March 29, 2010

Where Did He Come From???

Bob Baffert’s undefeated 3-5 shot, Conveyance, was loping along on an uncontested lead. Expected early pressure from sprinter Classical Slew was nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, morning line second choice Tempted to Tapit chose to stalk and offered no pace bother to the heavy favorite. The closest pursuer to Conveyance’s early lead was longshot Endorsement. It appeared to be as simple as Wire-to-Wire 101, and Baffert was already preparing his victory speech, but then something funny happened. This is why they run the race my friends…Halfway through the race, you could see that Endorsement was sitting very comfortably behind Conveyance. Jockey Robby Albarado was sitting as chilly as the cartoon penguin with Endorsement, who was now cutting into Conveyance’s lead. As they turned for home, it was clear who the stronger horse was, and it was not the undefeated colt who had been so high on the Kentucky Derby list of many. Instead it was Endorsement who proved an easy winner as he drew clear down the lane. At odds of nearly 12-1, and with only a maiden win in three starts, where did this kind of overpowering performance come from?
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TurfChatter said...

This was a big time performance. The breeding, the training and the win means he is on the improve. Not only did he finished 2nd in his first start of the year. He ran 4 wide down the backstretch and 3 wide on the turn entering the stretch while making a mid race move. The best part he is a natural closer. He was versatile enough to chase the lone speed in Sunland. In the Derby he will come from 8th place and make his move.

Jennifer said...

Great Article, Brian. :)