I saw three eye-catching performances Saturday. The first one I caught by accident. It was the King George IV Queen Elizabeth Stakes, at Ascot. Harbinger absolutely ran away and hid from the small but high class field, including Workforce, winner of the English Derby and Cape Blanco, winner of the Irish Derby. Harbinger romped, by 11, and ran the mile and 1/2 in 2.26 +. He demolished the course record by better than 3+ seconds over a course labeled "good" His next start will likely be the Arc in October. No mention of whether there is a consideration for Breeder's Cup in November, however he is trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who brought us Conduit, ( who won the King George last year.) Enuf said.
Devil May Care did exactly what I thought she would do in winning the CCA Oaks at Saratoga. She is a professional race horse now, her greeness is gone, though there was a moment in the paddock when she got a little anxious. But she looks like a very level headed filly, who has learned a lot and knows what she has to do. She put away a good group of fillies in the Oaks pretty easily. Big and strong and still improving, we haven't seen the best of her yet.
And in the G1 Eddie Read at Del Mar, the favorite, The Usual Q.T, did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, his race was brilliant. Beating a strong field in this $300,000 turf event, he relaxed early under Victor Espinoza and when he kicked on for home, it was as spectacular, as it was easy. And the Unusual Heats just keep on winning on the turf.
All three of these winners could figure prominently come the first weekend in November.