Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why Not Endorsement?

There’s a very good group of older horses signed on for today’s Grade 2 Suburban at 1&1/8 on Belmont’s Big Sandy and it could turn out be THE race of the weekend.

Could it be that we are just seeing the best of the 5 yr old Endorsement?

On the Derby trail two years ago, this colt was injured and given 21 months off by the ultra conservative Bill Casner, formerly co-owner of WinStar farm. Perhaps reminiscent of another star of his, Well Armed, Endorsement seems to have come back to the races in excellent order. He managed to withstand some trouble in his last two, which tells me that he still has the will to win. Although defeated in his last, it was a game effort, and it could be that they ran him back a bit too quick. The horse is one of very few graded stakes horses that runs without Lasix and I admire Mr. Casners’ conviction. He is fortunate that he has such a high quality horse that does not seem to need the diuretic. He has now been freshened over at Keeneland, working seriously, every 7 days. Martin Garcia took him for a test drive in the Pimlico Special, and his numbers are improving.

12 to 1- Really???

OK, so it’s a tough race. The Pletcher entry is formidable. Both multiple stakes winners, Stay Thirsty is all class, And Caixa Electronica, all heart.

Buffum- lots of people on his bandwagon.

Hymn Book – the Donn was spectacular, but somewhat of an “in-and-outer”

Trickmeister – as speedy as they come

Mucho Macho Man – very capable

To Honor and Serve- very, very tough and also 9/5

There could very well be a little more upside to Endorsement, but he will have to run his very best to win. Will his class show up in today's Suburban?

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