Originally Posted by RolloTomasi
All that "good stock" had already blown their collective wads well before the race...including Jackie's Warrior.
If Chad Brown said the race was tough, my guess is he was more worried about the amount of speed lining up and not any particular horse or horses.
Who was supposed to "step up" exactly?
Defunded? He was supposed to get a perfect setup. In that sense, he wouldn't have needed to improve to capitalize; but the point is moot because he was given a moronic ride. Beyond that, he's a horse with a modest pedigree that had to have an 8-month layoff after his debut, was gelded in the interim (something you rarely see in Baffert's barn), and then was stupidly tossed into the Santa Anita Derby off a maiden sprint win presumably because Life is Good got hurt. Baffert's ego was bruised (see his exploits last year, ruining Uncle Chuck and Cezanne). Maybe he'll have enough left to win the Los Alamitos Derby before running off the board in the Haskell.
Prevalence? Why was he in that race? He just got browbeat in the Wood Memorial when foolishly rushed into the Derby picture after a facile (and slow) maiden sprint win. The sad part is, he's by Medaglia d'Oro, who doesn't typically produce speedy one-turn horses, so instead of allowing him to progress steadily to two-turn races, his trainer has fried him and pretty much slammed the door shut on his 3yo year. He can't handle a hot pace, he can't sit back and make one run, and he probably has no bottom (or heart) to go a route any time soon. Time to back off and start from scratch. Maybe he can be next year's Maxfield. I doubt it. Future looks bright as a Dubai Carnival race filler.
Starrininmydreams and Sittin On Go? Typical fodder from the Stewart and Romans barns...the #1 source for also-rans for all Stakes Coordinators across the country. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them tries to run back in the Preakness...
Dreamer's Disease? Well, with an apt name like that, I guess you can't blame the connections (I'm still going to). Why the hell would you bring a horse with that kind of early speed back in a race like this off that disastrous NY-bred baby race right on the heels of his gut-busting effort in the BC? He and Excellent Timing could have had a nice rivalry beginning with the Gold Fever and segueing into the NY-bred Mike Lee. Now they'll have to use the latter to get back on the right track.
Whiskey Double? He was outsprinted by O Besos earlier in the year. Next.
Dream Shake? Not sure how much more punishment this horse can take. Somehow defeating Bezos and Fenway in a maiden sprint made this horse a Derby prospect. Running mediocre thirds in weak CA fields somehow still punched his ticket to Louisville instead of a more logical step, like the 7-furlong sure-to-be-5-horse field Laz Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita or I don't know...a first condition allowance race? The latter doesn't fill in CA unless it's for 3yos and up, so one way or the other, he was probably going to need to ship out of state. His runner-up effort here will probably only embolden his connections further, and we'll probably see him next in the Woody Stephens. I guess on the bright side. We didn't have to watch him run in the Kentucky Derby (unless you were in Vegas planning to bet a reverse the last-place finish exacta box with Soup and Sandwich)...
Noble Reflection? This has to be the worst training job of the bunch. The horse has an 8-month layoff following a 3rd place finish in a pretty productive maiden 2yo race, comes back with a sharp score in the comeback sprinting in March, and guess what? You guessed it...Derby Prospect! Forget a first condition allowance sprint. Forget a first condition allowance route. Why not do both at the same time? We'll route him, but we'll pretend like we're in a sprint race. This is the only deranged logic that can explain what the F they were doing with him in the Lexington setting a:45 opening half. And for the life of me, I cannot begin to imagine how this race was still on their radar after the absolute (and predictable) meltdown the horse suffered. The most unforgivable part of this whole affair is that they nearly paved the way for King Fury to get into the Kentucky Derby...