Here's the Equibase version of free Race of the Week PPs for the same event: http://www.equibase.com/content/rotw/fullpp.pdf
the buzz about him is apparently pretty strong
all of the other horses have more experience and some have much more experience
obviously, there is the idea out there that he may be very special
I don't think I'll bet on him but I'm kind of rooting for him
it's fun to see a truly great horse develop if he is that
and am so thankful he's not a Baffert horse - that would ruin it for me
I remember what a great job Bill Mott did with Cigar. as a 3 year old before Mott got him he only won 2 of 9 races and won no stakes events
Cigar was my favorite horse of all time
Note: Hidden Scroll's jock, Joel Rosario, is winning at clip of 24% this year and in the money 59%, which is exceptional
Re Bourbon War: it looks like he made a strong stretch move last time out but the last 5/16ths was covered in just under 32 seconds which is not quick
this is my last comment and then I'll shut up for a good while:
I watched the replay of Hidden Scroll's win a couple of times and Rosario definitely wrapped him up (slowed him down) the last few strides - he could have easily gotten even a higher figure
Little known fact is that the term "Trained by Jaime Mejia" is actually known as a form of creole-spanglish lingo for "Dead Last" on the streets of Miami. In his favor for anyone expecting a sudden eruption of Mejia competence his FoY entry of Galdiator King has actually won some races in his very busy young life, sprinting as a 2y/o. in 3 routes already, he's only lost by 34, 20, and 28 lengths, so of course after being outfinished in the stretch at 5 furlongs on grass just days ago, Jaime sends him to a Grade 2 Derby qualifying even tomorrow. Have I ever mentioned I'm really good at selecting horses to finish dead last? Not as easy as it sounds, lemme tell ya. Except tomorrow.Quote:
Hard to really toss many in this event.
I do NOT want to suggest anyone should simply take these pedigree AWD numbers of mine as some kind of straight predictor for the result of this race on this surface tomorrow without regard to fitness, form, training, surface, speed, pace, post... no. They may be better viewed as a tool for projecting the shape of their most probable development curve moving down the road with each additional step in maturity & distance. But since I've got them in front of me and about 1.5 people here are somewhat interested, here you go with AWDs for the FoY field:
#1 Code of Honor 7.1f
#2 Epic Dreamer 6.9f
#3 Gladiator King 7.3f
#4 Bourbon War 7.4f
#5 Vekoma 6.9f
#6 Signalman 6.9f
#7 Hidden Scroll 7.5f
#8 Global Campaign 7.8f
#9 Everlast 7.1f
#10 Frosted Grace 7.0f
#11 Union's Destiny 7.6f
Even with a lowish AWD this animal is hard to ignore from a KD future betting perspective. He already has 18 points to make the gate. And he has raced over the CDowns track multiple times with very good results. He doesn't really need to run great in this event, but just get back into racing form for the first Saturday in May.Quote: DrawingDead
#6 Signalman 6.9f
Along with Hidden Scroll & War of Will, he's one of the three I took in KDFW Pool #2, closing at 22/1.Quote: Keeneone
...I would guess GCampaign is one with KD potential you mentioned being interested in....<SNIP>
McPeek Cuts His Own Path With Talented 3-Year-Old Trio
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I'm pretty sure McPeek was just kind enough to tell me what not to do with my money.Quote: BloodHorse - Tom Pedulla
Signalman worked five furlongs in company with Harvey Wallbanger last Saturday at Gulfstream, both clocked in 1:01.75. Signalman already has 18 qualifying points for the Derby, so McPeek is not treating the Fountain of Youth as a must-win situation. Signalman will break from post 6 in a field of 11; he is listed at morning-line odds of 9-2.
"We haven't hammered on him to get him ready for this race," the trainer said. "He needs to run a good race in this upcoming start, and then we'll pick the next prep after that. It's not the end of the world if he gets beaten this weekend. What's important is that he peaks in May."
McPeek is eying the April 6 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland as the likely next stop for Signalman.
This looks like a very good Derby prep race. Hard to bet/handicap but a must watch to see what happens...
He said the horse was almost 100%. Just because itís not the end of the world if he doesnít win, doesnít mean he wonít win.
I think Signalman is very live.