So, who do I like in tomorrow's field of fourteen? I like all of them, due to one thing or another, in actuality. Palace Malice and Vyjack are related to my horses - both dams trace back to *Forli, with Vyjack having Affirmed in his sire's pedigree, and Palace Malice being a son of Curlin. Both Orb and Incognito have A. P. Indy in the sire line, with Unbridled in the dam's line. Revolutionary goes back to Man o'War on top and bottom; while Midnight Taboo is by Langfuhr. Oxbow is by Awesome Again, while the filly Unlimited Budget is by Street Sense. Golden Soul has Sadler's Wells on the top and Mr. Prospector on the bottom; Overanalyze is from the Dixieland Band family. Belmont is the home track for Giant Finish, and, for some strange reason, I like the fact that his great-grand dam was named "Miss Betty." I have picked both Frac Daddy and Will Take Charge in previous races due to their pedigrees and looks. And Freedom Child, the chestnut ridgling, could be a surprise contender.
It's a mile and a half race. Three of the colts have run in the other two legs - Orb, Oxbow, and Will Take Charge. I would like for any of the veteran jockeys to win the race - John Velasquez, Edgar Prado, Gary Stevens, Jon Court, Mike Smith, or Julien Leparoux. I can't get my wager pool any smaller - so I'm picking five horses that I think can win the race: Oxbow, Midnight Taboo, Palace Malice, Unlimited Budget (of course I have to bet on the girl!), and Golden Soul. Depending on the weather, the track, and the looks of the horses, I might change my mind before post time... But those are my picks for now.
Kudos for Mark Udall!