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Sunday, April 16, 2006

'Truth' was set free

Lightly raced ABOUNDING TRUTH rode a dream trip under red-hot Patrick Husbands to win the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, the second stakes event of the 168-day meeting.
The 6-year-old daughter of Proudest Romeo is a Florida-bred owned by Douglas Kent Racing and trained by Josie Carroll. A six-furlong specialist, Abounding Truth is a newcomer to the local scene having shipped in from California earlier this month.
Milhouse offers some comments and questions about recent posts and upcoming racing...

Ahhhhhh....The stakes racing season is now officially underway after Judith's Wild Rush and Abounding Truth pulled off impresive wins this past weekend. I thought that Husbands gave Abounding Truth a perfect ride. On paper it was a race loaded with speed and that was exactly how the it unfolded. 5 horses battled up front and Abounding Truth sat all by herself in the 2nd flight a length off the lead. I picked Sam-Son's High Button Shoes...she won the pace battle, but lost the war. Not without a fight though. She is one to keep an eye on.

Jen, coming up next weekend are the Woodstock and Star Shoot, both major stepping stones for the big 3 year old classics (The Queen's Plate and Labatt Woodbine Oaks.) At this point do you know who is being aimed for these respective races? And you mentioned Wanna Runner as "the horse to beat" right now for this years Plate. Why do I have a feeling we may see this guy in the Preakness? He may not have the graded earnings for the Derby, but we all know the Preakness field is usually half the size of the Derby? Am I far off base with this thought? Happy Easter to all!

Indeed, Sam-Son Farms is very strong in fillies this year and its High Button Shoes ran a miraculous race in her first start since December.
The Woodstock and Star Shoot, while both considered 'preps' for the Plate and Oaks, figure to have minimal meaning on those big races.
The former, a 6-furlong dash, is expected to attract another Carroll sprint specialist, VIBANK, a multiple stakes winner at 2 last year and a very fast colt. The other 15 nominees are either American-bred (not eligible for the Plate) or not considered Plate material as of yet.
The Star Shoot could be dominated by American-bred fillies including last year's champion 2-year-old miss KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, trained by Dan Vella. Knights Templar, who will be ridden by Robert Landry, has been working up a storm since arriving back from Florida in the last month.
As for Wanna Runner (see note below), if trainer Bob Baffert is indeed pointing the horse to the Lone Star Derby (May 13) - and he has won the race before with his second-tier sophomores - then a trip to the Preakness the following weekend seems unlikely. With Baffert sending 3 to the Kentucky Derby, he will surely have at least one for the Preakness. That is just an opinion from Thoroughblog.


  • At 1:19 AM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    I think you are correct about Wanna Runner not running in the Preakness. It was just something that I wanted to throw out there to see what others were thinking. It always fun to throw around those "what ifs" when we are talking horses. What would be the plan for this horses do you think Jen? Will they race him in easier 3 year old stakes races with all the other big name 3 year olds racing in the American Triple Crown races?


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