We are back at it tonight as the field of possible contenders has been unveiled. The goal here is to get a cursory knowledge of these two years, watch them in video to see how they handle turns, the gallop out, the final 1/8 miles, and any number of other things. We'll work on the handicapping soon enough, lets get familiar with the players and not let a talking head tell us who the next Azeri is.
Biondetti: The son of Bernardini was born in Kentucky runs in Godolphin silks for conditioner Mahmood Al Zarooni. A 3 for 3 lifetime record with a win at 1 mile on Turf in Italy on a straight away, at 7 furlongs on fake dirt at Kempton and a 7 furlong straight away fake dirt run. Not sure what to make of him but let's not ignore anyone. He is the first Grade I winner from Bernardini.
Grade I Gran Criterium San Siro Italy
Murjan: Another son of Officer, out of Miss Jean Cat (Tabassco Cat), this Kentucky born Peruvian runner is also an impressive 3 for 3 winning by a combined 27 3/4 lengths in the process. A surprising amount of video is available, and anyone who follows racing and is on facebook or blogs knows the passion our South American horse racing friends have!
Madman Diaries: A Bring the Heat son from Breeder/Trainer and part owner Wesley Ward. The lone gelding of the pre entrants. 5 career starts, never out of the money but only one dirt effort, a win in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth, working very well and Ward wins 25% of >60 day layoffs.
Grade III Sapling Stakes won at six furlongs by Madman Diaries.
We'll be back this weekend to feature the remaining members of the expected field including Riveting Reason, Rogue Romance, Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo.
Have fun, Turk out!