My race choices this weekend are polar opposites: Gr1 Turf classics on Saturday at Arlington, and Two-Year-Old Sprints on dirt/poly on Sunday! Whee!
This year’s Million looks to be a Euro romp, unless by some chance Silverfoot catches the Jambalaya/Tin Man/John Henry spirit and pulls a major upset. Archipenko is the early fave, with Einstein leading the US contingent. But here are my picks:
Mount Nelson just won a hard-fought Coral Eclipse stakes and O’Brien has been on fire this year. Archipenko will give him a run, but I see the son of The Rock pulling through. Einstein has to do scads better than he has in his last 2 to even get close to the Euros. Stream Cat actually won his last out, at Arlington, so I give him an edge over the Scientist.
SUNDAY: SUPER SPEEDY FUTURITY DAY
BEST PAL STAKES Gr2 Del Mar:
alt: S.S. STone
VANDAL Stakes Woodbine:
alt: Win and Reign
Man, this turned out to be a short field. The top three look pretty well matched, but Silver Rocket had the best workout.
Northwest Stallion STRONG RULER Stakes Emerald Downs:
alt: Nickel Nickel