning streak, (including 3 Grade: 1’s in a row) triple digit speed figures, amazing breeding and solid works. In fact, I can’t find anything that makes me shy away from him at all.

The only thing that I saw that made me hesitate for a second was he’s never been farther east than Kentucky. I mean, maybe he doesn’t like the Santa Anita turf course? But that’s probably splitting hairs….down the road here.

 

2) St Nicholas Abbey- not sure what happened to him in the Arc, but his three prior races were super. They include three third place finishes behind European superstars Danedream, Snow Fairy and Horse of the World, the great Frankel.

With the exception of the top choice, he meets no sure rivals in this race.

Also, he won this race last year so the trip across the pond shouldn’t bother him at all. By Montjeu, he’s banked over$4.2 million….tough hombre.

 

3) Shareta- not sure what happened to her in the Arc either because, like the second choice, she didn’t run a step in that race. But if you draw a line thru that effort and go back a little more in her history, you’ll find back to back wins in Group 1 races.

Even though this is a filly taking on the boys, she must be respected.

 

Honorable Mentions:

The well named Trailblazer comes over from Japan with a decent record but it’s the prep race that really stands out. He was second, beaten a half length in a one mile Grade: 3 race over the course in a fabulous final time. Little Mike is loaded with early speed, won the Arlington Million and sports a very impressive 11 wins in 16 career turf starts. But he absolutely spit out the bit in his last race with no apparent excuse….could bounce back and run well here. Slim Shadey’s last race (a win in 1:59 flat) after setting a wickedly hot pace was very impressive, but that his first win since February. Dullahan is gorgeous and is capable of running big but the fact still remains, he’s 0-4 in the grass.

 

 

 

Race 10 – 3:58 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Purse $1,500,000.

For Three-Year-Olds and Upward

Six Furlongs

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Sum of the Parts 3/C L J R Leparoux 124 T M Amoss

20/1

2 2 Jimmy Creed 3/C L G K Gomez 124 R E Mandella

6/1

3 3 Gantry 5/G L J Castellano 126 R Faucheux

10/1

4 4 Coil 4/C L M Garcia 126 B Baffert

5/1

5 5 Justin Phillip 4/C L R Bejarano 126 S M Asmussen

20/1

6 6 Fast Bullet 4/C L J Talamo 126 B Baffert

12/1

7 7 The Lumber Guy 3/C L J R Velazquez 124 M E Hushion

6/1

8 8 Capital Account 5/H L D R Flores 126 B Baffert

8/1

9 9 Trinniberg 3/C L W Martinez 124 S Parbhoo

15/1

10 10 Smiling Tiger 5/H L R A Dominguez 126 J Bonde

12/1

11 11 Amazombie 6/G L M E Smith 126 W Spawr

4/1

12 12 Hamazing Destiny 6/H L J Rosario 126 D W Lukas

12/1

13 13 Poseidon’s Warrior 4/C L I Ortiz, Jr. 126 R E Reid, Jr.

15/1

14 14 Boxeur des Rues 4/C L M Gutierrez 126 D F O’Neill

30/1

 

Analysis: The Dirt Sprint is year in and year out the toughest race to figure out

 

1) The Lumber Guy- is unbeaten in sprint races and that Vosburgh win was off the charts. (110 speed figure). Versatile as he can win under any pace scenario, but I think his best bet will be to establish a stalking position early and pounce late.

As we all know, the BC Sprint habitually has a fast early pace, he must not get caught up in that and with the #7 post position he should be ok. I’m taking him to spring the upset.

 

2) Coil- his daddy was monster and this chestnut colt is unbeaten at this distance also. He is versatile in a different way as he won the 2011 Haskell Stakes at 1 ¼ miles.

You have to like that last race (win) as he came from well off the pace to get up by a head against a solid field of crack sprinters.

10 of 11 on the board finishes in his career and there’s no doubt this is a nice horse.

 

3) Amazombie- is the defending champion of this race and the defending sprint champion as well. This now 6 year old gelding can still motor as he shows 23 of 28 career starts on the board.

It’s just that he had every opportunity to get by the second pick in the last race yet wound up losing ground in the stretch.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Capital Account has never been off the board in now 10 career starts (10-5-3-2) and almost caught the second pick in that last race. He’s only 1 for 5 over the Santa Anita surface, but still remains a big threat. Jimmy Creed is another who has yet to finish off the board in his (short) career.  He was right there at the end of the same race as Coil and Capital Account. I hate like hell to have to put him this low as it could easily come back to bite me. Fast Bullet is well named as he is as fast as a bullet. He also has a couple of bullet workouts too, but this is his first start in almost a year.

 

 

 

Race 11 – 4:40 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Purse $2,000,000.

