I call early speed from Peace Rules and Indian Express, with Supah Blitz stuck behind horses and Atswhatimtalknbout biding his time. If the track is fair, a stretch drive to live on the memory books. A four-way duel, I think: Peace Rules, unless Indian Express breaks him; Ten Most Wanted like an oncoming train with Pat Day on board (that is not a jockey/horse combination to be discounted, even at a mile and a quarter, no matter how burly and front-heavy he looks); Buddy Gil running exactly as fast as the horse next to him and half a head in front (Gary Stevens!); and Atswhatimtalknbout in at the kill as well.
And possibly Lone Star Sky: he looks awful nice, but I'm worried I like him because he's pretty. And he ran better last year.
Hannah likes Sir Cherokee. I'm not convinced. :-)
Empire Maker? I loved his dad, and as Hannah says, his mom had a tremendous amount of class. But I'm afraid I have a theory about horses with arrogant names.
And I just don't think he has the class to take a look in the eye and come back, and there's horses in this bunch that *live* for a stretch challenge.
For the win? Buddy Gil. I think he's underrated. Gary Stevens says he's a better horse than Silver Charm, with the same heart. He's a Northern Dancer grandson, and I'm willing to bet he's got grit he hasn't touched. And he runs like he's stubborn. I like that.
I hear a rumor he doesn't like mud, though, and it could be a sloppy track, in which case I think I'll jump on the Ten Most Wanted bandwagon. Now, there's a nice looking colt. Big, powerful, stride like a steam locomotive. This could be a real good year, boys and girls.
So the angular bay gelding or the big, burly bay colt. Over all their bay, dark bay, and dark bay/brown competition.
I'm reasonably confident, however, that the winner will be a bay colt. Or a bay gelding. :-) (Now watch Peace Rules or Funny Cide get it)
Now that I'm on record, watch Scrimshaw rock home and take it going away. In any case, expect to hear me screaming on Saturday.