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Three Year Old Race Live Look In


As the Haskell approaches, it is time to look at what races our Triple Crown race winners will be in during the summer… Oh wait… we have no active winners anymore.  I’ll Have Another retired only hours before Belmont Stakes day and Union Rags retired just days ago.  The Baffert-Zayat pair of Paynter and Bodemeister are the highest finishers left in action, although Bode won’t be making an appearance in the Baffert dominated Haskell.  Then you have Dullahan, perhaps the only horse that was able to come out of this Triple Crown nightmare unscathed.  He is hoping to show that this crop of three year olds is still good enough to contend with the older horses like Game on Dude and Ruler on Ice.  Speaking of Ruler on Ice, his stablemate My Adonis is also going to be at his home track to contend in the Haskell.  Could Breen and the Halls take the reins of this falling three year old division?  Maybe Pletcher’s Gemologist could capture the Haskell and ride out the year, hoping to repeat for WinStar Farm in the Classic.  This time last year, Shackleford was the clear favorite of the three year old division, and then he faltered and fell from the ranks at distance.  Then came the Pletcher horse of Stay Thirsty to capture the Repole Crown from Uncle Mo, but that pair finished near the back of the pack in an overhyped Breeder Cup Classic.  Ruler on Ice’s name popped up but he never could get the win to solidify his position.  So what will happen this year?  With I’ll Have Another and Union Rags out, could someone take to the front and ride out the year, or will the retired wonder horse I’ll Have Another get one more win under his belt as he smiles from Japan?

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