While pretend-window-shopping for nice “horsey ships” (I don’t know how else to describe it for Tumblr), I encountered this picture of Pure Prize on WinStar’s site. He wins “Shinest Pony” award and gets bonus points for being a good dad of Pure Fun..
Even greatness has small beginnings: Charismatic
Super Ninety Nine: a Baffert-trained beauty who stormed to a 12-length win in yesterday’s Southwest Stakes (II). Not sure precisely why I don’t like him more… I do love my chestnut, chromey ponies and I do love the Pulpit clan… but maybe it’s because I’m hard set on finding a special Derby horse that doesn’t have a super mega top-tier trainer like Baffert or Pletcher. Normandy Invasion, are you there?
I’d like to see 99 take on a stronger field next out and on a fast, dry main. I naturally must also balk that he’s a speed craver of a runner and reminds me a lot of Secret Circle who I didn’t like on last year’s trail. I argue that he was in optimal position up front in the slop and in fresh form while others struggled with it— second and third place went to longshots and most of the field faltered.
Oh well… Always in a Tiz had a shoddy trip but I was wise on Fear the Kitten which makes me happy. I wouldn’t have touched 99 at even money in the slop.