For Three-Year-Olds and Upward

One Mile (Turf)

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Mr. Commons 4/C L B Blanc 126 J A Shirreffs

12/1

2 2 Wise Dan 5/G L J R Velazquez 126 C Lopresti

9/5

3 3 Obviously 4/G L J Talamo 126 M R Mitchell

6/1

4 4 Jeranimo 6/H L G K Gomez 126 M Pender

15/1

5 5 Animal Kingdom 4/C L R Bejarano 126 H G Motion

8/1

6 6 Excelebration 4/C L1 J P O’Brien 126 A P O’Brien

2/1

7 7 Willcox Inn 4/C L J Graham 126 M Stidham

30/1

8 8 Suggestive Boy 4/C L M E Smith 126 R L McAnally

15/1

9 9 Moonlight Cloud 4/F L1 T Jarnet 123 F Hea

6/1

 

Analysis: Yet another two horse race

 

1) Excelebration- is 8 for 14 in his career with four of those losses coming to the mighty Frankel. So in other words, take the superhorse of the equation and this horse is 12 for 14 in his career and most of those races were at a mile (this distance).

In fact, he’d be riding an eight race winning streak coming into this, once again, sans Frankel. Wise Dan is good….real good…but he’s not a Frankel.

 

2) Wise Dan- is probably the third best (turf) miler in all the world as he’s definitely found a home on the grass.

He’s been nothing short of awesome since changing surfaces and (going back a bit) has now won 6 of his last 7 with six straight triple digit speed figures…..obviously (no pun intended)  the one to beat.

 

3) Obviously – speedster has a 9-5-3-0 record on the turf and comes into this is career best form. He’ll be winging it on the front end but there is other speed signed up in this race so he might have a early tussle on his hands. If that be the case he could be in trouble down the stretch.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Moonlight Cloud is a filly taking on the boys but has held her own (8 wins in 14 starts) overseas. I would not be surprised if she betters this rating. Mr. Commons is a top class miler but other look slightly better. Animal Kingdom won the 2011 Kentucky Derby and likes the grass for sure. It’s just that he hasn’t raced in nine months and they pick his comeback race to be the Breeders Cup? With no prep race?…odd…but perhaps his connections know something I don’t.

 

 

 

Race 12 – 5:35 PM    

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Purse $5,000,000.

For Three-Year-Olds and Upward

One and One Quarter Miles

 

 

P#

PP

Horse

A/S

Med

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

M/L

1 1 Pool Play 7/H L M Mena 126 M E Casse

30/1

2 2 Flat Out 6/H L J Rosario 126 W I Mott

5/1

3 3 Alpha 3/C L R A Dominguez 122 K P McLaughlin

20/1

4 4 Fort Larned 4/C L B J Hernandez, Jr. 126 I R Wilkes

5/1

5 5 Game On Dude 5/G L R Bejarano 126 B Baffert

9/5

6 6 Brilliant Speed 4/C L J Alvarado 126 T Albertrani

20/1

7 7 Handsome Mike 3/C L M Gutierrez 122 D F O’Neill

30/1

8 8 Nonios 3/C L M A Pedroza 122 J Hollendorfer

20/1

9 9 Richard’s Kid 7/H L G K Gomez 126 D F O’Neill

12/1

10 10 Ron the Greek 5/H L J Lezcano 126 W I Mott

6/1

11 11 Mucho Macho Man 4/C L M E Smith 126 K Ritvo

8/1

12 12 To Honor and Serve 4/C L J R Velazquez 126 W I Mott

8/1

 

Analysis: the grand daddy of them all

 

1) Game On Dude- is 5 for 5 over this track and listen to his connections speak about how this horse is coming into this race

Assistant trainer Jim Barnes said he’s “Super,” and “He couldn’t be doing better.”

Trainer Bob Baffert said; “He’s on his game, some of my horses, they don’t have to work well to run well. Capital Account (Sprint) is one. He never works well, then he runs great. But with ‘Dude,’ he needs to work well to run well. He’s been training great and he figures to run that way, too.”

Indeed, he has been working well. In fact his last several works have all been strong Oct 28- 7F-1:25, Oct. 21 -6F-1:12flat and Oct 14- 5F- :59.3. 

This five year old gelding is a few bucks short of cracking the $3 million mark in earning and certainly appears like the best, and more importantly the most consistent, horse in this race…..only problem I found was he is just 2 for 7 at this distance.

 

2) Ron The Greek- his last race was too bad to be true, this stretch runner always fires his best shot and is 1 for 1 over the track. I think he bounces back and runs big Saturday evening.

 

3) Fort Larned- had excuses in his last (the Jockey Club Gold Cup) where he was 4 wide throughout and may not have cared for the “good” track condition.

His two prior races were top notch and if he runs back to either of those, he’ll be right there at the end of this one.

 

Honorable Mentions;

Mucho Macho Man is a big, strapping horse who is 5-3-1-1 this year and shows 14 of 17 career starts on the board. He also shows a triple digit speed figure in four of his last five races….he is, under no circumstances, a complete throw out…and no, I’m not just saying that because this horse and (part of) the filly I own are stable mates. Flat Out, I should have listen to trainer Bill Mott before the Jockey Club Gold Cup because he said this horse was rounding back into form….sure enough…he goes out and wins the JCGC. The question now becomes, now that his form is back, can he handle the Santa Anita surface? Because this will be his first try over it. To Honor and Serve is a gorgeous animal who can run big occasionally….but is far too inconsistent to back (or bet) with any confidence.

Record: 20-54 = 37%