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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


If you’re annoyed by the fact that Steve Asmussen has three of the seven starters in the closing day Grade 1 Hopeful I think you missed the point.

Go back and watched the replays of these babies and I think you’ll agree that one is just better than the other.

There’s a lot of talent on display and it will come down to which colt would handle a track that’s expected to be wet.

Since this is the business we have chosen, we’ve narrowed it down to three; favorites Green Light Go (5-5) and Gozilla (5-2), and the latter’s stablemate Shoplifted (4-1).

We’ll begin with Gozilla since, of the three, he’s the most likely to gain the early lead. His Thoro-Graph figure is not as fast as his mate’s but he amazed with how easily he opened ground on his rivals.

And he did what you want your speed horse to do: go to the front and improved your position. He did that, as much the best.

Stablemate Shoplifted, like the early line favorite, impressed with his late power, bounding away with lengthening strides. Both are impossible to knock but we’ll take Shoplifted with better spacing.

But both Asmussen runners are spotting Go Light Go experience; two starts to their one. But the tiebreaker for us was the way the Jimmy Jerkens baby used his speed, showing athleticism and several gears.

We’re going to key box Green Light Go in exactas with the two Asmussen runners but need a fair price; 7-5 looks about right.

YESTERDAY: Saez gave Shippy a terrible ride but it didn’t matter. Bad pick, she was going nowhere.

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