|Photo Credit: NYRA, Adam Coglianese|
The Preakness winner is quite the physical specimen and if I saw him in the paddock before the Derby I think I would have dropped a few bucks on him just on appearance.
Ironically he was washed out in the Preakness post parade but still romped home with a half-length victory over the Derby champ.
Now we move on to Belmont Park and the Test of the Champion and the daunting mile and a half distance.
Here's what's going through my noggin.....
- He couldn't hang on to the lead with soft fractions in the ten furlong Derby, wouldn't that suggest twelve furlongs isn't his gig?
- If not for a difficult start by Animal Kingdom and taking dirt in the face for the first time, would he have caught him at Pimlico? Granted, I give you Shack bobbled at the gate also may equalize this argument.
- Is the three races in five weeks and a very tough Florida Derby duel too much for trainer Dale Romans' star colt?
- In a Troy Record article analyzing Thoro-Graph trends the author wrote: "last time he had 21 days between races after a new top, Shackleford bounced to the moon." Is he a prime bounce candidate?
- It's been well documented that Shack wouldn't let AK by him during the gallop out after the Preakness wire, does this really carry out any weight for a handicapper?
- Will Shack's outside #12 post cause him to exert early energy to get to a better position before the clubhouse turn? The race is 12 furlongs, does this really matter?
- Jockey Jesus Castanon does not have a mount on the undercard and is not familiar with Belmont where the half mile pole is where the three-eighths pole is at most North American tracks (at the far turn). Gotta know yo' poles, no?
- Shaq retired this week.....omen?
- Shake Shack owner is giving away free shake with a Shack win in the Belmont...can he really go two for two with this promotion?
- My gut tells me to toss him....this time I'm going with my gut. What do you think?
Full disclosure: I really love this horse....just not Saturday.