Posted: 10/6/2012 9:53:13 AM
Saturday, October 06, 2012
"Shadwell Mile Preview"
(Post Time: 5:21 p.m. ET) Surface: Turf,
1 Mile, Open, 3 Year Olds And Up, G1 STAKES, Purse: $750,000
SKYRING is a good Grade 3 horse, but is likely biting off more than he
can chew here. He made a big lead last out in the Saranac Stakes against
a good group of horses before stubbornly holding on to be second by a
half length. Unfortunately for trainer D Wayne Lukas, this field is
twice as good as that one. Rajiv Maragh picks up the mount.
DOUBLE’S PARTNER will make his first start for Todd Pletcher since May
5. The horse has performed well on a long rest before. His only try at
Keeneland saw him finish a troubled third in the Makers Mile. JJ
Castellano is in to ride the son of Rock Hard Ten and they figure to
race mid pack.
CORPORATE JUNGLE has had only one race that wasn’t at a mile. He owns a
very good record at the distance and was last seen finishing second to
Wise Dan in the Four Star Dave Handicap. Paco Lopez rides for Chad
The connections of WILLCOX INN have a tendency to run this horse over
his head. He was last seen finishing eighth in the Arlington Million. He
has finished no better than fourth in his last three tries against
Grade 1 horses. Approach the Michael Stidham pupil with caution. James
Graham is listed to ride.
The final boss of this group is WISE DAN. The gelding has gotten so good
this year that it is almost unbelievable. If I had not seen it then I
would not have believed it. His last trip to the track was in the
Woodbine Mile where he smashed a good group by 3 ¼ lengths. Before that
he won the Four Star Dave at Saratoga with an equal amount of ease. If
he brings his “A” game then none of the others have a chance. John
Velazquez will be in New York riding for Todd Pletcher, so Jose Lezcano
picks up the ride.
WORTHADD (IRE) shipped across the pond to contest the Woodbine Mile, but
couldn’t make an impact on that race. A good Group 2 horse overseas, he
fits with this bunch. Typically a good Group 2 horse would be the
favorite in a race like this, but the American turf milers are a tad
stronger than usual. Luis Contreras will retain the mount for new
trainer Bryan Lynch.
DATA LINK had his coming out party at Keeneland in the spring. He ranged
up on the outside to capture the Maker’s Mile in breath taking fashion
for Shug McGaughey. Since then he has won Monmouth Stakes and finished
second in the Bernard Baruch Handicap. His chances are strong, but like
everyone else, he has to beat Wise Dan. Alex Solis returns to the irons.
SLIP AND DRIVE enters this race after two allowance wins at Delaware,
but is probably over his head. McLean Robertson trains and Alex Cintron
The same can be said for OL ARMY. The gelding has two wins in a row, but
both came against much lesser foes. Jesus Castanon will ride for Chuck
SILVER MAX reeled off seven magnificent turf wins in a row before
failing to keep the streak going when last seen in the Secretariat
Stakes. In his streak of wins he took down races like the Transylvania
Stakes, American Turf and Virginia Derby. He figures to be rolling along
on the lead. How far he can take such a quality group? Robby Albarado
will ride for Dale Romans.
DOMINUS scored an easy win in the Bernard Baruch, his first time
stepping on the turf course. The Todd Pletcher pupil likes to go to the
front, but will have a hard time doing so with Silver Max looming to the
inside. Julien Leparoux is likely to take hold of the son of Smart
Strike and make a run from mid pack.
SWIFT WARRIOR has always seemed like a good horse and he is finally
showing that. Unfortunately, he couldn’t have caught a group any tougher
than this. He has a puncher’s chance under Jose Espinoza for trainer
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