I had to give HANA VP Mike Maloney a ring about something yesterday, and of course the conversation centered on horses. Mike was in his usual spot – at the track betting – and we talked Derby. For those who may be interested, here's Mike's take on a few of the colts vying for the big prize in May.
Uncle Mo – "It’s pretty impossible for me to fault his ability. He has dynamite numbers and is very imposing. Indian Charlie is overdue for a horse like this. His pedigree is enough for a mile and a quarter, too, so I don’t see a problem with that. Obviously he’s not value horse for future's players, but he is probably everyone’s most-likely winner. The big question – is he tractable enough to handle a 20 horse field at distance?"
Premier Pegasus – "I love this horse. I thought his San Felipe win was the best Derby prep of the year, and it is not even close. I totally disagree with people discounting this horse off his last due to the fractions. For him to go blinkers off, take off an insane pace and show the explosion he did through the finish is hugely impressive. Maybe he doesn’t have the perfect style for the Derby, but that is my only fault for him. I think this horse is a lot closer to Uncle Mo than people are giving him credit for."
Dialed In – I think is an absolute contender; one of the three likely winners. Bred to get the trip, great connections, and his last race does not bother me a bit. If he shows a decent finish in the FL Derby, even if not winning, I think he will be fine.
Soldat – “I’ve been betting him, but I am not sold on him yet. I am more inclined to use Gourmet Dinner for value.”
To Honor and Serve – “His last race does not bother me, but I don’t see him winning the Derby”
The Factor – “I have no interest in him as a contender”
Jaycito – “I hated that last race”
Stay Thirsty – “Not fast enough”
Sway Away – “I’m throwing out his last. He’s a definite contender.”
Tapizar –“ I think he has very little chance to win”
Mucho Macho Man – “Does not thrill me at all”
Who has impressed you so far? Do you agree or disagree with Mike?
Mike is an old time friend of mine, and like Mike, Premier Pegasus just blew me away. His run on the turn for home in the San Rafael was eye popping.
Looking for a horse named Nacho Saint at Sunland, and possibly Alternation from Oaklawn if they can find a race for him.
I guess I look at races from Mikes influence, couldnt have cut my teeth with a better mentor!
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