Friday, June 5, 2009

Brooklyn Key to Belmont?

Last year Delosvientos scored a coast-to-coast victory in the Grade II Brooklyn Handicap - an older horse race contested at 1 1/2 miles the day before the Belmont Stakes. The next day Da' Tara lead all the way around the Belmont oval shocking heavily favored Big Brown and Triple Crown fans everywhere.

This afternoon, Nite Light was on or close up to the lead in the Brooklyn churning out quarters just around 25 seconds. He shook off favored Rising Moon only to be nipped at the wire by fast closing Eldaafer. Eldaafer slowly chipped away at the leaders coming from 9, 4 1/2, 3, and 2 1/2 lengths behind from the quarter pole to the top of the stretch.

If, somehow today's Brooklyn shines a similar light on tomorrow's Test of Champions, you'd have to go with Mine That Bird. I'm just saying...


  1. Right style, wrong BIRD. The track was so speed-favoring the whole day, it was surprising to see SUMMER BIRD come from behind to win.

    I thought VELAZQUEZ rode to beat CHARITABLE MAN and they succeeded. Pletcher said all week how he was the horse to beat with the absence of RACHEL and his tactical style. Trouble is, he sacrificed DUNKIRK on suicidal 1/4 and 1/2 mile fractions for any horse not named SECRETARIAT. That set it up for SUMMER BIRD.

    MTB is consistent, if not brilliant. How did analyze it after the fact?

  2. Borel moved too soon and Summer Bird simply picked up the pieces. Most impressed by Dunkirk's change of tactics and heart.