Weekend Overview: Big favorites War Pass and Z Fortune suffer heartbreak as some old favorites Dreaming Of Anna and Kodiak Kowboy looked as good as ever. New shooters Georgie Boy and Eight Belles also continued their hot run of form. Stream Of Gold also managed to end his losing streak and the likeable Gottcha Gold returned to form with a nice win at Gulfstream in the Skip Away.
Performance of the Week: I love the fact that Dreaming Of Anna is still on track. The temptation to retire her after a somewhat lackluster 3yo season had to be there but Anna seems to be better than ever. The Hillsborough looked like ti was going to be a rematch between Anna and Lear's Princess. They locked horns just a few weeks earlier and Dreaming of Anna was all out to hold her off by a nose. With a longer distance some thought the tables would be turned but Dreaming Of Anna was unbelievable. She controlled the pace and drew off powerfully once the real running began. Lear's Princess may have flopped but she was not going to get to Anna even with a career best effort.
Race of the Week: Stream of Gold had lost 13 straight races over a period of nearly three years going into the Mac Diarmida Handicap so naturally all throughout the stretch drive I supposed that he'd find some way to lose this race as well. But he finally broke through in heart stopping and impressive course record breaking style. Godolphin's True Cause made a massive run at him in the final furlong but Stream Of Gold simply would not yield. Cougar Bay was a pretty stubborn customer as well. All in all a race well worth watching.
Flop of the Weekend: Can we have a drum roll please? This weekend's biggest flop was....you guessed it. War Pass. The excuses will continue to roll in for a few more days at least but the bare facts are that despite getting bumped back at the start War Pass should have been able to beat this relatively weak field. He should have at least been able to beat someone in this relatively weak field. The race was too bad to be a true reflection of his ability but that won't save him from a week of disgrace.
TCR Mover’s and Shakers: Heatseeker remains the top ranked horse in the nation for the third week in a row. His next start is uncertain at this stage but he is likely to remain atop the standings until the G-1 Triple Crown preps are run. Georgie Boy has taken over as the top Three year Old Male but only just over Pyro. Eight Belles moved into 4th in the Three Year Old Female division. The lack of Graded Stakes on her resume unfortunately detracts from her brilliance. Dreaming of Anna moves into second spot in the Turf Female division with her stirring win in the Hillsborough.
Tip O’the Cap: I've decided to give this nod to Kathy Walsh for her handling of Georgie Boy. She made the decision last year to stop on him when he was at the top of his game and it seems to be paying off now as he's been winning well and still looks quite fresh. She obviously knows her horse and she's doing very well with him.
KC Handicapping: My handicapping has hit a real dry spell, 7 picks over 6 races and no winners. I did manage to get 3 second place finishers. I'll try to focus a bit more on my picks this week so I can once again provide some quality advice. Ready For Fortune ran a decent race but when Throbbin Heart missed the break it left Carolyn's Cat in control once again and she never gave up that control. Sierra Sunset ran the race I hoped for Z Fortune and King Silver's Son did basically exactly what I figured he would unfortunately he got me nothing.
Cumulative record of selected horses: 7(6)-0-3-0 (-$14.00 -100.00% ROI)
Overall record: 484(235)-89-84-68 (-$59.00 -6.10% ROI)