Thursday, June 24, 2010
43 Candles and Another Grade I ?
Saturday's Mother Goose at Belmont could give Todd Pletcher a nice birthday present with another Grade I win. Three out of the 5 three-year-old fillies entered, are trained by him. The class of the field looks to be Devil May Care, who faced the boys in the Derby and was in contention till the top of the stretch, to then simply, flatten out. To come back and work a half mile three weeks after the first Saturday in May, tells me that the Derby took nothing out of her and she has continued to train forwardly. Will the mile and 1/16 be too short for her ? And by the way, why DO they change the distances on some of these races? This was always a prestigious race for fillies and also part of the Triple Tiara. This race has been 1 1/8 since 1959! Who does these things, and why? Anyway, I'm curious about another of the Pletcher horses in here, and that is Katy Now. A speedy daughter of Tiznow, she is stepping up into Graded Stakes company for the first time, and she deserves a longshot look. I love her ascending numbers and I think she should have no problem stretching out. If she relaxes on the lead, and she may just have the class to prevail. It's a short field for the Mother Goose, but still a very nice group of Saturday afternoon fillies.