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Christina Perez
• Friday, 25 December, 2020
• 8 min read

After a hat-trick of wins in Dubai early in the season, Blue Point completed the first Royal Ascot sprint double since Choir in 2003, running out an authoritative winner over Battles in the King’s Stand but having to dig deep to hold off a fast finisher in the Diamond Jubilee four days later, after which he was retired to stud. She proved she still had the pace for a mile and a quarter when winning the Eclipse on her comeback, got the better of an epic tussle with Crystal Ocean in the King George, then landed her tenth Group 1 in the Yorkshire Oaks.

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Enable met with defeat for just the second time when bidding for a hat-trick of Arcs on her final start, finding only Wildcat too strong, but the good news is that she’ll be back again in 2020. A most authoritative win the PRI Harcourt at Long champ on his return hinted at things to come, and while he was only third behind Wildcat in the Gamay there next time, he was most impressive following a break when a 14-length winner of the Grosser Press on Baden in September.

Thundersnow has raced almost exclusively on dirt since 2018, and last season saw him add a second Dubai World Cup to his CV in hard-fought fashion. New Gardens won only one of his four starts in 2019, but his Long Distance Cup success was a most significant one as he became the first horse in two years to defeat Stradivarius, edging out that prolific rival late on as the pair drew five lengths clear of the rest.

The step up in trip that day proved right up New Gardens’ street, after he’d finished second on his three prior outings, the best of those being a half-length defeat behind Defoe in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June. His defeat at Ascot on his final start was actually up there with the best form efforts he’s ever produced, and doesn’t detract at all from such a splendidly tough and reliable horse who has compiled a truly remarkable CV.

He only managed fourth on his reappearance recently, but it looked a clear-cut case of needing the run, and his sharp turn of foot should see him remain a force in Europe’s major middle-distance prizes in 2020. Placed efforts in the Dante, Irish Guineas and St James’s Palace suggested he may not have made much progress from two to three, but an impressive win in the PRI Jean Prat at Danville in July was at least as good as anything he managed in 2018, and he backed that up when landing the Sussex Stakes on what proved to be his final start.

But in 2020, the Derby isn’t the first race in the Triple Crown because of the changes made due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, we’ve got the Belmont Stakes first, the Derby second and the Preakness third.

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Too fancy, feels like someone trying to sound like they know what they’re talking about at a museum. Generally, if you’re hitting a golf ball and shouting “FORE LEFT,” it’s a bad thing.

“Fore Left is named after a good friend of ours who lives in the Bahamas,” said owner J. Paul Red dam. Oh man, now I want to legally change my name to Max Player, which is better than Homer Simpson changing his to Max Power.

It’s one of 14 races in the series that offers at least 50 points to the winner, essentially guaranteeing a spot in the May 2 Kentucky Derby. Tie the Law, trained by Barclay Tag, is among the early contenders after winning the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulf stream Park Feb. 1.

Dennis’ Moment, trained by Dale Romans, has yet to make his 2020 debut after a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November at Santa Anita Park. Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 28-1 (No.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 15-1 (No. Last start: Won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes Jan. 4 at Santa Anita Park by 7 ¾ lengths over Azul Coast.

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Possible next start: $400,000, Grade 2 San Felipe March 7 at Santa Anita Park Notable: Authentic showed some greenness down the stretch in the Sham, altering course and nearly brushing the inner rail inside the sixteenth pole.

“When I ran him the first time down at Del Mar, he was a little green that day, because I was debating whether to put blinkers on him,” Affect said after the Sham. Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 10-1 (No.

Last start: Eighth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park Notable: Dennis’ Moment breezed Saturday at Gulf stream, covering five furlongs in 1:00.22.

“His progression has been great.” Dennis’ Moment stumbled badly out of the gate in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, leading to a disappointing end to what had been an impressive 2-year-old campaign that included victories in a maiden race at Ellis Park and in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 29-1 (No.

“I feel he’ll relish an increase in distance,” assistant trainer David Carroll said. Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 24-1 (No.

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Owners: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Aron Hellman); Twin Creeks Racing Stables (Steve Davison, Randy Gallant); Kathleen Ferrari; Robert Ferrari Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 19-1 (No.

Notable: Max field was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and later had a small ankle chip removed. It’s uncertain whether Max field can return to training in time to make the Kentucky Derby, but his solid 2-year-old campaign indicates he would be a serious contender.

Owners: George Bolton, Arthur Thoreau, Barry Lip man, Mark Matheson Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 8-1 (No.

Naval won his maiden race Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park by 3 ¾ lengths before cruising home to win Sunday’s San Vicente by three-quarters of a length over Ginobili. “Those good ones find a way to win, and that’s what he did today,” Affect said after Sunday’s victory.

Owners: David Bern sen; Exline-Border Racing (Ryan Ex line and Justin Border); Dan Dock; Susanna Wilson Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 final odds: 30-1 (No.

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Last start: Fourth in Sunday’s Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park Notable: Storm the Court won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 45-1 odds and captured the Eclipse Award for 2-year-old champion.

Possible next start: $1 million, Grade 1 Florida Derby March 28 at Gulf stream Park Notable: Tie the Law’s 100 Beyer Speed Figure in the Holy Bull is the fastest for any 3-year-old colt in the United States this year.

“There really are a number of factors, starting with how well he ran in the Holy Bull,” Kowloon said of the decision to return to Gulf stream for the Florida Derby.

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